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.
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!