You can assemble this ARF in as little as 15-20 hours. The airframe features built-up wood construction with factory-applied Top Flite® MonoKote® covering. A fiberglass cowl and wheel pants are also included, as well as a pilot figure (not shown).
Stabilizer halves, each with its own elevator servo, slide onto aluminum joiners and remove easily for transport. Positive rudder control is provided by dual servos, which are coupled using supplied linkage hardware created expressly for large-scale models.
Each wing half of the 1/3 scale Matt Chapman CAP 580 uses two servos to actuate its aileron control surface. This provides the muscle for crisp deflection, enabling the model to excel in 3D aerobatics and IMAC competition as well as during "everyday" sport flying.
Like its main wing, the CAP 580's stabilizer halves slide onto aluminum joiners and remove easily for transport. Each half has its own servo for elevator actuation. The steerable tailwheel provides positive ground handling.
99.5 in (2525 mm)
1885 in² (121.6 dm²)
26.5-28 lb (12.0-12.7 kg)
95 in (2415 mm)
32-34 oz/ft² (99-104 g/dm²)
4.2-7.2 cu in (80-120 cc) glow or gasoline
4-6 channel radio w/1-2 standard (6 high-torque and 2 giant high-torque servos)
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Learn more about Matt Chapman and the CAP 580 he pilots in airshows around the world.
The wing of Matt Chapman's full-size CAP 580 spans 24 feet — and this model spans over a third of that, at 99.5 inches! Despite its size, however, the Great Planes CAP 580 ARF is easy to transport, with wing panels that remove easily and reattach quickly at the field.
The fuselage offers two locations for the aluminum tube that joins the main wing halves. This allows you to adjust the plane's wing position to achieve the proper center of gravity, no matter what engine you choose from the recommended range.
The CAP 580's canopy doubles as a convenient hatch that lifts off for fast access to your receiver battery and other on-board radio equipment. Adding to the model's sport-scale realism are accurate sponsor decals and a lifelike pilot bust, already painted and installed.
Like the rest of this model, its factory-painted fiberglass cowl and wheel pants closely match the look of Matt Chapman's full-scale airshow favorite. The included spinner — part of a hardware package specifically engineered for giant-scale flying – is painted to match the cowl.
"I'm thrilled with how accurately Great Planes reproduced the trim scheme of my CAP 580 on this model. As an R/C pilot and IMAC competitor myself, I enjoy flying it almost as much as the full-size aircraft!"
Commercial & Airshow Pilot
Pictured with Great Planes
Founder Don Anderson