The Cutlass was one of the most radical
fighter designs to ever achieve fleet service
with the US Navy. It was the first tail-less
airplane to go into production in the United
States, and the first US jet fighter designed
from the outset with afterburners.
When everything worked right, the Cutlass
was a joy to fly. Unfortunately, there were a
lot of things that could go wrong, and they
frequently did. By the time the Cutlass entered
the U.S. fleet in 1954, it already had a
reputation. Word on the Cutlass was out: it was
underpowered, hard to maintain, and had a
tendency to kill or cripple its pilots. It
could ruin your day - or your career.
Our kit was originally based on Roger
Winger's pusher-powered Cutlass design that
took second place overall in the RCGroups.com
04/05 Jet Design Contest (Pusher).
We re-engineered the design for EDF, and
added a scale-outline built-up wing. Our kit
includes all laser-cut balsa and ply, full-size
plans, construction manual and a vacuum-formed canopy.
Even better, our revised Cutlass is suitable
for your choice of MiniFan EDF or 400-size
We also offer the Cutlass sized for a 90mm EDF or
two WM400 midi fans.
Steve St. Martin - the Master Craftsman of
Model Aviation - just finished building the
second mini-fan Cutlass prototype, and recorded the
RC Groups Ezone.
Steve's build thread for the 90mm version is
RC Groups Ezone.
Flight Report by Steve St. Martin
I have been building and flying models for
51 years, and every now and then a design shows
itself that simply amazes me. I built the first
prototype Cutlass in the late winter of
"08". Test flights were late spring.
It has flown two seasons and still thrills me
with its wide envelope of flight. It will fly
so slow you will get bored. Or, so quick that
the verticals never seem to stop. On a recent
video, 75% power resulted in a 95mph pass.
It can be flown as tight-in as a second prop
trainer, or wide maneuvers that are full scale.
Roll rate can be so fast it's hard to
count. I have yet to stall it into a snap.
Stalls are just a mush and loss of altitude.
Because of the very low frontal area, she will
glide forever. 25% power will fly the jet with
a 500W system. I get consistent launches with
10 pounds pull on the bungee, 50% fan power,
and holding 50% up elevator.
here for a video of Steve's
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