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Top Flite Elder .40 Size Kit TOPA0215


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Top Filte Elder .40-size Aerobatic Sport modelit. Elder 40 Vintage looks with today's technology. The Elder 40's legacy began in 1985, when it was first introduced by Top Flite. Modelers immediately took to this nostalgic-looking kit, and Elder 40s filled the skies at flying fields everywhere. Now Top Flite is bringing this classic back, with one major distinction: Gold Edition CAD engineering, for the most straightforward, most accurate assembly possible. The result is a scale replica of an aviation legend that's a joy to build, as well as a pleasure to fly!

An ideal second model can be flight-ready in just a few weekends. CAD-engineered, all-wood parts interlock precisely to produce a strong, straight structure; photo-illustrated instructions guide you through the building process step-by-step.

Features assembly aids such as pre-shaped leading and trailing edges and built-up wing tips. The radio compartment with servo tray offers plenty of room for simple installation of a 4-channel system. Handles as easily as any sport plane, with "wind in the wires" excitement. The open rear section of the fuselage, with its trusswork and gussets, further exemplifies the plane's vintage heritage.

The preformed, 2-piece landing gear provides excellent ground handling. Optional wire wheels enhance the plane's authentic looks. Elder 40 - Wooden parts are included for creating the flying wire braces shown here for attaching either elastic cord (not included) or, for added realism, metal wire with miniature turnbuckles. You can also add to the Elder 40's "Golden Era" styling by equipping it with your own pilot figure and machine guns. Pilot figure, machine gun and flying wires shown are available separately.The Elder 40 is designed to be fully aerobatic with either a 2-stroke or 4-stroke engine within the recommended range.

Includes: One Glow Powered Top Flite Gold Edition Elder .40 Sport Scale Kit with all wood to construct the airplane, pushrods, .12" (3mm) pre-bent wire landing gear, thin wire to wrap landing gear, nylon adjustable engine mount, hardware package, decals, photo-illustrated instructions, full-size rolled plans


  • Engine: .40-.46 (6.5-7.5cc) (2-stroke) OR .52 (8.5cc) (4-stroke)
  • Muffler: Engine mounts inverted, if using 4-stroke, stock muffler of engine will work fine.
  • Radio: 4-Channel
  • Servos: 4- 40 oz-in torque minimum (1-aileron, 1-elevator, 1-rudder, 1-throttle)
  • Servo Extension 6" (152mm) for ailerons
  • Covering: Four 6' rolls of MonoKote
  • Misc. Items: 10oz fuel tank, glow plug, ¼" foam rubber padding, 3' medium fuel tubing, fuel filter, propeller depending on selected engine, building hardware field equipment


Fact sheet

Main Category R/C Vehicles
Vehicle Type Airplane
Power Type Nitro Power
Build Type Unassembled Kit
Skill Level Skill Level 5
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Tech Specs

Wingspan: 65" (1651mm)
Wing Area:
778sq in (50dm2)
5.5-7.0lb (2495-3175kg)
Wing Loading:
16.3 - 20.7oz/sq ft (50-63g/dm2)
49.5" (1257mm)
Flat bottom
Center of Gravity:
3½" (89mm) Back from the wing's leading edge at the fuselage sides

Control Throws
Low Rate
Up & Down 1/4"  (6mm)
Up & Down 7/16" (11mm)
Right & Left 1/2" (13mm)

High Rate

Up & Down 3/8" (9.5mm)
Up & Down 5/8"  (16mm)
Right & Left 3/4"  (19mm)

Engine Down Thrust:

Engine Right thrust:




  • Top Flite is bringing back the Classic Elder 40, with one major distinction: Gold Edition CAD engineering
  • An Ideal Second model, can be flight ready in just a few weekends
  • Features assembly aids such as pre-shaped leading and trailing edges and built-up wing tips
  • Wings are one-piece, all wood with ailerons and plywood wing joiners
  • Spacious radio compartment allow easy radio gear installation and quick fuel tank access
  • Open rear section of the fuselage, with its truss work and gussets further exemplifies the planes vintage heritage
  • Pre-formed, .12" (3mm) 2-piece wire landing gear provides excellent ground handling
  • Wooden parts are included for creating the flying wire braces shown on the box, used for attaching either elastic cord (not included) or for added realism, metal wire with miniature turnbuckles
  • Warranty: Top Flite Model Manufacturing Company guarantees this kit free from defects in both materials and workmanship at the date of purchase

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