Ground handling is first rate, and if you want to get into tail-draggers (after your tricycle trainer) she’s the one. The Maricardo is straightforward to build from the new plan, which follows the original very closely. As with all plan-built aircraft, it’s a good idea to make a kit of parts before assembly. Note that the original dihedral is dispensed with, so the dihedral brace is flattened and now becomes a wing joiner. Since she’s a traditional balsa-and-ply model and needs neither cowl, canopy, fibreglass nor commercial items to complete, she is amazingly cheap to build. This traditional building method also produces a model that’s tough and that shrugs off most of the petty knocks and grazes. If you do break a bit off her, it will repair easily, since the construction is so basic. Truth is, if you pay careful attention to fuel proofing and seal all the edges, she’ll probably be flying in twenty years time, barring thumb-trouble, of course!She’s an excellent low-wing trainer on a .40 and returns superb aerobatic performance on an Irvine .53, which is both quiet and powerful. This model is capable of flying anything in the book, indeed the performance is only limited by the pilot’s skill. Inverted flight is very neutral with just a touch of forward stick required… I’ve seen Gareth Williams spinning his Maricardo down to grass level, flat inverted! Although you might not think it to look at her, she has excellent knife-edging capabilities, too. Couple that with a racer’s good looks and this model is just about the perfect all-round sports aircraft.
RACY LOOKING SPORTSTER
Designer Mr. de Felice said that he was sick of uninspiring boxes with the shoulder wing stuck on top. He desired what most of us want from a club sports model: one that flew like a demon, but looked like a real aeroplane. A model that handled well enough to be suitable as a first aileron trainer, yet looked like a pylon racer. In addition to all that, de Felice wanted an aircraft that would be good for sports type aerobatics – a forgiving but agile aerobat.
As de Felice claimed in 1971, Maricado is indeed ‘cheap, simple and strong’. The basic design relies on a straightforward, but shapely, balsa sheet fuselage, with a classic built-up wing – a formula that produces a light and tough sports airframe.
WHAT MAKES A CLASSIC?
A classic embodies its period. It crystallises a time and a mood, and often introduces new ideas, styling cues, and layouts which later become the norm. Sometimes, that which we now look upon as a classic was actually not the first, or necessarily even the best, of what later would become a famous look, but it is the most memorable. The true classic always has a certain purity of conception, and economy of line. Form truly follows function.
Visit Modelflying.co.uk for full the review by Alex Whittaker on this great Aerobatic model – https://www.modelflying.co.uk/news/article/maricardo/691
Visit Modelflying.co.uk for full build article by Paul Strawson on this great Aerobatic model – https://www.modelflying.co.uk/news/article/maricardo–the-plan-build-article/5800
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