Eflite Splendor AS3X

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Feb 032013
 

The new Eflite Splendor is new Z-foam aircraft packed full of revolutionary technology and design concepts from World Champion Quique Somenzini’s years of experience designs models of all types and sizes.

The Splendor utilises Carbon Z a composite technology used to made Z-foam rigid. This is achieved by Carbon spars is vital areas mixed with plywood to keep the weight down. The result of this is an incredibly lightweight & stiff structure, whether this is the wings, fuselage or flight surfaces. To be able to achieve this with foam opens the possibilities of what ‘foamies’ can do.

The other technology is the new AS3X park flyer gyro system housed in the AR635 receiver. Like the new VisionAire this RX is used to improve the flight performance of this new design. In an aircraft like the Splendor the 3axis Mems Sensor’s will improve how the plane will hold lines, therefore using the Splendor as a training tool for F3A is a viable option. The AS3X improves an aircraft so that it feels bigger in the air and pilots looking to improve their discipline with aerobatics or learn new schedules can in a relativity inexpensive package.

The Build

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A colourful box, with foam packaging to support the airframe during shipping.

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It’s a big airplane, the biggest Z-foam model to date, it all arrived safe & undamaged.

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The finish of Z-foam is improving all the time, the paint finish is also superb.

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The first part of the build is to install the wire UC. The wire UC is slotted into a plastic groove and held in place with a plastic retainer and two screws on each side. The leg cover is also screwed through this retainer and clips to the wire.

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The leg cover adds that finished look to the aircraft.

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The spats and wheels are pre installed so nothing to do there.

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The horizontal stab and elevator are pre hinged with CA hinges. There is a carbon spar in the tail, a locating pin for the stab that keys into the fuselage.

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The elevator joiner is a square socket joining the two elevator halves to form a rigid connection.

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The horz stab is held in place with two screws each half. A nice touch is that all the fixings on CarbonZ aircraft are now Allen key headed, that bit of extra quality. You can also see the carbon& fibreglass spar in horz stab. The rudder linkage is all connected up and the steerable tailwheel is also pre installed.

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The elevator linkage needs connected, again a touch of quality here, a ball joint at the control surface. The new eflite 26g metal geared digital servos are also impressive, slope free and very smooth.

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The large hatch is gives lots of access to the battery tray and RX.

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It is opened via a new flush mechanical button at the front of the hatch, it is pinned at the rear with two plastic dowels.

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The wings are held in place with 4 screws (2 per panel). A carbon wing tube acts as the main spar. The wing panels themselves are all factory finished, ailerons are hinged with CA hinges & the servos are connected with the same high quality fixings as with the elevator and rudder.

The Flying

The test flight was a uneventful affair. After some quick preflight checks and a range test it was time to take to the air. The 2x3s 3200mah lipos connected in series to give 6s give the Splendor plenty of performance and after a short takeoff run this sleek model was quickly into the air. The AS3X systems reduces trim required and after a circuit I didn’t need any.

I quickly felt very comfortable with this plane, basic aerobatics are a joy to perform due to the neutral & “locked in” feel that the design gives complimented by the AR635. Knife edge is superb with no coupling required at all angles of attack. Although not designed for 3D it is capable of basic 3D, in part due to the AS3X. Harriers are very stable and controllable and hovering & torque rolls are very stable. The new BL50 motor coupled with elfites 60amp ESC’s give a really linear feel to the throttle and in the 3D this makes a lot of difference.

Overall I think this design and the innovations it contains make the Splendor a great choice for F3A or other aerobatic disciplines (iMac and freestyle) if a pilot wants a convenient everyday aircraft to improve their standard for both competition or at the club.

Pictures are below.

 

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Thanks to Horizon Hobby UK for allowing me to test this new aircraft.

Matthew