Thought i would update on this airframe now we have managed to get some hours on it. (its been a very wet Autumn / Winter here)
We looked for an airframe that had a glass fuse and a longer tail moment than the pawnee.
Initially we were thinking of making a mould for a RV8, but then we found this airframe and decided to give it a looksee.
Overall impression of the kit.
This is a nicely built kit overall but needs some attention for towing duty. We upgraded the mounting points for the undercarriage and changed the strut mounting points for easier access during rigging.
We removed the original servo mount plate (that took up most of the interior) and make specific mount points for all the internal items.
The tail feathers were modified for quick rigging and a mechanical latch system was made for the main deck which makes it easy to check fuel etc.
We also reinforced the canopy by making an internal frame to support the blown canopy. This was probably a bit of an overkill, but some of the rougher places we fly have been known to flip aircraft.
The glass fuse is quite nice quality, but most of the internal formers are quite thin and need reinforcing at points where you will use them to mount things like the fuel tank.
The built up wings need little to no work except, after some use, we did have to beef up the strut mount points.
We installed the DA120 and it has more than enough power for this airframe.
She is a pussycat!
Compared to our pawnee (ours is a glass fuse version - much heavier wing loading that the Hanger 9 ones) the agwaggon is a trainer! The longer tail moment makes it very sedate in both the tow and landings.
Because of the big removable deck, we decided to go with a bridle system on the thrust line and just aft of the CofG.
So far we have easily towed sailplanes to 19kg with no issues at all. The plane is very responsive on the tow, and there is little adverse affect from the glider on tow.
The big flaps and stable plan form make it a doddle to land.
So, if you are looking for a good stable platform and would prefer the longevity of a glass fuse at about the same price as the Hanger 9 airframe, this can be a great alternative.