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Katana Mini ARF

Katana Mini ARF

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The Katana Mini is an extremely exciting, advance level freestyle model and it’s the model that started it all; low wing loading, predictable handling, robust and incorporates the forerunner of our popular FiberFusion concept, yet it is not built with all of the FiberFusion features as the Katana MD which was released 18 months later.

Don’t be mislead by size. The Katana Mini packs a potent punch for any modeler who has what it takes. In short this pint size model is like the KMD with lots of attitude! Its superior engineering design makes it fully capable of any advanced 3D and hardcore, high energy and high impact freestyle maneuver you can throw at it.

 

For those who thrive on flying on the edge executing advanced hardcore aerobatics at a fast pace, this is the perfect platform for you. Adrenalin junkies will love the KM’s performance especially on a fast prop on insanely high throw rates, would guarantee to be a crowd pleaser!

 

Insanely fast roll rates, fast and violent high energy tumbles, sharp snappy snap rolls, smooth slow level KE, slow and low rolling harriers, nicely balanced hovers, low level torque rolls, stable inverted elevators and harriers are just some of the maneuvers its fully capable of performing with ease. Push her nose down on a vertical high speed powered dive into a jaw dropping violent blender that stops instantly on a dime. Recovery is merely releasing the rudder and aileron and it goes into a stable slow inverted elevator.

 

In short we describe the KM’s performance as Fire and Ice and if you crave the attention, the KM is perfect for you!

 

Advanced building technology and finest grades materials provide a structure that is extremely lightweight and strong. In fact the Katana Mini’s construction is the forerunner of our now popular FiberFusion® Technology. The two-piece removable wings with CF wing tube make the Katana Mini a compact, durable, and easily transportable package. The robust carbon fiber landing gear allows rough landings and excellent prop clearance for good ground handling.

 

This is a high quality ARF kit. Most of the work was done for you by skilled builders. It is very easy to assemble and includes a complete hardware pack so you’ll be in the air in no time!

 

Features:

  • State of the art laser cut light ply & balsa construction with CF structural reinforcements
  • Balsa sheeted Two-piece removable wings with hinge slots pre cut!!
  • pre-painted fiberglass wheel pants
  • pre cut cowling is made of fiberglass and is reinforced with carbon fiber. Its aerodynamic design allows air to flow in and cool the motor, battery and ESC for maximum setup efficiency. Two air scoops are also included in the kit.
  • Tinted canopy
  • Carbon fiber reinforcements
  • Carbon fiber control horns and pushrods
  • Carbon fiber wing tube
  • Heavy duty Carbon fiber woven texture Landing gear
  • Pre-built FiberFusion® pre drilled motorbox with the correct thrust line already built in (taking away the guess work). Pre-drilled composite firewall is ready for the outrunner installation.
  • Elevator and rudder with pre-cut hinge slots

 

Specifications

Wingspan: 1020mm (40.15′ in)
Length: 990mm (39′ in)
Airframe Weight: 370g (13oz)
Wing Area: 2420 sq. cm (375.1 sq. in)
Radio Required: 4 Channel Servos
Required: 4 sub micro servos

Required to complete:

PA Thrust 20 outrunner motor
PA Quantum 30 Pro Programmable ESC
PA V4 LiPo pack 11.1V 2200mAh 25-50C
4 of NXT-70HV servos

iPAs Combos

Combos include the following:

iPAs Drive:
The Drive package includes

  • •     Katana Mini
  • •     PA Thrust® 20 outrunner motor with RotorKool® Technology
  • •     PA Quantum 30A Pro High performance Programmable ESC with SBEC
  • •     German made CNC machined precision prop adapter (We decided to include this adapter instead of common prop adapters usually bundled with motor accessories to avoid performance robbing, vibrations and motor mount structural damage).

iPAs Pro:
The Pro package includes

  • •     Katana Mini
  • •     PA Thrust® 20 outrunner motor with RotorKool® Technology
  • •     PA Quantum 30A Pro High performance Programmable ESC with SBEC
  • •     German made CNC machined precision prop adapter. We decided to include this adapter instead of common prop adapters usually bundled with motor accessories to avoid performance robbing vibrations and motor mount structural damage.
  • •     PA V4 Lipo 2,200mAh 11.1V 25-50c
  • •     Nexatec NXT 70-HV servo – 4pc
  • •     Thin gauge twisted light extension lead (made in the same German factory as our giant scale airplanes HD leads). Due to its fine high quality strings it is extremely flexible preventing RF noises and features low internal resistance.
  • •     Set of 4 Carbon Fiber extended servo arms specifically designed to achieve the desired linkage geometry for full control surface movement.
  • •     Low resistance Original Deans Ultra Plugs and Gold plated bullet connectors for the best electrical connection and power delivery to the drive.
  • •     APC 11×3.8 SF prop

 

What is iPAs?  – Integrated Performance Airframe-Drive System

NO COMPROMISES, NO MODS, NO HASSLE
THIS IS THE REAL DEAL:   PERFORMANCE OUT OF BOX

WHAT YOU SEE IN OUR VIDEOS IS WHAT YOU GET WITH iPAs

 

Unlike glow aircraft where it is mostly the matter of bolting on a specific size engine, the options for electric flight gear are simply overwhelming and matching electric gear to an airframe is a complex task for the average modeler and quite often can be very confusing.

Most manufacturers direct their customers to acquire a “compatible” motor and ESC or at best offer a “Combo” package that comprises of off-the-shelf motors and ESC that would, in theory “fit” within the model’s power requirements.

Surveys we conducted showed that each and every EP models flyer experienced at least one if not more of the problems below

  • • Unpredictable handling problems caused by reduced wing loading due to over sized motors or battery packs or ancillary gear.
  • • Overheating or unwanted ESC cut outs due to over propping or undersized motors
  • • Handling problems due to drastic shift in CG and overall weight distribution.
  • • Unacceptable flight times due to inefficient “hot” motors or undersized packs
  • • Airframe structural failure due to increased aerodynamic loads caused by over sized drives and packs.
  • • Overheating and swelling of battery packs caused by serious drive mismatched.
  • • Less than optimum motor performance due to incompatibility with the ESC.
  • • Crashes as a result of servo gear failures caused by excessive loads on the control surfaces or exceeding the maximum airspeed limits.
  • • A huge disparity in flight performance observed in the promotional videos against actual aircraft.
  • • Premature Motors, ESC and Battery failures or performance degradation over time due to mismatch setup.
  • • Gear does not properly fit the airframe and requires modifications.

We do not believe modelers should have to live with compromises in flight performances.

Through hundreds of hours of flight testing our airframe designs, we have established that there is a direct correlation between the airframe and drive system and one affects the other with consequences to the desired aerodynamic performance. That meant airframes and drives should not be treated as individual items isolation but as one whole system.

Due to the extreme lengths undertook in the design of the airframe, and the unprecedented flight testing period to finally achieve the aerodynamic characteristics we desired, we felt a complete solution for this airframe was necessary. As a result we have developed our iPAs, PA Integrated Performance Airframe-Drive System.

We embarked on this quest by first carefully selecting each iPAs component, considering each possible aspect. We then started testing each individual component of the iPAs and subsequently on the airframe itself ensuring impacts on the overall flight performance and aerodynamic characteristics caused by each component are identified and addressed and to ensure all iPAs components interact in full synergy as an integrated flight system within the constraints of the design specifications. Each component was then further refined until a perfect match meeting the performance criteria set are successfully achieved.

So, for the first time flyers has the unique opportunity to experience the exact aerodynamic performance as envisaged by our chief designer and team of test pilots minus all the guess work and unnecessary expenses.

Spare Parts

Testimonials & Reviews

    Videos

    Build videos

    Episode 1:  

    Introduction


    Episode 2:  

    In this Episode of PA Builds Hans’ covers servo installation and the building of both types of linkages found on PA planes.

    Episode 3: 

    In Episode 3 of PA Builds Hans Kahlert continues explaining the propert techniques and methods of construction your PA ARF. Topics cover include: Installation of the tail, motorbox, and the pull-pull system

    Episode 4: 

    Hans Kahlert continues the build video series with Episode 4.
    Topics covered include:
    Landing gear assembly
    Installation of the Motor, ESC, and air scoops
    Cowling alignment and mounting
    Installation of the Optional CF Vortex Generators

    Episode 5: 

    Hans Kahlert demonstrates the basics for a good radio setup as well as the methods to properly balance your model and its prop

    Soldering Guide:  

    PA Team Pilot Hans Kahlert continues along the “Builds” series with a special episode covering the proper techniques for soldering electrical components of your model. These methods are applicable for all soldering procedures including servo extensions and battery connectors.