E-flite/Horizon Hobby-EC-1500 1.2M
Model Airplane News|March 2020
Versatile twin with a wide flight envelope
ANDREW GRIFFITH

AT A GLANCE

MODEL

EC-1500 Twin 1.5m

MANUFACTURER

E-flite (e-fliterc.com)

DISTRIBUTOR

Horizon Hobby (horizonhobby.com)

TYPE

twin sport-scale electric

WINGSPAN

60.1 in.

PILOT SKILL LEVEL

Intermediate

ASSEMBLY TIME

20 minutes

RADIO REQ’D

6-channel DSM2/DSMX compatible

POWER REQ’D

3S or 4S 3200 to 6400mAh LiPo

PRICE

$399.99 (BNF Basic), $369.99 (PNP)

The E-flite Cargo 1500 Twin, or EC-1500, is a twin-engine electric cargo plane loosely based on the Alenia C-27 Spartan military transport. Like the C-27, the EC-1500 can be used for a variety of missions. It’s available in Plug-N-Play and in a BNF Basic version. Able to fly off just about any surface, the BNF Basic version of the EC-1500 I reviewed was equipped with AS3X and SAFE Select, so it’s stable and easy to fly. An impressive array of unique features and options allow a customized flight experience to suit just about anyone.

The revolutionary cargo plane is constructed of painted EPO foam and features removable plug-in wings and fixed landing gear. The color scheme is an eye-popping bright orange and white.

The EC-1500’s power system is comprised of a pair of E-flite Power 15 motors and 40-amp speed controls. The motors are counter-rotating and use modern-looking five-blade scimitar-style propellers. You can power the EC-1500 with either a 3S or 4S LiPo, but if you want to take full advantage of the capabilities and really wring it out, then 4S is the way to go.

The AS3X-equipped BNF Basic EC-1500 is easy to assemble in just a few quick steps and can be flown in a scale manner by anyone who has mastered a trainer, or cranked up and enjoyed by pilots of any skill level.

UNIQUE FEATURES

There is much to be excited about when you unpack the EC-1500 and layout the parts. All of the hinging is complete, using either foam hinge lines, CA hinges, or pocket-style hinges, depending on the surface. Peel-and-stick decals are provided to customize your EC-1500 in one of several schemes. I chose U.S. Coast Guard markings to match the bright orange and white colors.

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