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Written by Fitz Walker A compact thoroughbred racer Product Review As seen in the March 2019 issue of Model Aviation.

Watch It Fly

The factory color scheme is vibrant and sporty.

There Is Something to be said about the convenience of a small model that can be thrown into the back of a car and flown whenever the opportunity arises, especially if that model offers excellent flight performance and handles a variety of atmospheric conditions.

The Multiplex FunRacer looks to not only be an answer to those requirements, but it is also an attractive semiscale model. Looking much like one of those highly modified P-51 warbird racers seen at the Reno Air Races, the FunRacer is a sleek, club racer-style model that is intended for those who like to fly fast. This hand-launched speed machine comes ready to fly right out of the box.

Assembly

I was immediately impressed with how well the model was packaged. Great care was taken to revent shipping damage by using a combination of bubble wrap and foam blocks that formed a rigid fixture for the wing and fuselage. It would take an impressive act of malice to damage any of the parts in shipping.

When it is unwrapped, you are presented with three major parts: the wing, fuselage, and horizontal stabilizer. An accompanying parts bag contains wing screws, Velcro strips, and an elevator control rod. My model came factory painted in a two-tone orange and white scheme with black trim. There is, however, an unpainted version available for those who like to custom paint their models.

The surface finish of the large-cell Elapor foam is smooth and feels durable and solid to the touch. Speaking of durability, both the wing and tail have carbon-fiber rod reinforcements embedded in them. It was good to see such reinforcement, especially on a fast airplane.

Numerous decals with a semigloss finish are factory applied and give the model character. Some additional peel-and-stick number decals are also thrown in for those who would like to make the airplane more racerlike. All of the servos are factory installed. You will need to supply a Y connector for the aileron servos if you choose not to connect them separately.

At the business end is a striking, chrome-plated plastic spinner encapsulating an APC 10 × 7E propeller. Out of curiosity, I removed the propeller and spinner, revealing a larger than expected 1,160 Kv motor with a seemingly beefy front ball bearing. Equally impressive is the metal motor mount used to hold the motor in place. I could see one putting a lot of power into this machine without worrying about breaking anything.

the aluminum motor
The aluminum motor mount features integrated cooling holes and appears to be quite rugged.

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