Legacy Aviation 54" Little Foot - Orange Scheme (SAR) Review
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Review by Adrian Apodaca, RealRCReviews Owner
- Omega 130g Motor
- Dynam 50a ESC
- HS-70MG Servos
- Futaba 14SG w/ R7008SB rx
- 3s2200mAH Lipo
- Good looking plane (from a distance)
- Very aerobatic
- Quality parts
- Huge ailerons and flaps
- Fun to fly
- First run cowls were too short
- Has some nasty characteristics
- Printed design looks pixelated up close
- Had to order metric spacers for prop to fit Omega motor shaft
- Motor shaft was bent out of box
- 1 piece wing
- Wing holes didn't line up with fuse holes
I'll keep this review short. It's no secret that I haven't been a big fan of this plane, and well, if you want the big fluffy sponsored review, you can check out the RCGroups review of it.
So you know where I am coming from, I am at best an intermediate pilot with average flying skills and decent building skills. I am not a big time 3-d pilot nor do I pretend to be one. My main goal in buying this plane was to have a balsa version of something like the Multiplex Fun Cub or E-Flite Timber. I wanted something slow and docile for those relaxing flights, but also wanted access to the higher roll rates and hovering abilities you don't get with your average J-3 Cub.
Unboxing / Assembly / Programming:
As you would guess, ExtremeFlightRC does a great job at packing and double boxing their planes. Everything in the box was secured in plastic and taped down to avoid the parts banging around or shifting during flight. At the time I bought mine, the Omega 130g was the recommended motor. It came in a non-descript white box. The motor shaft was bent so Extremeflight sent me another one. The spinner I got from NorthWestRC did not fit the shaft in it's stock form nor with any spacers. I had to order metric spacers for my APC props to fit the shaft, and I never did track down a spinner that fit the shaft, though I'm sure there is one out there.
As far as the build go, much of it was simple enough. Admittedly, I've been a little spoiled by Hangar 9 and E-Flite that generally cut out servo holes for you. It is not a difficult task but make sure you are using a fresh exacto blade when cutting the covering. I wish there would have been a suggested length for the links in the manual, at least as a base to start at. It would sure beat just twisting and turning until you find the right spot. One major thing to be mindful are the holes in the wings for mounting to the fuselage. If you glue the wing halves together on their own, chances are your holes will not align perfectly. I suggest applying your epoxy, and then mounting your wings on the fuse. That should at least get it so your wings line up easily. When I did mine, I didn't do that, and though the wings were perfectly flush with one another, it took a little wiggling and pressure to get the holes to line up. Also, make sure you give the flaps a little space when you glue them or else they might have too much down pressure and make your servos bind. Work them back and forth as well to get them nice and broken in. As for the servos, even though I used the suggested servos, they are a bit short for the servo holes. I found it difficult to drill screw both center holes on the servo into wood. I had to use the corner holes on a few of them. One last thing you might want to do is buy different wheels. The stock wheels look nice, but they are really hard so you get zero cushion on landing.
For programming, I went straight off the manual. When the plane came out, the suggested battery was a 3s2200mah. With this size battery, getting it to balance requires the battery to be pretty far forward. At the right position, it is a little difficult to get a strap around it... doable, but a just more effort than usual.
To reiterate, I am not a fancy 3d pilot, nor do I claim to be. I write my reviews from the perspective of the average Joe who loves flying and is always on the hunt for the next cool plane. Top pilots talk to each other, I doubt they go to review sites for their info.
After building the Little Foot, I waited for a moderately calm day to do my maiden (video below... sorry for the distance and boring flight). I didn't deploy the flaps for my first take off, but even without them, the Little Foot takes off in just a few feet of roll-out. The plane tracks well and feels great in the air, but it's high wing and low weight make it susceptible to getting bounced around by the wind. If you try turning with just ailerons, you'll find yourself making a sloppy turn and a gain of altitude. It feels weird, but not totally unexpected. Either program some aileron/rudder mix, or make coordinated turns with rudder and aileron. Some differential might help also. Speaking of mixes, be sure to mix the elevator with the flaps according to the manual. If you don't, the plane will practically loop if you deploy the flaps without down elevator.
The Little Foot knife-edges with the best of them. The climb is insane and it rolls like a totally aerobatic plane. If you want to see the extent of what this plane can do in expert hands, do a search in Youtube. I did find inverted flight a bit wonky due to the dihedral.
Now for my major beefs with this plane. This plane is not your average high wing cub. It was designed to perform, and because of that, some of the more docile characteristics of a normal cub-based plane are not present. Though a little floaty, the Little Foot also tip stalls like a mofo. This cub requires you to fly it the whole time it's up in the air. If there is one ability that I can pride myself on, it's my landing ability. For some reason, the Little Foot is a pain in the butt to land. I wondered if it was just me, so I looked around Youtube. I felt validated when I see even the pros bouncing the snot out of the Little Foot on their landings.
This is not a relaxing, lazy flier with aerobatic abilities. It is mostly an aerobat that looks like a cub. Just don't say it in the RCGroups forums, some of those fanboys are vicious! For the record, I don't hate the plane, I just don't love it. It's a cool looking plane so I really wanted to love it, but alas, I could not. If you are looking for a balsa version of the Fun Cub or Timber, this is not the plane for you. If you want a challenging and totally capable plane that looks like a bush plane, you might just love it. From the folks I have spoken to, opinions have been evenly split. I assume the bugs I experienced have been worked out. Sorry I don't have more video, but each time I flew it the footage was just as far away or the skies were too busy. There are plenty of other Little Foot videos online to get a feel of the Little Foot's abilities. If you are still leaning toward getting this plane, know that ExtremeFlightRC is an amazing company run by a great group of people, and their planes are top notch.