Flyzone L-39 Albatros RX-R
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