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Gracia MAXi 3.5E F5J/ALES Electric Sailplane (ARF)


Price: $635.00
Color:
Made In Czech Republic
Gracia MAXi 3.5E F5J/ALES (ARF)
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Wingspan:
138.5" (3520mm)
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Length:
59.5" (1510mm)
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Weight:
4.5-4.75 lbs. (2050-2155g)
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Channels:
5,6
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Good: AXi 2835/10, 16x8 folding
Better: Race 2026/3600 6.7:1, 16x10 folding
2700 4S
40mm spinner
One of the most impressive European made sailplanes that we have ever seen, the new Gracia MAXi 3.5E flies as good as it looks. The new Gracia MAXi 3.5E was designed as the latest and largest addition to the ever-growing family of hand-made electric sailplanes by TopModel CZ. Gentle, smooth, and very long flights are the standards for this beauty. The careful use of composites with competition balsa, creates a good light structure that will hold its shape for a long time. The synergy of low weight and strong structure is very unusual in a production sailplane and can only be achieved with careful attention to design and construction. The entire model is constructed using free-flight techniques. Top Model uses the latest construction techniques such as CNC milling and laser cutting. The wings as well as horizontal tail are all balsa built-up with Carbon Fiber main spare and leading edge. The fuselage is gel-coated fiberglass with white finish. Whole model is covered with Ultracote. All control surfaces are hinged with adhesive tape. This fully built sailplane needs only basic assembly and motor/radio installation. The 3-piece wing and V-tail are each easily removable for transport and storage. Each part is carefully hand-crafted with meticulous attention to detail. Value is simply incredible.

Great for competition level F5J/LMR (Limited Motor Run) or ALES (Altitude Limited Electric Soaring) electric sailplane.

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Special Features:
- Control Surfaces: Ailerons, Flaps and V-tail
- Tight covering, with all seams hand-sealed
- Elegant gel-coated white fiberglass fuselage
- Three-pieces wing with ailerons and oversized flaps
- Ready-built Balsa/Carbon Fiber 3-piece wing design
- Transparent Ultracote covered wings and tail parts
- Includes all necessary hardware
- Virtually perfect, extremely clean and well made

More information (links):
* Building Instructions (.pdf)
* Tape Hinges Installation

Airfoil
Wing area
Wing loading
Empty weight
: MH 32
: 1240 sq.in. (80.1 sg.dm)
: 8.5-9 oz/sq.ft. (25.5-27 g/sg.dm)
: 46 oz. (1305g)

Suggested Equipment (Sport):
(1) AXi 2835/10
(1) Jeti Advance 70 Pro SB ESC
(1) 2700 4S battery
(6) HS-85MG servo (ailerons, flaps, v-tail)
(5) Servo frame Hitec HS-85BB/85MG/5085MG
(1) BB 40/5/8mm folding spinner
(1) Aeronaut 16x8 folding propeller
(2) Wing retainer system/Wing lock mini
(1) Deans connector
(2) MPX Connector set dual servos
(2) 36" Servo extension
(6) 6" Servo extension
(2) 3" Servo extension
(1) Velcro strap for folding propeller
(1) Building Services (Sailplane Firewall Installation)
(1) Wing & Tail Bag Set TopModel

Suggested Equipment (Power):
(1) Race 2026/3600 6.7:1
(1) Jeti Spin Pro 100 ESC
(1) 2700 4S battery
(6) HS-5085MG servo (ailerons, flaps, v-tail)
(5) Servo frame Hitec HS-85BB/85MG/5085MG
(1) BB 40/6/8mm folding spinner
(1) Aeronaut 16x10 folding propeller
 

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Product Reviews:

(7 Ratings, 2 Reviews) Average Rating:
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A Great Flying E Sailplane
david komarowsky (Palm Bay, FL) 6/6/2015 3:41 PM
The Gracia Maxi is one fantastic sailplane. Using the Suggested Equipment that Esprit have put together you will not be disappointed in it's performance. I have been flying the Gracia for close to 4 months now and have over 40 flight hours on it. This mornings flight was 1 hour ,19 minutes and 29 seconds. to say the least, this plane loves to fly. Also with it generous flaps, it is very easy to spot land, most times I only have to take 2 or 3 steps to pick up at landing. Make sure you have enough radio to take full advantage of all flight surfaces and mixes and this sailplane will not disappoint you in any way. One note...A special Thank You to both David and James at Esprit..your Expert advice and help setting me up went way beyond any customer service I have ever had. Espirt model is a First Class Operation.
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Great Deal and a Flying Bird
Michael Gardner (Gainesville, FL) 3/12/2015 4:34 PM
This is my first full house F5J/ALES plane and it is magnificent! Everything about this plane impressed me. The packaging looked as if they expected it to be air dropped to my house even though I picked it up at Esprit's warehouse (a must visit if you live in the Central Florida area)! The covering on the wings and tail was perfect. I had my iron out ready to take care of the wrinkles but just put it away. All the seams were perfect out of the box. Their wasn't much of a build. The hardest part was getting the wing bolt blind nuts set in place correctly. The inner part of the fuse is curved a little so the piece of balsa that is included is wide. Sanding it still didn't get the fit how I wanted or thought it should. I ended up using my own ply and cutting it a bit different. Still not 100% happy with the outcome. Also, setting the control horns for the V-tail surfaces was confusing. Unlike the ails and flaps, there was no defined spot. I guessed on their position, but I'm not sure if I am getting the correct throws. Also, one of the outboard wings doesn't fit just right. The way it mates to the center section makes it have more washout than the rest of the airfoil. Trimming for these issues removes any adverse tendencies, but I still may end up working on the wing to nix the unwanted washout. A note on the suggested components: The motor and prop combo on 4s makes this plane a rocket ship! If you were to run a full 30sec of launch you'd have this plane out of sight. I have yet to test on 3s, but I have a feeling that for ALES it will be better to run the motor at a slower RPM to get close to 30sec of climb to cutoff altitude. The suggested wing retainer system and servo trays are a great add-on. As a FYI, you'll only need to purchase one of the wing retainers (two come in the pack) and two of the servo trays (makes a total of four). They'll ease up your build and make assembly easier at the field Great product! Thanks Esprit!