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Wednesday, 06 July 2011 19:36


History

The plane designed around a gun. The Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II is an American single-seat, twin-engine, straight-wing jet aircraft developed by Fairchild-Republic in the early 1970s. The A-10 was designed for a United States Air Force requirement to provide close air support (CAS) for ground forces by attacking tanks, armored vehicles, and other ground targets with a limited air interdiction capability. It is the first U.S. Air Force aircraft designed solely for close air support.

The A-10 was designed around the GAU-8 Avenger, a heavy rotary cannon which forms the aircraft's primary armament (and is, to date, the largest weapon ever mounted on an aircraft). The aircraft's hull incorporates over 1,200 pounds (540 kg) of armor and was designed with survivability as a priority, with protective measures in place which enable the aircraft to continue flying even after taking significant damage.

The A-10's official name comes from the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt of World War II, a fighter that was particularly effective at close air support. The A-10 is more commonly known by its nickname "Warthog" or simply "Hog". As a secondary mission, it provides airborne forward air control, guiding other aircraft against ground targets. A-10s used primarily in this role are designated OA-10. The A-10 is expected to be replaced in 2028 or later. The A-10 holds a crew of 1 and is powered by 2 GE TF34-GE-100a turbofans capable of delivering a top speed of 518mph and a service ceiling of 45,000 feet.\



Intro

I bought the Dynam A-10 used, from a friend so this review will not be quite as in depth as others, but I will do my best to give the plane a fair shake.

Kit Contents

The A-10 comes tightly boxed in standard Dynam fashion which is a box full of more boxes. The fuselage does not come wrapped in plastic so if you order an A-10 and it arrives without damage; consider it a miracle.

The kit comes with all of the servos and EDF units preinstalled, but the escs are loose, waiting to be connected to the motors. There is a small accessories bag filled with the landing gear and attachments as well as a decal sheet and manual.

Assembly

Since I did not assemble the Warthog I don’t really know how it goes, but by judging from the model sitting beside me, pictures and videos online I can see that it isn’t too difficult. The wing simply screws into the fuselage and after the 40amp ESCs are connected to the motors, they slide into the fuselage and the rear fans are screwed onto the backside of the fuselage.

   

After the fans are installed the rear stabilizers are glued onto the elevator and the elevator is screwed into the fuselage. Once this step is complete the landing gear can be installed and all of the receiver wires plugged into your receiver! Decals should be the last step.

   

Features

The Dynam A-10 is a simple design that looks great. The airplane features two 64mm fans powered by two 40 amp ESCs. The A-10 is made out of EPO foam and is very durable. One of the nicest features of the A-10 is the fact that it runs on a standard 3S 2200mah battery. The included radio in the Ready-to-Fly version is full sized and feels good in the hands even though the gimbals are a little tall for my tastes.

   

First Flight

I was able to do the ‘try before you buy’ trick with the A-10 to see if it was something I wanted.  I grabbed the radio, checked the control surfaces, throttled up and the A-10 sprinted down the runway. When the plane was at what I thought was a good speed I pulled back on the elevator, but to my surprise the nose was still planted on the ground, so I let the A-10 gather more speed before trying it again. On the 2nd try the warthog leapt from the runway and up towards the sky. I was surprised at how much runway the EDF needed to get up to speed, but once in the air I was able to back off to a little over ½ throttle and fly around.

   

I went through several wide, boring circuits to get the feel of the jet and found it to be fairly docile and easy to fly! I didn’t have a timer on the stock radio so after 5 minutes of flight time on a 3S 2200mah battery I figured it was time to land. The plane settled in and thankfully I was able to get it down in one piece!

Flight Characteristics

The great thing about the Dynam A-10 is that it is an EDF that flies more like a normal (prop driven) airplane. Due to the shape of the body and the dual EDF units the Warthog combines the best of both types of plane. The A-10 has wonderful slow flight characteristics and there is virtually no tip stalling tendencies from what I can tell. The airplane has good power to fly around the sky, but it is no rocket so do not expect unlimited vertical. Inverted flight is possible with steady down elevator and loops look beautiful at full throttle. The warthog can pull tighter maneuvers since it does not have a traditional jet-type of body and the wings keep things afloat better than swept back wings.

Takeoffs and Landings

Even though the plane doesn’t need full power to stay in the air, it does take nearly full throttle and around 60 feet or better to get off the ground. While screaming down the runway the plane tracks perfectly as straight as an arrow. Once the plane is up to speed a little pull of the elevator and she will rise off the ground. The steerable nose wheel makes it easy to taxi around on the ground, but be aware that the steering will be mighty sensitive as power is applied.

 

Landings are easier than most EDF jets, and a welcome surprise. The A-10 does float fairly well which is good for slower landings. The Dynam Warthog does best when steady throttle is kept on the fans as the plane descends. The throttle can be cut about 3 feet off of the ground and the plane will glide down. The elevator will be sensitive during those last few feet so be careful to not flair too dramatically or you will go up, down, up and smash…or have a hard landing and tear out the nose gear like I did in the video below.

Is This Plane For a Beginner?

Since it is an EDF I cannot recommend this plane for a beginner, but it is a wonderful candidate for a first EDF. Good power, stable and not too fast.

Conclusion

I have always thought the A-10 was a funky design and I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. After flying the Dynam A-10 I can safely say I really like the looks and design of the model and its big brother counterpart. The Dynam Warthog is a well-balanced, fun plane to fly. It won’t burn your eyeballs with scorching speed, but it has respectable power and more importantly the model can fly off of a single 3S battery for at least 5 to 6 minutes! Not bad for a dual fan setup. The airplane is forgiving in slow settings and is easier to control than many other EDFs. I have been enjoying the Dynam A-10 much more than I thought I would, it is a unique and worthwhile addition to the hangar.

GRADE: B

Pros

  • Great looks, nice paint
  • Simple to assemble
  • Good power, fun to fly
  • EPO foam feels stiff and strong
  • Good first EDF

Neutrals

  • Needs a longer runway to get up to speed

Cons

  • Nose gear is a bit weak, prone to bending and ripping out of the fuselage
  • Does not come with a real GAU-8 Avenger cannon

 

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