Zulu EPO - Kit

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The Zulu is a very unique plane that features "Drooperons" on the leading edge, these provide much improved lift and aerobatic capabilities that you have to fly to fully appreciate! Thanks to the drooperons and the overall design the Zulu is hard to classify, it is a slope glider, a thermal glider and can also be electric powered.
  • How can I explain the Zulu? First I should tell you this is a glider that has some very unique flight surfaces. The Zulu incorporates "drooperons" on the leading edge. These surfaces are the key to the wide flight envelope and smooth aerobatics. While drooperons may not seem that new to you, these are a completely new approach, and the results are amazing. The drooperons work in conjunction with the elevons to increase lift in thermal activities, and also increased aerobatics. All of this is done with just 2 servos. How does all this work?  Here is a link that explains how the drooperons on the Zulu work.

    With drooperons installed, the Zulu can reach a much higher lift coefficient, ~80%, before stalling, both right-side-up and inverted. This allows for tighter turns, loops, a lower sink-rate, and slower stall speed. The drooperons are also effective at increasing roll-rate, especially at low speeds. With drooperons, the Zulu is also more stable during the deep-stall maneuver, making landings and altitude control easier.  

    So what do you get with the Zulu? It is intended to be able to fly in very light lift conditions, but still be fun to fly. Not only will it soar when other planes can't, but it will make the most of the light lift and allow you to have fun. The Zulu can be tip launched for added height, yet it is very much at home on the slopes. Beginners and advanced pilots alike love this plane!

    The Zulu has gone through many prototypes and at least 3 different production versions before this EPO molded version. The EPO version is by far the easiest to build with typical build times well under an hour. Just install your radio gear and glue on the tail. Very detailed instructions are included, so even someone that hates to build should have no issues with this one. The wings are removable via the twist of a screw and unplugging the servo leads, this is great when transport space is tight. 

    We have been flying these in a wide range of conditions from a mouse fart up to about 25mph at our local slopes. Pilots of all levels have been enjoying the flight performance. They plane is perfectly happy to make lazy turns in the sky, or turn it up and go crazy doing VTPR style maneuvers right off the deck. That is what makes the Zulu so great, it is very versatile!

    Power Option - Yep, she even has a firewall installed below the lightly glued nose cone. There is a power package available, see the associated products below for that item.

    Light wing loading of 4.6 oz/sq.ft (14.1 gm/sq.dm) means she can float when needed.

    Recommended radio gear:

    1. Transmitter with flying wing / delta wing mixing capability, expo/dual-rate preferred

    2. Two channel receiver

    3. Two metal geared servos (Emax ES09MD is a great choice that fits very well in the molded pockets.)

    4. One 4.8v AAA square battery pack or 2/3A flat pack. (Either results in a nearly perfect CG for the Zulu in glider form.)

    5. Two 12" 26 awg servo extensions.

    Kit includes:
    Two wing panels with carbon spars embedded
    Fuselage with motor mount, removable nose cone, and magnetic hatch
    Tail fin
    Fiberglass wing joiner (black)
    pushrods and clevises

    Sorry can not ship to the UK, Australia or Germany. Please see your local distributor.

    AirfoilZup1060 & Zup1065
    Wingspan59 in (1.5 meters)
    Wing Area556 sq.in (36 sq.dm)
    Empty Weight-
    RTF Weight18oz (510 gm)
    ControlsAileron, Elevator
    ConstructionEPO Foam
    Tail TypeNone
    Recommended Setup

    Please see the highly detailed instructions for all specs.

  • Customer Reviews

    Graceful, aerobatic, joy to fly

    I bought one of these from Zack at the Aloft booth at the AMA Expo about a year and 1/2 ago. Once I had it dialed in I put away my other 4 wings and the Zulu became my go to sloper. I fly it mostly at Temple Hill, but have flown it in Carlsbad at Dave's, Long Beach at Bluff Park and in San Clemente up between the rich folks homes. The drooperons are an absolute blast. Take advantage of them. They are your friends and help this wing do some amazing things. It doesn't like wind over 20 mph and shouldn't be expected to fly in that. It's a wonderful plane which I still love to fly. Review by N3 • (Posted on 5/3/2017)

    Excellent product...attention getter.. easy to build/assemble... learn your Dual rate settings... use them.. a little does a lot!

    I bought this kit so I could replace the fuselage on the motorizes Zulu I bought last year at the AMA expo in Ontario, Ca...The nose is delicate...doesn't like steep vertical descents into ground...lol... anyway... Zulu flies very nicely.. recommend 20% dual rate on both channels for launch and new or first flights..once up to altitude, high rate will amaze you. so I'm very impressed, and enjoy the plane... Take some time to set up the control rated... a little does a lot with these large control surfaces... believe me... it will be a gentle flier... flip the switches once at altitude, and you've got a Tiger... a great experience!...John Skeete... 5 yrs experience Review by John Skeete... Skeeter • (Posted on 12/31/2016)

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