SpecificationsWingspan: 1,321mm / 52 in
Length: 1,243mm / 48.94 in
Wing area: 586.3 sq. inch
Flying weight (AUW including 4S battery & spinner): ~1393g / 49.13oz/3.07lb !!!
Wing loading: 12.06oz/sq.ft Drive SystemRequired for completing the kit:
PA Thrust 45 outrunner motor
PA Quantum 45 Pro ESC w/ SBEC
PA V3 LiPo pack 14.8V 2200mAh 30-60C
4 NXT-80DSM Micro digital servos
VOX 13x6.5 / 13x5 prop wooden propeller
2.17" Carbon Fiber Spinner
The XR-52 is an exciting addition to the NEXT Generation PA series of planes, giving you a perfect balance between precision flying and slow 3D capabilities. Versatility is the name of the game: with just a swap of a prop you get a completely different flying plane.
Use a Vox 13x5 wooden propeller for amazing low and slow 3D performance, for sport flying or a smaller field. Swap to a Vox 13x6.5 wooden propeller and get ready to experience the ultimate show-stopping Freestyle machine!
For this model, the aim was to take the best looking bird in the sky and enhance its flying characteristics - to suit more flyers, from intermediate through advanced - all based on our customers feedback.
Borrowing only styling lines from our successful PA Bandit we approached this project with an otherwise clean slate. The new XR-52 is not only larger but features unique custom-designed airfoils, a longer fuselage and numerous other design elements that were completely engineered specifically for this project - giving the XR-52 a fresh and exciting feel. The unique design expands and enhances the flight envelope, allowing you to perform manoeuvres one would only expect from a much larger model.
This right sized 52" wingspan design will surprise you with its impressive giant-scale feel: being capable of stable, true and straight lines with unlimited power to recover from any situation. The XR-52 is incredibly lightweight and rigid. Couple its huge control surfaces to its feather-like lightweight and an incredibly low wing loading proves the XR-52 to be a floater that will respond immediately to your stick inputs.
To reach peak performance we have meticulously tested the set up components together with the airframe in order to deliver the exact flying experience we were after. We ended up developing a new Thrust motor for the XR-52 to reach its targeted performance level- a ballistic 2.5:1 power to weight ratio (approximated).
With this level of power it’s easy to get out of trouble if your thumbs make a mistake - which is crucial when flying slow 3D right on the deck. This intensively-tested power set up makes the XR-52 an extremely responsive model, allowing for absolute control, predictability, and extreme performance.
The XR-52 performs best with the iPAs Xtreme - a PA Thrust 45 motor, a PA Quantum 45 Pro ESC (with a switching BEC), together with a single PA V3 2200mAh 14.8V (4S) 30-60c Lipo, and either of the VOX 13x5 or 13x6.5 wooden propellers. With the iPAs packages, we have made it dead simple to get the setup right the first time out. Not only that, it will give you the identical setup (and potential performance) as our Team Pilots demonstrate in our videos.
Here is what our lead team pilot said about the XR-52:
"I was amazed by the tightest waterfalls I’ve ever seen, the most axial and easy to do rolling harriers, completely FLAT spins, beautiful slow rolls the length of the field, easy to do rolling circles, EASY hovers and elevators, the list of maneuvers is endless.. this plane is designed to make you feel comfortable with all maneuvers and make you look good while doing them!”
The XR-52 is pre-assembled by our skilled staff, each specifically trained in building models using our most advanced FiberFusion® construction techniques to date; using only the finest grade material, all cut by state-of-the-art laser and CNC machines. In order to attain uniform performance for each and every model manufactured, each plane is consistently crafted on highly sophisticated and accurate jigs. Further, each set of wings are individually matched to their fuselage and all receive matching serial numbers (something most factories don’t do even in giant scales production). We test-assemble each airframe before shipping and ensure precise wing incidence, alignment and fit.
Two wing halves are removable making it easily transportable for a model of this size. The wings are joined together with a CF wing tube and CF sleeve that makes the XR-52 a compact and durable aircraft. All flight surfaces are fully airfoiled, and the ailerons are already pre-hinged with the gaps sealed . For maximum aerodynamics, the aileron design and construction in this model is exceptional, made in such a way that the hinge gap is completely sealed as part of the wing, similar to the full size high performance aerobatic planes. This is indeed quite complex to produce: the ailerons fit into the wing trailing edge tunnels being glued and aligned in the factory. Despite the laborious production of this design we insist on producing the ailerons this way, as it ensures perfect aerodynamic flow over the airfoil resulting in maximum efficiency of the control surfaces. To us, it is the aerodynamic performance that counts most.
Following PA tradition this model too gives the word QUALITY a whole new meaning. From the design through the construction, the hardware, level of finish, and the attention to detail are second to none. Our XR-52 is a TRUE ARF, 99% built for you in our factory. The brief assembly is a joy and most modellers will have it set up in just a few evenings with the help of our online video build guide series, PA Builds