Although it may look like one, this is NOT a kite! It uses strong, lightweight coated ripstop fabric with a carbon fiber tube frame and collapses in a couple minutes into a skinny bundle, but that is where the similarity ends. The wing holds its airfoil shape at all times from pre-formed ribs with only the washout being controlled via twist at the wing tips.
The slow flight video clip shows this with a stall near the end of a steep climb. It is also very comfortable in breezy conditions due to the outstanding control response.
With a cheap GWS IPS-A motor it can be looped from a dive plus do some amazingly tight turns, wingovers and even limited inverted. Add a small brushless outrunner motor and it gets great performance and stunts plus slow and stable flight when desired.
Using 2S 1250 LiPolys we get over a half hour long flight times.
Wing span - 42" (43" with frame)
Length - 16"
(collapsed size - 24" x 3" x 3")
Area - 360 sq. in. (2.5 sq. ft)
RTF weights tested - 8 to 12 oz. - 9 oz. with 2.5 oz battery typical
(10 oz max recommended with suspension rods - see owners hanger page)
Wing loading of 3.2 - 4 oz per sq. ft. - 3.6 oz/sq. ft. at 9 ozs.
GWS IPS "A" w/ 9x7 SF GWS prop (minimum performance)
Most CD-ROM based post-mount brushless outrunners w/GWS 8x4 or 9x5 DD props
Batteries - 2S 1200~1500 Li-Polys or equal
Receiver - GWS R4P or
as Berg Microstamp, Hitec HFS-04MG
or Plantraco DSP4
For soaring, a dual conversion, long range receiver is recommended like a Hitec Electron 6
Spread Spectrum 2.4 GHz radio systems are ideal
ESC - GWS
ICS-50 or GS-100 (w/brake) for brushed motors
Castle Creations Phoenix 10 or ThunderBird 18 for CDRom brushlessmotors
Servos - 30 + ounce torque
3 channel radio with delta or elevon mixing
preferably with programmability
(but an inexpensive Hitec Neon works just fine!)
Warperons in action! (animated gif - wait for all frames to load)
OTHER FEATURES: Specially designed shock absorbing nose allows the Carbon Falcon to fly into things and endure nose-ins without any damage.
I read rc groups a bunch before I decided on the CF. It's my 3rd plane (firebird commander and slow stick being my first two), but it's already my favorite. I'm big into sport kites, so the rip-stop nylon and graphite "spars" were a big draw from the beginning. And now that I've nose-planted it a half a dozen times with NO damage at all, I'm very happy I bought it. I am very impressed (doesn't happen easily in this day of horrible service and cheap construction); you have made a truely top-notchproduct. I will reccomend the CF to anyone I know who wants to get into the hobby. It flies like a dream! After I finally figured out how to get it into the air (paper airplane launch didn't work; went with frisbie-style after 4 face-plants), it floated around the field with ease. Surprisingly, it's even more stable and easier to fly than my slow stick!
Keep up the excellent work. I'm quite envious of your creativity and ingenuity!
Thank you for the prompt shipment of my Falcon. I am a novice flyer, yet the Falcon is an easy craft to get up and fly and keep flying. It is pretty in the air.
My first RC model was the GWS Slow Stick. The Falcon is superior to the Slow Stick as a trainer with it's forgiving handling with a novice at the controls. The Falcon can fly in light wind which will fly a Slow Stick backwards! You can go through 3 foam ARF park flyers for the price of a CF, but the Falcon will still be flying and looking pretty. Keep the epoxy glue handy for the foamies!
Thank you for a great flyer that you can enjoy for a long time.
I've had the chance to fly my new Carbon Falcon two mornings this week. AMAZING! I'm fairly new to RC (since late spring) and I've already gone through quite a few planes, both inexpensive 2-channel RTF 27s and a few 3-channel ARFs (Great Planes easily-broken Firebat, GWS Slowstick, Wattage HyperWing) while looking for the "right" plane. The CF is absolutely the right plane. It's the first 3-channel prop plane that I've really enjoyed.
The CF is brilliantly designed, elegant both in the air and in the hand. This morning, I flew it with my local RC guru, Tony (the highly-respected long-time owner of Tony & Addie's Hobby Lobby in Burbank, California) and he was also singing your praises. The same from my best friend and cohort in flying, JR, who had to admit that he likes the Carbon Falcon a lot better than his IFO. Even my wife was impressed. I look forward to showing the CF off at the next area electric flying event.
I've developed an understandable dislike for the tape hinge design on many low-cost planes (Slowstick, Hyperwing, Firebat), which is another reason why your wing-warping machine has really won me over. Great climb, great maneuverability, great looking, well worth the price. Really nice work, Ken. I hope to be flying the CF for many years. Don't be surprised if I order a second as a backup.
Thanks again! I just wanted to let you know that you have a very satisfied customer.
FLY RC Magazine review - November 2004 issue
"Carbon Falcon, A Winner! III" (last active discussion)