Exclusive 1st Look!
Model: 46% TOC Ultimate 10-300
Type: giant-scale biplane ARF
Manufacturer: Hangar 9
Distributor: Horizon Hobby Distributors
Wingspan: 100 in.
Wing area: 3,310 sq. in
Weight: 40 lb.
Wing loading: 27.85 oz./sq. ft.
Length: 110 in.
Engine req'd: 150 to 200cc gasoline engine
Engine used: Desert Aircraft DA-150
Radio req'd: 6-channel (with 15 servos)
Radio used: JR PCM 10X with 8411 servos (14) and an 8101 servo
for throttle; three Duralite Plus battery packs used: one 2400mAh
for receiver; two 3200mAh packs for servos.
Prop used: Mezjlik 32x10
Features: a factory-built fuselage and main hatch; a formed
canopy; four wing panels; interplane struts and tail surfaces; a
painted fiberglass engine cowl and wheel pants; a carbon-fiber landing
gear; bolt-together aluminum cabane struts and a carbon-fiber top
center rib; a tailwheel assembly; aluminum top and bottom wing tubes.
Comments: the Hangar 9 46% TOC Ultimate 10-300 is an impressive
factory-built aerobatic biplane. Almost 1/2 scale, the model is
a true ARF and comes covered in Hangar 9 Ultracote in a yellow,
white, black and silver trim scheme. It is balsa and ply and has
carbon fiber in key stress areas to produce a light and strong aircraft.
Designed by Mike McConville, the Ultimate has plug-in wings and
removable tail surfaces that make transporting this aerobatic giant
a bit easier!
Excellent construction quality and craftsmanship.
Very strong composite landing gear.
Wonderful flight characteristics.
Must set up the top wing incidence and drill the carbon-fiber
top center rib before final assembly.
It isn't every day that we get the chance to test-fly a
company's very first production model to come into the country! When executive
editor Debra Cleghorn told us that Horizon Hobby Distributors had requested
that we review the brand-new, gigantic, 46% TOC Ultimate 10-300 from Hangar
9, we jumped at the chance! Talk about pressure! We would have less than
two weeks to build, set up, fly, evaluate and photograph this big, beautiful
biplane. We also had to meet a very short deadline to get the article
in the October issue! This is one hell of a job, but someone has to do
|Associate managing editor Jaime Studd shows off
just how big the Ultimate 10-300 really is.
The first thing Rick Bell and I had to do was to find a local builder
who was not only equipped for the task but also had plenty of giant-scale
experiencesomeone we could count on to do the job right. Our old flying
buddy Sal Manganaro of Newtown, CT, agreed to take on the project. To
make things even better, Sal already had a Desert Aircraft DA-150 engine
just waiting for an airplane.
After a few calls and a lunch meeting, we all agreed to our appointed
tasks. Sal would build and pilot the finished 10-300, I would coordinate
with the manufacturers of the accessories that we needed to complete the
project, help Sal with the building tasks and turn his shop notes into
the finished article. Rick would research and write about product information,
set up the flying-field accommodations and assist Sal with the flight
Gee, I just love it when a plan comes together! Were we successful? Check
out this one-of-a-kind "Flight Test" and find out!