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Samba RES Evo

Product Code: SAMBA-RES-EVO
 (6 reviews)

Price: $196.15

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The Samba RES Evo the most sophisticated version of the well liked Samba RES F3-RES high-start launched glider. Like the previous model it is beautifully cut from the best quality balsa and ply, however this version can be built to a weight of approx 420 g, giving a very low wing loading an even better duration and light lift capabilities.

The fuselage uses a nicely shaped balsa pod with a carbon tube boom to minimise weight and wetted area. The wing has a partially sheeted Dbox wing as the best compromise between low weight and torsional strength. The small Dbox cut outs are designed to avoid any airfoil discontinuities and so retain laminar flow and minimise drag. The wing also utilises a carbon spar to achieve such a light weight.

The Samba RES Evo comes with all hardware and a superb full size plan and build manual (in German). An excelemt English build manual can also be downloaded from here.

Due to the clear photos and well thought out design the model can be easily assembled by any modeller with a little experience. The holes in the Dbox centre panel shown in some of the photos are of a development model and have been removed from the production version to improve strength and rigidity.

Check out the excellent build photos in this RCGroups Samba RES Evo build thread.

Samba RES Evo Specifications
Wing span 2.0 m 79 in
Wing area 38.0 dm2 589 sq in
Length 108 cm 42.5 in
Flying weight from 420 g 14.8 oz
Wing loading 11.1 g/dm 3.6 oz/sq ft
Aspect ratio 10.5
Wing airfoil S3021 mod
Dihedral (EDA) 10º
Centre of Gravity 72 mm from wing leading edge
Controls Rudder, elevator, spoiler

Samba RES Evo Typical Weights
Wing centre 105 g 3.7 oz
Wing tips 90 g 3.2 oz
Fuselage pod 64 g 2.3 oz
Tailboom 12 g 0.4 oz
Tailplane & fin 19 g 0.7 oz
Covering 41 g 1.4 oz
Total structure 331 g 11.7 oz
Receiver 5 g 0.2 oz
Rudder servo 8 g 0.3 oz
Elevator servo 8 g 0.3 oz
Spoiler servo 8 g 0.3 oz
Battery 50 g 1.8 oz
Noseweight 10 g 0.4 oz
Flying weight 420 g 14.8 oz

Recommended RC
Rudder & elevator servos Ripmax SD100, Blue Bird BMS-101HV, Blue Bird BMS-A10H, Power HD DSM44, Gening D531BB, KST X08, Ripmax SD150, Corona DS843MG, Graupner DES 261
Spoiler servo Blue Bird BMS-A10V, Gening D541BB, KST X08, Ripmax SD150, Corona DS843MG
Receiver 4 or 5 channel receiver to match your transmitter
Battery Dream-Flight 300 mAh 4.8V NiMH, Dream-Flight 750 mAh 4.8V NiMH, HyperLipo 2S 300 mAh, 4 cell Eneloop 500-800 mAh NiMH

Reviews 6  

 Review by:

Excellent Flyer

The Samba EVO is proving a happy and impressive performer, displaying graceful handling qualities at all times so far. We have not had a chance to fly in really harsh conditions, but in conditions ranging from calm to steady breeze, it is showing us a very nice time. "Fun to fly" is what everyone says. Glide ratio is impressive, and it shows lift immediately and with authority. Handling, once we straightened out a minor construction issue (not a problem with the kit, but a problem with a negligent builder - myself) has turned out to be sensitive and quick, while showing no instabilities when left alone. I think this will be a wonderful airplane in a competition, that allows the pilot a chance to look around and think while the airplane takes care of itself. I think it worth while to mention the initial handling problem: the wing is not a full D-tube, and the outer panels may be subjected to twisting during the covering process. Once we straightened ours out, using a heat gun for a couple of minutes, the airplane has been impressing everyone. And no, there has been no evidence of flutter, at all. We only have one nit, and that is that the tail surfaces are fixed in place, which makes travel sometimes awkward. A small price to pay for a strong, light and slick design.

 Review by:

Samba RES Evo

As part of our effort to look at a wide spectrum of F3RES kits, we acquired the Samba a couple of months ago. We have completed one, but not flown it yet. The kit has been exceptional for fit and finish. All parts are laser cut, and already freed from the carrier sheets, so there is very little to do. The fuselage, for instance, was assembled entirely without use of either razor blade or knife, until it was time to finish sand. Typically, all parts are separated into small bags, and once you figure out the logic, it is easy to find what ever part is needed. Sticks are even bundled: wing spars are in one bundle, fuselage longerons in another (and, they are pre-cut to proper length!). There is even a pre-bent wire for the canopy latch, and a nice little tow hook. Some of the assemblies, because I am alergic to CA, took some study to get right, but we assembled ours almost entirely with Titebond glue. Thin CA would make assembly very easy indeed. Parts all fit, and are almost entirely self-jigging for straightness. As a build, I recommend this kit very much. Final build weight: 392g/14oz. We are looking forward to the first flight opportunity.

 Review by:

great delivery service.... kit as advertised. Can't wait to fly it.

 Review by:

great delivery service.... kit as advertised. Can't wait to fly it.

 Review by:

Samba res evo

Excellent kit the kit goes. together really well, also very good service from Neil.

 Review by:

Great kit, fun to build and fly

I liked the looks of the Samba RES Evo so when it became available for pre-order I purchased it. It shipped on the promised date, and arrived in Oregon (USA) within 5 days. Everything arrived in perfect condition.

The build went quickly. The parts fit and finish is excellent, and they generally did not require any work prior to installation. The kit comes with a full size plan printed in color. As expected, the instruction manual is written in German, but that's my native language, so no problem there.

I like how the Evo is constructed and I built it exactly as instructed. The weight came in at 417g, which is a few grams lighter than advertised.

Today was the maiden flight and it all went great. I like the CG at the mfg recommended location. The Evo flew very well, despite it being a rather windy day. It takes quite a bit of up elevator to maintain constant speed when the spoiler is deployed. It will take a calm day to dial in that mix.

I am glad I built this plane. It was very enjoyable and it is fun to fly.

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