E-flite Carbon-Z Splendor AS3X BNF Build

The E-flite Carbon-Z Splendor was designed by F3A World Aerobatic Champion Quique Somenzini to be able to fly Precision F3A type maneuvers as well as all out 3D. I haven’t built a dedicated precision airplane yet and I mainly fly 3D so the Splendor seemed like a no brainer when Horizon Hobby decided to offer the plane at a huge discount. Quique Somenzini decided to part ways with Horizon Hobby and the Splendor BNF soon went on clearance for $179 shipped.

Type: Airplanes
Wingspan: 54.5 in (1384mm)
Overall Length: 56.8 in (1443mm)
Flying Weight: 5.50 lb (2.50 kg)
Motor Size: 50-size brushless outrunner
Radio: AR635 6-channel AS3X receiver (installed)
Servos: (4) 26-gram digital metal gear mini servos (installed)
Prop Size: 14 x 7E
Wing Area: 645 sq. in. (41.5 sq. dm.)
Wing Loading: 19.7 oz/sq ft (60.1 g/sq dm)


Wattmeter Test = 1210 watts / 55 amps

I maidened E-flite Carbon-Z Splendor on a windy day with another receiver installed (orangerx 7ch). The Splendor has plenty of power and with the large aileron surfaces it has some extreme roll rates which made the first flights fun. The plane was trimmed but was nose heavy with these flights and knife edge passes had the plane pulling towards the canopy. I moved the batter further aft and eventually starting cutting away foam to allow the battery to sit even further. On later flights my canopy hatch came off in flight. Other owners have experienced the same and suggest using CA glue to reinforce the red hatch latch pieces to the foam. The 2 prong latch on the actual rear of the canopy came completely off in flight on mine. I’ve since added magnets and a good ole fashioned rubber band to solve the canopy issue.

Maiden Flight Hat Cam (2nd)

some other issues I have had with the Splendor:

  1. e-flite prop adapter(s) not straight (EFLM74502)
  2. poor tail wheel assembly, stress on rudder. (I use these tail wheel offerings from hobbyking and sullivan) HobbyKing Tail Wheel Assembly Tail Wheel Assembly60x25mm D28/30 and Sullivan Steerable Tailwheel Bracket