Rapid progress in electric model power technology now allows us to offer the
Rafale in a version with retractable undercarriage. In this form it is now
capable of ground take-off from level, closely mown grass strips as well as from
hard surfaces. The net result with this twin-engined aircraft is much greater
scale fidelity both on the ground and in the air. A matching 3-part pneumatic
retractable undercarriage with steerable nose wheel is available as an accessory
set. The update is completed by a new fuselage, molded in Kevlar fiber for extremely low weight (Kevlar kit) or
molded in fiberglass (FG kit); it offers
maximum strength and contributes to the Rafale’s phenomenal flight performance.
All formers required for the retract system installation are pre-cut using CAD
data, and are supplied in the set.
The key factor in making this new version feasible is a completely new power
system concept. The previous system consisted of two relatively small ducted
fans, which are now replaced by a single, highly efficient 120 mm impeller unit.
This all-carbon electric fan is a completely new development, and generates up
to 40 N static thrust with a suitable motor. The single motor and fan mean that
the overall cost is lower than the previous arrangement, even when power system
components of the highest possible quality are employed.
The recommended power plants are the Kontronik Tango 45-08 with 28 GP-3000 or
GP-3300 cells, the Tango 45-07 with 30 cells or the top Plettenberg HP370/40/A1. With either motor the fan
system spins at 22,000 rpm and produces a thrust of around 36 N at an input
power of approximately 1650 W. With the HP motor thrust of over 45N can be
expected with over 2kW input. As was the case with the original twin-fan
Rafale, the two-part fuselage makes it easy to install and maintain the impeller
system. The kit includes finished, accurately made FG bifurcated pipes of
refined aerodynamic form which are responsible for the efficient flow of air
from the intakes to the fan unit, and from the fan to the divided efflux.
Dassault Rafale C01, single fan Kevlar kit (ref 1358/00), price: 559.00 U$,
on sale at 499.00 U$
Optional pneumatic retract, price:
Suggested power package, consisting
(1) Turbo Fan 4000 (125mm dia)
(1) Plettenberg HP 370/40/A1 S
(1) Schulze fut 32.80K speed control
(1) PQ 10S 4200mAh LiPo pack