Fly­zone L-39 Al­ba­tros RX-R

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When it comes to just plain sexy-look­ing mod­ern jets, the Czech Aero Vodochody L-39 Al­ba­tros se­ries has to be near the top of that list. The Al­ba­tros has a slip­peryshaped form nose to tail with a tall, pur­pose­ful canopy that doesn’t dis­rupt those sleek lines. This model is an ac­cu­rate ren­di­tion of the full-scale Al­ba­tros and fea­tures molded, pre­dec­o­rated Ae­ro­cell-foam air­frame com­po­nents that re­quire min­i­mal assembly.

The Al­ba­tros kit makes no pro­vi­sion for land­ing gear and must be hand-launched, and con­se­quently it landed on its belly for re­cov­ery. The man­u­fac­turer claims a speed of 90mph is achiev­able with the L-39. Since I don’t have a teleme­try down­link, I’ll take their word for it. I will say that for its size, when it is “on the step,” it re­ally ap­pears (and sounds like) it’s mov­ing briskly, and ob­servers start pay­ing at­ten­tion and com­ment­ing.

You can plan on spend­ing less than an hour as­sem­bling your L-39, in­clud­ing epoxy cure time, as there isn’t that much to “build”; in any event, you should have some ex­pe­ri­ence with elec­tric mod­els. Ac­tual assembly is straight­for­ward and doesn’t re­quire a lot in the way of tools and ad­he­sives. The ab­so­lute best part of this jet, be­yond what I’ve al­ready men­tioned, is the price. It’s hard to fig­ure how this kit can be sold for less than $180, given the qual­ity of the sup­plied com­po­nents. Does it work right out of the box? Ab­so­lutely, just add a 3-chan­nel re­ceiver matched to your trans­mit­ter and a 4S 2200mah Lipo pack and you’re ready to go!—rich Urav­itch

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