Top Flite Control Line Flite Streak ARF Review

The Flite Streak is one of the most well known and loved profile Combat/Control Line trainers in model history! The design of this model still looks great today 50 years later! This model was originally kitted by Top Flite but is now only available as an ARF from them. If you are interested in building the actual kit, Brodak makes a very nice full assemble kit of this model.

Seeing as this is a Top Flite model it is very well put together with very detailed instructions and all the parts were individually wrapped in plastic.
The kit came with everything needed to assemble the model.

As with most ARF models, all the flight surfaces’ monokote needed to be tightened with a heat gun prior to starting construction.

Seeing as this is a profile model it was an extremely simple build and grouped with the detailed intructions the most novice of builders should have no problems putting this model together.
My only complaint about this kit was the fact that the profile fusalage was slightly bent! Lucky for us this is a control line model and the bend was in the right direction so it is not going to effect the flight characteristics of the model.
In any other flying model case like RC, a bend like this would mean the model would be taken back to the place where it was purchased.

For this model we chose the recomended power plant a O.S. LA-25.

I have used the LA-25 in several other Control Line airplanes and it has always been a very reliable performer.

After the model was completed and double checked for problems, we test ran and broke in the new motor.

The following weekend we took the Flite Streak down to the local flying circles to give it a test flight. After checking the CG for the model we noticed it was falling pretty hard to the nose. Not wanting to add weight to the tail we took off the engine muffler and tested the CG again. It was still pretty nose heavy so we added a half once of lead to the fusalage at the tail which made it pretty close. On 60′ lines the model was a decent performer with the LA-25 but I am going to try it on 52′ lines on our next outting. The fuel tank leaves a little to be desired and only has about a 4-5 minute flight time with this motor combo. It also doesn’t function very well without being pressurised so if you are planning on running without pressure you might want to consider another tank. This model is a great flyer and would be a nice addition to anyones model collection.

Thanx for taking the time to read my review

Robert

 

 

 

Assembly time: 3 hrs (*1)

Kit Difficulty (1-5) 2 (*1)

Kit Quality (1-5) 3 (*2)

(*1)This represents the amount of difficulty and time I spent building this model and in no way reflects how long it will take for someone else to complete the task. These factors will depend on your individual skill in modeling.

(*2) Every Kit or ARF is different and this rating in no way reflects this product as a whole. This rating is just my experience with the individual product I dealt with.

About the Author

Robert Wright
I fly Control line, Electric RC, Sailplanes and I have flown Nitro RC and Rockets in the past. I Pretty Much love all types of flying hobbies except helicopters. I just never got into them due to price and their style of flying. I am also into Hot Rods and occasionally I run RC Nitro 4x4 Trucks. Thanx for checking out my profile. :)

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