Super Decathlon 40 oz10203


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Great Planes Super Decathlon 40. Wingspan 64 in, wing area 694 sq in, for 2-stroke .40-.46 (6.5-7.5 cc) or 4-stroke .48-.70 (7.5-11.5 cc) engine, with 4-channel radio.

This is a discontinued kit from Great Planes. See their page at: for more details, materials list, download of kit manual, etc.

Quote: "The Super Decathlon 40 is a 1/6-scale model of a fullsize Bellanca Super Decathlon, owned by Pete Myers, located at Howell Airport in New Lenox, IL. The airplane was built by Champion Aircraft in 1979. Pete calls his Super Decathlon 'experimental' because he has made a few changes to enhance its acrobatic capabilities, the most noticeable of which are the squared-off 'clipped' wing tips. The normal wingspan would be 32 ft; but due to the special tips, Pete's Decathlon spans only 30.5 ft. You will notice that the model's wingspan has been increased by 5% to enhance the flying qualities.

If you are interested in sport scale competition, you'll be happy to know that color photos of Pete's full-size Super Decathlon are available from Scale Model Research, 2334 Ticonderoga Way, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

The Super Decathlon 40 is easy to build and fly, predictable, highly acrobatic, and has no 'bad habits,' making it a great sport-scale airplane (as long as you don't get carried away with the glue bottle and make it a 'lead sled')! Although the model is sufficiently close to scale that it can place well in sport-scale competition, traditional Great Planes quality and ruggedness is evident throughout, making this an airplane you'll want to take along every time you go to the flying field.

This is not a beginner's airplane! While the Super Decathlon 40 is easy to build and flies great, we must discourage you from selecting this kit as your first R/C airplane. It is fast, highly maneuverable, and lacks the selfrecovery characteristics of a good basic trainer such as the Great Planes PT Series airplanes. On the other hand, if you have already learned the basics of R/C flying and you are able to safely handle an aileron trainer airplane such as the Great Planes Trainer Series or Big Stick Series airplanes, the Super Decathlon 40 is an excellent choice..."

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Supplementary files

Kit manual (44 pages, complete).


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Super Decathlon 40  
by Don Anderson
from Great Planes
64in span
Tags: Scale IC R/C Cabin Civil
formers unchecked



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