MicroScout Foam RC Model Airplane Kit
The MicroScout is a quick building RC airplane kit that flies like a champ
- Specialized foam construction, unique web video instruction
- Will need to purchase Plantraco radio control set and motor
- Proportional three channel control for rudder, elevator and throttle
- Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
- Flight characteristics: 8 out of 10 (flies quickly!)
- Where to buy: www.plantraco.com
The MicroScout is a very cool RC model airplane you build from a kit, and one that is a great deal of fun to build and fly. You will truly improve your modeling and flying skills with this innovative kit.
Plantraco has a very comprehensive website describing their kits and associated products, and the radio equipment needed to complete the MicroScout.
Note in the picture at right you will get a model airplane kit that must be fully assembled. Plantraco has a great set of videos on their website that take you through all the steps needed to construct the MicroScout.
Oddly enough, the MicroScout does not require a set of plans, just the web videos. And the building goes quickly. I started on a Saturday morning and flew later the same day. Some difference from the early days of radio control planes in the 1930s where models took months to construct.
Lightweight magnetic actuators, used to move the elevator and rudder, are employed by Plantraco. These actuators are a requirement to meet the half ounce weight requirement for the MicroScout.
This was my first time working with these tiny radio system components. The actuators are small but work just fine. The Plantraco videos do a perfect job walking you through their installation.
There are no plans, just the very well done flash videos on the Plantraco website. I literally built my MicroScout on a Saturday morning and flew it that evening - the first time I had ever done this with a model airplane kit.
The MicroScout goes together quickly. Plantraco has thought out the construction process very carefully.
Shown to the right is the carbon rod fuselage stick, wing support former and tail surfaces. Holes in support former are for the rudder/elevator actuators. A computer RC flight sim can help a lot with learning to master this quick little flyer.
View of the MicroScout's wing installation (simply glued in place) and the two magnetic actuators. This micro model airplane kit is a quick and responsive flyer for intermediate to advanced pilots.
The good new is the MicroScout is so lightweight it is just about impossible to damage in a model airplane crash.
Mounting the motor
Finished nose section is at right. Note the geared electric motor turning the large, efficient propeller. The square receiver/electronic speed control is just in front of wing leading edge.
Note also foam wheels on the lightweight landing gear. Plantraco has a unique magnetic system to hold the battery in place, and it works very well.
The three channel Plantraco transmitter also doubles as a charger for the in flight battery.
The MicroScout flies great. The model airplane is small and moves right along.
Before your first flight ensure the flight controls move freely and in the correct direction. Check also you have the full amount of elevator and rudder movement called for in the video.
The little geared motor provides plenty of thrust. Have a friend do the first hand launch and anticipate adding some up elevator. The MicroScout flies quickly at full throttle so plan ahead with an early turn to keep the model in sight.
The MicroScout is a solid flyer, but not a trainer or suitable for a beginning RC model airplane. If you are comfortable with the Cessna 210 model airplane at full throttle, you'll be fine taking the MicroScout for a spin.
Author: Gordon McKay