Introducing the Eclipse produced by Japanese manufacturer Cassiopeia.
The Eclipse is a light, well constructed, mini pattern ship that flies like it is on rails! The goal of this design was to create a mini pattern ship that behaves as similarly to the larger competition ships as possible. The result was a 40 inch pattern ship that is easy to transport, quiet in flight and performs well enough that it can be used to hone precision flying skills by both pattern specialists and sport flyers alike. The Eclipse with its thin section isometric wing with tapered ailerons and a generous rudder has the the physical endowments necessary for making sharp direction changes and holding lines without overshoot or wandering.
How is it made?
The Eclipse sports lightweight fully sheeted balsa wings and a well engineered balsa / ply fuselage construction. The turtle deck, canopy and the motor cowling are vacuum formed plastic and are pre painted but not yet installed. The Eclipse sports ailerons and a balsa stabilizer and rudder. The ailerons are controlled by independent servos allowing extra features to be mixed in such as flaperons or spoilers. The servo pockets are precut and the control surface hinges are pre-installed. The Eclipse has a unique motor mount, the motor is supported in the front and the rear; the standard firewall mount and a bearing support at the rear of the bell. This is accomplished with a bearing block that slides onto the shaft on the rear of the motor and is fastened to the fuselage. This support method provides better vibration damping and improves the ability of the fuselage to dissipate gyroscopic forces (see pics). To use this option it is up to the builder to locate and purchase the appropriate flanged bearing that fits the shaft size of the motor you have chosen. The motor also needs to have a short section of shaft protruding from the bell for the bearing to support. The motor we have recommended below has a removable cap on the end of of the bell, retained by four screws. Removing that cap exposes a short section of shaft.
The entire unit feels good in the hand, not too soft or flexy and light as a feather. Something to keep in mind is to keep this plane as light as possible when fitting it out. Lighter equals better performance and better crash survivability.
In the small bits department the kit comes with G-10 control horns, a carbon wing joiner. Aluminum landing gear with wheels and wheel pants and a tail wheel. Control rods and clevis', screws and washers and a little fiberglass. Laser cut from ply are the servo tray, motor mounts etc. There are too many ply parts to list here. While the majority of the work on this model is already completed there is a lot of detail work that needs to be done to complete this kit. An assembly manual (with decal set) is included. The manual is written in Japanese but has clear pictures that will guide experienced model builders to a successful outcome. We don't recommend this kit for beginner builders.
|Wing Area||20.5dm2 (317.8in2)|
|All Up Weight||850~1000g (29.9~35.2oz)|
|Motor Max Power||400~500w approx (1700~1900 grams thrust)|
|No of Servos||4|
|Controls||Ail, Rud, Ele, Thr|
|Battery||3 - 4s 2200~2500mAh|