ElectriFly Mister Mulligan Review


 
Resurrecting a 1930’s legend, ElectriFly sent us their Howard DGA-6 – more affectionately called the “Mister Mulligan”. We had a chance to build and review this gentlemen, and now you can see how he scored on our 5X5 review.
 

Intro and Flight Footage
5X5 Review Scoring

 

Summary

We now have a better understanding of why Ben Howard and Gordon Israel named the original full scale DGA-6 “Mister Mulligan” – he commands some respect. Our scale version had a powerful .32 equivalent RimFire motor and 14.8 volts of LiPo power to yank it through the air. Tie that with an extremely aggressive high-wing airframe and the Mister will keep your attention throughout the flight!

Building Mister Mulligan was a familiar experience if you’ve ever built a Great Planes/Hobbico/ElectriFly product before. Instructions were comprehensive and the ARF assembly pieces were expertly built and covered for a glove-like fit. This is truly an ARF kit with no fabrication skills required other than a little reaming around the tail wheel rod hole in order to get proper alignment of the rudder to the vertical stabilizer.

One thing you’ll notice during assembly is the attention to detail on both the cowl and landing gear. This is one beautiful machine. In fact, one of – if not the best – finished ARFs to date from ElectriFly. With the added detail of the radial engine, the finished product is near show class.

Now to the flight: get a good nights rest, pick a calm flying day, get the CG dead on, and run through your pre-flight checks. Mister Mulligan requires attention and focus. Not so much for the take-off (you will feel the torque and have to stay on the rudder), but for the landings. In the air, you can do just about anything you want. Inverts, snaps (fast!), inside/outside loops, symmetrical aileron rolls, etc. Mister Mulligan will deliver all day long. When you are ready to bring him in, be ready for a lesson in stalls, flares, and touchdowns.

Following the suggested control throws left us wanting a little more on the elevator, but the ailerons and rudder were dead-on. We also gave ourselves another 1/4″ on the flap throws, just in case. After landing Mister Mulligan several times we were glad we did. We had the most success with dialing 1/2 flaps on the downwind, making our turn (a little higher than usual), aligning with the runway, adding full flaps, and cutting back the throttle. The drag is immediately felt and you’ll have to push the nose over to stay above stall speed. Once we were about 6 feet above the runway we leveled out a bit, added some more throttle and let Mister Mulligan enter a short and decelerating glide slope. Once you enter ground effect, you really have to commit to the landing. Go-arounds can get pretty scary if you’ve already reached stall speed and flared. The torque combined with the upturned wing tips and narrow wingspan will have you tip stalling/torque rolling and cartwheeling very easily and almost guaranteed.

Mister Mulligan is a cordial take-off and flight platform, but he gets some attitude on landings and will test your skills. Fortunately, the construction is very solid and durable so as long as you keep it on the wheels, damage will be very minimal to non-existent. ElectriFly did a great job bringing this classic to the RC market and the fickle landing tendencies are present on the full-size version as well so it’s par for the course and should be expected.

A beautiful replica from the golden age of aviation history that translates into a very enjoyable RC model. Beginners need not apply!

5X5 Review Scoring

Model Characteristics

Build as Advertised:

Build Instructions and Advertised Difficulty...
4 / 5

Finish:

Covering, Paint, Plastic and Decals...
5 / 5

Power:

Specified Powerplant Performance...
4.5 / 5

Ground Handling:

Landing Gear, Floats, and Hovering...
3.5 / 5

Durability:

Model Impact and Transportation Durability...
4 / 5

Pilot Experience

Flight as Advertised:

Flight Experience As Compared To Marketing
4 / 5

Flight Time:

Flight Duration Of Recommended Powerplant
5 / 5

Field Size:

2 Brothers Flying Site Recommendation
Flying Field

Portability:

How Easily The Model Transports Without Damage
4 / 5

Skill Level:

2 Brothers Recommended Skill Level
Advanced

Model Specifications

Model Type:

ARF

Wing Span:

52.5 in (1335 mm)

Wing Area:

441 in² (28.4 dm²)

Weight:

5.25-5.75 lb (2380-2610 g)

Wing Loading:

27-30 oz/ft² (82-92 g/dm²)

Length:

41.5 in (1055 mm)

Motor Design:

Brushless Outrunner

Fuel Type:

Nitro Methane

Motor Wattage:

1480

Motor kv:

800

Motor Size:

.32 Equivalent Outrunner

Volt Range:

4s LiPo (14.8V)

Propeller:

APC 12X8E

Construction:

Balsa Built-up

ESC Amperage:

45A

Radio Channels:

4-6

Needed Items:

radio with a minimum of 4 channels and 4 micro servos, 42-50-800kV outrunner brushless motor, 45A brushless ESC (min.), 14.8V (4S) 3350mAh LiPo battery & 12x8 electric propeller.

Street Price:

$209.97 USD

Special Features:

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7 Responses to ElectriFly Mister Mulligan Review

  1. avatar mickvk says:

    I loved the work you guys did to shine a light on this model. I recently struggled with a fella who said a review can’t be unbiased if the manufactured is sending a publicity model… A “paid review” he called it with a sneer. But you guys clearly have a love of the game. I understand that not every class of model with be right for every modeler – you guys did a great job of describing the class or category, and then evaluating how the model performed in the category. Spot on, nicely done!

    • avatar kurt says:

      Thanks for your comment, mickvk. You’re right, not every class of model is for everyone and our goal is to help modelers AND manufacturers succeed by making the right choices. Something the viewers also don’t see is the models we reject for review because they just aren’t up to par or the manufacturer has poor support, quality, or stocking. There’s no amount of advertising revenue that will make me or Rob spend the time and effort promoting a bad experience. We’re glad to see some people understand, and thanks for watching.

  2. avatar wcessna says:

    What mah battery did you use?. I see recommended is a 4s 3400mah but thought you said it was 4300 mah in the video. Could you clarify which you used and the flight time? Maybe I misunderstood the mah. How many watts did it pull at full and half throttle? Do you happen to know? Curious as I have a number of 4s 3400 mah but no 4300 mah and wanted to know what to expect and use. ( already have the box with the plane at my feet ..)

    The review was very helpful I’m letting me know what to expect. The first flight without any heads ups is always a little ” exciting” I find. I’ll be watching for other reviews from your site now. Thanks!

    • avatar Kurt says:

      Yep, we used a 4350mAh Flight Power EONX 30C battery. We got a very comfortable 8+ minutes out of our flights average, but you can dial that up or down with the left stick:) You may pull that down to six with the 3400mAh. As for peak at full throttle, we didn’t meter the powerplant but from past testing, Rimfire setups (per recommended props) stay within the spec’d ESC rating. Our 30C was more than enough. There was no sag evident at full throttle and our pack stayed cool throughout the flight. It’s a great flying plane and a little mule on landing, but after a few runs you’ll get the hang of it. Be warned: at full throttle, you may “pop” the windshield off the fuse! It’s held on by rare earth magnets but we found that at high speed runs you build up enough internal air pressure (right in through that enormous cowl) to pop the windshield/access hatch off. It flutters down to the ground nicely with no damage, but Mister Mulligan starts flying really dirty and it scares the crap out of you…and then you start laughing… Good Luck and Have Fun!

  3. avatar rs670 says:

    Hi Kurt,

    I also want to thank you for what seems to be an honest review of “Mr Mulligan ARF” I’m seriously thinking about ordering one of these but need you to address one of my concerns. Being overly particular about covering, I just can’t help being nervous about the quality of the Monokote. Lately, I’ve been having to completely strip any planes covered with Monokote and redo with another brand of covering. BUT, I noticed you rated this plane very high in the “finish” category. Were there no wrinkles or anything other defects to contend with? Hopefully, the problems with Monokote have been resolved. I really want to order this plane but will wait for your reply.

    • avatar Kurt says:

      Hi rs670, Our test model looked very good. I had to the run the iron over a couple spots (nothing out of the ordinary) but it looked very clean. With this particular model, any wrinkles on the white covering shows up very strong and it seems GP did a good job trimming out the plane. If you do buy, I hope yours is the same way and PLEASE let us know what you find. That’s valuable feedback for other potential buyers.

      • avatar rs670 says:

        I wish I had waited just a day longer for your reply. I would have definately ordered one. Instead, I ordered a Reactor Bipe EP. (Big mistake) The monokote covering was the worst I’d ever seen. I just sent it back to Tower Hobbies. Buy the time I bought the plane, the recommended RimFire 15 and a SS 35amp ESC, I could’ve had Mr Mulligan, a RimFire 32 and a 45amp ESC for $12 more. Reviews for the Great Planes Reactor Bipe EP were very good but they were very misleading in my opinion. It was one of the worst quality ARFs I’ve ever seen. I think it would be one of the types you would have rejected. Keep up the good work! Next time, I’ll follow your lead!

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