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E-flite Piper L-4 Grasshopper 250 ARF

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The L-4 Grasshopper was the military derivative of Piperís famous civilian high-wing monoplaneóthe J-3 Cub. The U.S. Army Air Force turned to the J-3 in military guise as it sought a rugged yet lightweight aircraft for liaison and observation duties in direct support of ground forces. The primary difference between the civil and military versions is the enlarged window area in the rear cabin to allow better observation. During World War II, Grasshoppers performed a wide variety of functions throughout the world such as artillery fire direction, pilot training, glider pilot instruction, courier service and front-line liaison. The L-4 Grasshopper served with distinction in both World War II and Korea.

Modelers who want to recreate the glory days of the Grasshopper can now do so with E-fliteís built-up balsa version of the L-4. Combining the compact size of a classic balsa free-flight model with full 4-channel control, the Piper L-4 Grasshopper 250 is an exciting alternative to the usual park flyer experience. Its exceptionally low parts count and time saving features like the magnetically-secured plug-in wings make assembly about as easy as it gets for an ARF.

In the air, its docile flight characteristics and gorgeous scale appearance will reward you with one of the most enjoyable park flying experiences available. Plus, itís small enough and slow enough to fly in a large indoor venue whenever the park isnít an option.

Key Features:

  • Great looking scale outline
  • Balsa construction
  • Realistic UltraCoteģ ParkLite trim scheme
  • Easily assembles in a single evening
  • Magnetically-secured plug-in wings
  • Quick release struts

Specifications:

  • Wingspan: 38.2 in (970mm)
  • Overall Length: 23.7 in (600mm)
  • Wing Area: 210 sq in (13.5 sq dm)
  • Flying Weight: 9.00-9.70oz (255-275g)
  • Motor Size: 250 size brushless
  • Radio: 4+ channels
  • Servos: E-flite/Spektrum S60
  • Trim Scheme Colors: Hanger 9 Ultracote Parklite Olive Drab (HANU0811); Parklite Gray (HANU0816); Ultracote White (HANU870); Ultracote Black (HANU874)
  • Prop Size: GWS 6x5
  • Hardware Included: Yes
  • Speed Control : E-flite 10 amp brushless
  • Recommended Battery: E-flite 430 2S
  • Assembly Time: 3-5 Hours
  • Is Assembly Required: Yes

This product was added to our catalog on October 23, 2009.

william white
Verified Owner
I purchased L-4 JAN 2010. Great plane to fly, have had many enjoyable flights. Fantastic beginners plane. Well done E-flite
LegacyTank
Verified Owner
I'm very unhappy with this plane. I bought it as a nice little beginner plane and when I got it was extremely happy; until I had to try and modify the E-flight Park 250 motor...the shaft of the motor was supposed to be altered by removing the little "c" clip and 2 tiny washers, then "gently tap" the motor drive shaft until the long end was sticking out of the opposite end of the original design. I read directions on how to do this process and even searched out a video on the net for it. I went by exactly what the directions AND the video described to do and "gently tap" was a downright LIE. I ended up getting a tabletop vise, like the instructions and the video recommended and the driveshaft ended up snapping...which is doing it just as instructed. I don't hold A-Main hobbies responsible at all, but E-Flite, the producer of this plane I am VERY upset with, and will probably NEVER buy from them again. The motor is the exact one recommended in the plane's instructions and I felt that when I broke the drive shaft that it was just a way for E-Flite to weasel more money out of me for a new motor. This is my opinion and I'm not desparaging E-Flite, but I AM referring to the lack of proper/good instruction on the motor modification. Why should we have to modify the motor anyway??? It should come from the company ready to go, except for mounting it in the plane. If anyone has any way they can help me figure this out, please get a hold of me. I have yet to get this plane in the air! Thanks E-Flite for a horrible introduction to a hobby that I thought was going to be fun and relaxing!!! NOT.

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