Introducing the Mini ASK21produced by Japanese manufacturer Cassiopeia.
The Mini ASK21 is a light, well constructed, scale sailplane that flies as well as it looks! This 1.3 meter ship is efficient, it slices cleanly through the air, thermals well, and is easy on the eyes to boot. It behaves like a larger plane, handling bumps and burbles with grace. We like that this model was designed with landing wheels so we don't have to worry about belly landing it on tar, concrete, and the like.
How is it made?
The Mini ASK21 sports a lightweight fully sheeted balsa wing and a 2.4gHz friendly fiberglass fuselage construction. The fuselage is painted after the molding process; this hides the unsightly mold parting lines giving the ship a more scale appearance. The wings are fully sheeted making the Mini ASK21 a little tougher than a typical film over open rib thermal ship. The Mini ASK21 sports ailerons and a balsa T-Tail and a rudder. The ailerons are controlled by independent servos allowing extra features to be mixed in such as flaperons and spoilers. The servo pockets are precut and the control surface hinges are pre-installed. The plane can be built with or without an electric power system.
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 control horns, carbon wing joiner, a pair of hooks and a spring for retaining the wings. Laser cut from ply are the servo tray, control horns, motor mount, parts to make the wheel mounts and fuselage stiffeners for the wing joiner tube. An assembly manual (with decal set) is included. The manual is written in Japanese but has clear pictures that will guide all but the newest builders to a successful outcome.
|Wing Area||13.1dm2 (203.1in2)|
|All Up Weight||280~320g (9.8~11.2oz) Glider // 450~500g (15.8~17.6oz) Electric|
|No of Servos||4|
|Controls||Ail, Rud, Ele,|
|Battery||3s 800mAh approx (electric drive)|