While I was down in Toledo this year, I was looking at some various ARF's.
I had this intention to find myself perhaps a 50cc size arf that I could
fly for fun. I wanted something that would be very 3D capable, and
basically an airplane that I could just horse around with. I was looking
at a few, but when I saw QuiQue's new Python 100cc version arf, I said to
myself that I needed to get one of these. Even more appealing was the fact
that he had modified it to also fly with a DA-85. The reason I liked that
option is with that lighter motor combination, the wing loading would
just be phenomenal. Needless to say, I got one, and here are a few pics of
how it went together.
Engine installation and modification:
The Python was originally designed for the DA-100 and for that matter,
the motor box, cowl, etc, had to all be modified in order to accept a
DA-85. Here are a few pics of the installation. You will notice that I had
to re-drill the firewall, and carve out some of the motor box to get
everything to fit.
Here is a pic of the final motor installation:
Gluing in the tail planes:
This process was pretty straight forward, and went off with no
complications. I glued the hinges in with Zap hinge glue.
As with most of the Python kit, the wings are pretty straight forward.
I used Dubro linkages, and JR control horns. Here is a picture of the
The Python requires a total of 8 servos. I used one JR 8711 on the
rudder, one JR 9411SA for the throttle, and 6 JR 8611A's for the ailerons
and elevators. The receiver is a Powersafe Spektrum AR9100, running on two
A123 2300 mah packs. The setup is very rock solid.
The final assembly of the Python is again very straightforward.
Everything just basically went together rather easily. Here are some pics: