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Written by James Gamble   
Monday, 21 January 2008 08:20
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Choosing your next model is never an easy task, it’s like a kid in a sweet shop and with so many manufacturers producing a wide variety of aircraft you just want everything.
Each month a new magazine comes out which teases and convinces you that you need something new , or somtimes you spot a particular model on the field which out performs anything you've seen.
I recently found myself doing a bit of aerobatic soaring at Baildon Moor and spotted a Voltij performing some great aeros - before the common sense kicked in, one was on order in the Nemo colour scheme. I haven’t finished that yet because I’m building a new Overlander Shorts Tucano with a slightly higher spec. than before, but it's always seems the case that when you are halfway through building your new kit -  you go and buy another.
A short trip to Leeds Model Shop possibly to by some glue resulted in one more kit.

The Victor manufactured by Cermark.

This company usually produces some nice looking models and this was no exception, but it did have some flaws.
One of the first victors which was reviewed was by Ian Mason in the Quiet & Electric magazine seemed to have a lot going for it but he did comment on a couple of issues which could have been improved so I hoped that these problems would have been ironed out by now, but on with the build.

Straight from the box the fibreglass fuselage looked fine with no sharp edges and the wings and tail were warp free and pre hinged.

Installing the servo cable through each wing was described as a simple task but in reality new lengths of cable had to be cut and new ends soldered on as they would not fit through the holes provided.
Servo covers seemed to suffice but as with two other Cermark kits I’ve had in the past, the linkages didn’t seem up to the task, and neither did the flimsy wing joiners made out of some cheap plywood.
The plywood joiners were replaced with carbon fibre versions and epoxy held everything solid.
Incidentally the linkages provided were used and haven’t yet caused problems.
The two halves of the V tail were glued together using a template provided but when it was held in place to the fuselage it was quite apparent that it was out of alignment.
This is exactly the same problem Ian Mason described.
With a quick read of his excellent article (also posted on the web), I built up the tail saddle using epoxy and micro balloons which improved it greatly.
Motor, speed controller and battery were fit in about 30 minutes and the wing was bolted into place.
With the folding prop and aluminium spinner fit, incidence and balance checks were performed and after slight adjustments it all looked good.
With a cycle of the battery and a final check along with TX programming a test flight followed.
Launch and landing I believe a beginner could cope with due to it being a tremendously stable model.


When it comes to aeros, the Victor can perform loops, roles, inverted fight with a bit of stick input and outside loops are possible if you have enough speed or with a burst from the motor, but the rudder is pointless, only allowing a fraction of yaw, but that’s V tails for you!
A minor fault is the colour of the underside wing and tail (Grey) good thinking Cermark! Maybe a brighter colour on the side you see the most may help!

Flight times on a good day have been in the region of 30 to 45 minutes and I seem to get about ten vertical climbs before recharge, and on a slope it fairs reasonably well.

Here’s the equipment I chose to install:-

*4 HS55 servos
Hi-tec 06 receiver
Hacker A20-20L motor
Hacker 30A speed controller
Tornado 2200mah battery

I’ve got quite a few flights in recently and I really like this model, but if you do consider building one, do replace the wing joiners for carbon ones.

*Update*

Its now Feb 2010 and the Victor is still going strong! I have opened out the motor cooling section on either side of the fuselage a fraction more which seems to keep the Hacker cool,  but bar that this thing is still flying strong.

 

James Gamble