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Written by Fitz Walker Old School Model Works Javelin As seen in the October 2020 issue of Model Aviation. Review

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At A Glance

specifications

Specifications

Flying weight: 5 pounds, 9 ounces

Wingspan: 60 inches

Length: 49 inches

Wing area: 710 square inches

Wing loading: 18 ounces per square foot

Radio: Spektrum DX8 G2

Receiver: Spektrum AR637T sixchannel telemetry receiver

Servos: Hitec HS-225BB; Hitec HS-322HD

Recommended power system: .25 to .51 glow engine or equivalent brushless motor; 3S or 4S LiPo battery

Motor used: BadAss 3515-940 Kv brushless

Speed controller: 85-amp BadAss Rebel

Battery: BadAss 4S 5,000 mAh LiPo

Airfoil: NACA M12

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Pluses

  • Well engineered and easy to build.
  • Great flying characteristics.
  • Unique looks.
minuses

Minuses

  • Some minor typos in manual and on the plans.
  • Motor mount box (see text).
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Manufacturer/Distributer

Old School Model Works

(513) 755-7494

www.oldschoolmodels.com


javelin screams classic sport plane
The Javelin screams "classic sport plane," and it delivers!

THERE IS SOMETHING special about highwing sport airplanes. The configuration is not intimidating and almost trainerlike, yet it is capable of a fairly high degree of aerobatics. It is a "comfort food" type of model if you will—a lowstress airplane that you can fly anytime and on a whim.

This seems to be the philosophy of the Old School Model Works Javelin, a .40-size glow/electric high-wing sport airplane kit. It’s an all-original design that invokes the merging of fun-fly performance with Pattern aircraft influences wrapped up in a stylish, if somewhat angular package.

Nearly every wood piece that is not a balsa stringer is laser cut—even minor parts not normally thought necessary to bother with lasering. I inspected the kit contents and all of the parts were of good, consistent-quality wood.

I counted roughly 24 sheets of laser-cut parts in addition to numerous balsa and basswood sticks. All of the precut parts are clearly labeled with intuitively named, engraved lettering. Both the balsa and plywood parts sheets were cleanly laser cut.

A generous amount of hardware is included; the only items I needed to purchase were wheels and pushrods. The plans come rolled in two sheets, with one each for the wing and fuselage parts. The manual is 18 pages, with each step featuring an associated black and white photo. Those who like more color in their life can download an electronic copy of the manual, complete with color photos, from the manufacturer’s website.


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