AJA ARS 86” – FUSION COLOR
The process started with talking with Tim Jesky . He was helpful, spent a lot of time responding to questions. So, I pulled the trigger. (Might be the wrong metaphor to used in these times). Upon receipt of the merchandise, I found the shipping container (for lack of a better description “the boxes”) to be well constructed. Double boxed, with reinforced areas for the inner box and the wing(s) inner box had wood cradles to protect the box/wings. The fuse, rudder, and stab were securely fastened to the interior box. Misc parts in a separate compartmented area within the large container. There was no damage to the plane at all even though the exterior box looked like it had a rough trip across the country.
Having control surfaces pre-glued and sealed really speeds up the assembly process. I liked that carbon fiber is used where it will provide the most structural integrity. The Ultra coat was for the most part wrinkle free. I still went over all the seams with an iron and after final assembly I used a heat gun. This is done with all my models. Also, in any area that I could reach I used CA on all the joints etc
I like the simplicity of the design using two screws to attach the landing gear fairing to the main gear. On that note: One thing that stood out for me is everything aligned correctly during assembly. Most ARF’s have issues with aligning the mounting bolts in the fuse to secure the cowl/ canopy or wheel pants etc. A lot of ARF’s don’t align …..but that is not the case with ARS 300.86”
Simply stated, all you have to do is install servos, control horns, motor, ignition, fuel tank, fuel hose and you’re pretty much done. The Ultra coat is applied well. By that I mean you can actually see the overlay at the seams. Many ARF have the Ultra coat butted up at the seam or very little over lay.
The motor box is re-enforced with “L” brackets and bolts. Nice feature to have up front, especially considering single cylinder engines vibrate more than twins.
This is the first ARF I’ve purchased with a removable rudder. The rod and hinges aligned perfectly and went together without issue.
To date, I have to say this is the best ARF I’ve built. I’ve built Wild Hare, Aero Works, Extreme Flight, Precision Aerobatics, etc.; I highly recommend this ARF to anyone. At this time I can’t comment on flight characteristics because I haven’t flown it yet. I’m looking forward to that this weekend if the weather is nice.
Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer) Chuck Mosa from Palmdale, California on 3/30/2018