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You might have heard the news. The Classic Lightning is back! ...Well, not really. Because it's even better than that.
The Ultra Lightning had replaced the Classic Lighting a few years ago simply because it was time for a redesign and general improvement in several aspects of this slightly aging model airplane. The "Ultra" redsign had been accepted very well by our customers. However, some constantly nagged that they simply liked the straight wings with the large tip tanks and they said they miss it. Looking at some old classic Lightnings flying at jet meets here and there made us thinking, too.
So, we decided to take the Ultra Lightning in its current state, with all its improvements over the old "Classic Lightning" and fit a set of refined and reinforced "Classic" wings on it. Immediately the look was very familiar. However, we stayed with the swept back "Ultra" tail and the higher "Ultra" fin and this really looked great.
All who love the straight trailing edge and large tiptanks now have their favourite sport jet to go with. We call it "Classic Lightning" and we will stick with it. Even though it is better than that....
So, besides the performance, what else do you get for your money? A highly pre-built, brilliantly painted Sport Jet of very impressive size. All control surfaces pre-hinged, control horns installed, servo mounts built in. Double walled thrust tube, carbon turbine bypass, readily installed and blended intake duct. Twin kevlar fuel cells with 5.8 l capacity. Removable nose cone, preinstalled large bottom hatch and canopy frame. Slide-on wing panels with gear frames made from solid carbon fibre. Detachable stab and fin. Even more complete than you’d ever wish for.
The new "Classic Lightning’s" fuselage is a very strong hand laid up structure, air intakes glued and blended in. 20% more air intake surface area taken over from the "Ultra" let even the strongest engines breath freely. Two formers are readily installed to hold the engine and to align the intakes properly. The removable nose cone and the removable fin makes transport and storage easy. A giant hatch on the bottom with a safe 6-point fixture allows easy access to engine, ducting, thrust tube and fuel tanks. Therefore no further hatch is on the top side of the fuselage to prevail the clean, slick and tidy looks. The large canopy acts as the RC access from the top. A horizontal RC board keeps all components in place, both electronics for the engine and radio equipment. There is plenty of room for your installation, which also allows all kinds of varations, whatever you prefer. The canopy is held in place with one single bolt.
The new "Classic" wings have the same internal structure as the Ultra. A large access hatch is combined with the gear door. The 40 mm aluminium wing tube from anodized highest grade 6061 aluminium is supported by 6 wing ribs, which will take all the G-loads possibly generated by hard flying and is designed to even give the gear mount additional rigidity. The "Classic" stab and fin, however, remain from the Ultra in shape and internal structure.
As usual, all control surfaces like aileron, elevators, rudder and flaps, are skin hinged. This is a very rugged and reliable hinging method and it is aerodynamically the cleanest possible. Dual control horns hold heavy duty ball links, everything readily installed for you. The control surfaces are carefully sized so that at highest speeds a very smooth flying is possible, but still, in the slow flight mode, they have sufficient authority to throw the plane around the corners almost in 3D style. Snaps are as well possible as walls and flat spins, always keeping the speed induced flying loads in mind.
With the CARF Models Classic Lightning you get a complete package, which includes well proven fuel cells, plumbing materials, a hopper tank and a monocoque type carbon turbine bypass. All this is installed for you and you only have to mount the engine of your choice into the bypass, plump the tanks with clunk and fuel lines and connect them to the fuel pump. For this “no fuss” installation we gurantee trouble free operation from the first minute. Even though there is almost 6 litres (1.5 gallon) capacity with the saddle type fuel cells included in the kit, we offer an optional 3rd fuel tank to extend flying time even further or add a smoke system – if you wish even add two and take care of both.
The dual walled thrust tube is designed for engines up to 20 kg (44 lb) thrust and is working only in a fully enclosed installation. This is very safe, as it guarantees very cool running of the engine, thus keeping the inside of the fuselage cool, too. We have been asked about the possibility of using aftermarket thrust tubes, which basically is no problem as long as it is a design of a well experienced manufacturer, who understands the design of the full flow bypass. You might gain a weight advantage with an aftermarket thrust tube, but we state clearly that the included thrust tube is working safely and at maximum efficiency.
Apertura alare: mt. 2,05
Lunghezza fusoliera: mt. 2,700
Peso a secco: 16 kg
Motorizzazioni: 160-200 cc
Servi: 8 to hight class servos standard