Willow 2!

  The development of my Willow Racing models is well known and I hope will continue to be a positive influence on F3F.  Developing a model design is an incremental process the Willow 2 and subsequently the SOR were built on the experience gained over the last 4 years of model production plus a real step forward in our manufacturing..

  The extensive use of CAD design and CNC mold manufacturing represents a real investment in the Willow 2’s performance.  Molds cut from solid aluminium blocks and polished to a mirror finish ensure a perfect shape every time whilst the long term partnership with the manufacturer gets things right on the inside.

  The key design principals of all the Willow Models continue with the Willow 2- performance with strength and sympathetic handling.  The wing’s progressively swept leading edge give a combination of wing area and performance that delivers both stunning dynamic turns as well as the well mannered handling that delivers excellent feedback to the pilot.  The plan form allows you to benefit from relatively deep servo pockets to broaden the choice of servos to use.

  It’s said that winning is the culmination of many small improvements and the willow SOR represents an evolutionary development of the original willow 2. The Willow 2 SOR wing was designed with a more aggressively swept wing- giving a 15% thinner wing at the tips.  More speed but the same excellent handling.
  The Willow 2’s ballast capacity is 2kg of lead, in both the fuselage and wing ballast. 
In the air
  From the very first flights, the Willow 2 surprised me with it’s natural pace.  The only way to describe the air frame is ‘slippy’.  The wing’s wide speed range delivers smooth and rapid acceleration to maximise converting height into fun.    By maintaining a smooth efficient airflow over the wings, not only delivers speed, but a crispness of control that feels like the model is ‘on step’ right out of your hand.
  The Willow 2 was conceived and developed as a thoroughbred racer and it’s when you put her on the course that she will really amaze.  If you use the full ballast capacity it will be hard to wipe the smile from you face.  My own preference is to set the joiner ballast at the start of a session and then make ballast changes in the fuselage mounted ballast- and that’s over 1.2kg of change!
  The efficiency and plan form of the W2 lends itself ideally to the EM turn technique.  The flexibility of the model derived from it’s extensive controls allows you your choice of technique and the flexibility to change and take on the best models out there.

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