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Posted by tdford | Apr 09, 2014 @ 01:07 PM | 1,236 Views
I need/wanted something that would be a good flyer at some local parks. Something that would fly in a small area, something that could be hand launched, but something that also had good performance. I had some 4s 2650mah lying around as well, so I wanted something that would put those to work as well.

Meet the 64mm Freewing F-22. I immediately took out the stock power system and opted for a RC Lander (dr mad thrust) 10-blade setup with 3300kv inrunner. That should get this F22 moving!

RCGroup thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2007204
Where to buy: http://www.motionrc.com/freewing-f-2...m-edf-jet-pnp/

April 2014

Came packed nice, as usual.


Everything that's in the box.


Stock battery tray. For the 4s 2650mah some minor foam carving will need to be done.
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Posted by tdford | Feb 13, 2014 @ 11:52 AM | 1,937 Views
Decided to gather my pics together of my FMS P-51. This was my first large warbird. IMO, everyone should own a P-51 at some point. They fly so nice and gracefully. Actually a very easy bird to fly. Very predictable, and no bad tendencies.

RCGroups thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1680510
Where to buy: http://www.motionrc.com/fms-p-51d-mu...-wingspan-pnp/


Packed great


Open air intake, but goes no where...??


At the field
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Posted by tdford | Dec 30, 2013 @ 04:38 PM | 1,824 Views
I have been looking at Freewing's EDF's for some time now. They offer a nice variety of different jets. Their build, fit, and finish all seems to be improving with each model. And components seem to be of decent quality.

I'd always rather have retracts on any of my planes, but specifically servoless ones so that I don't have to be messing with mechanical. Once I heard the F-35 was getting an update, I patiently waited.

RC Groups thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1087133
Where to buy: MotionRC - Freewing F-35






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The hinges are nice and are both foam and nylon. All linkages feel pretty solid considering they are not ball link (except for TV nozzle). I don't remember seeing the previous version's elevator, but here is v2's. Just glue the plastic to the fuse.

(I used 5min epoxy for everything needed gluing, not the epoxy that was included)

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Posted by tdford | Oct 24, 2013 @ 11:22 AM | 2,398 Views
The F-18 is my second EDF and it has become one of my favorites already. There are some small nuances that this plane has, so I decided to recap all my findings here.


RCGroup thread: Exceed RC 70mm F-18
Where to buy: NitroPlanes Exceed 70mm F18


Sept 23, 2014

I was looking at this jet for a bit because I like the size. 70mm provides a good size aircraft and with 4s can still have good performance. Plus cost, once you get to 90mm size (I'm sure I will someday) the cost goes up. ESC, motor, LIPO's, etc. Well a local guy had this BNIB so I picked it up for $120.... w/ spares.

I use 5min epoxy on just about everything. And with this being EPO there is no other way. The plane thread shows people adding carbon rods through the fuse into the wings for added support. I chose not to do this, I'm not going to be doing anything extreme with this bird. But if you are, I'd probably recommend it.

The F18 went together pretty easy, here are some talking points:

- This is a servoless retract version with metal retracts. They are very scale and of good quality actually. The e-retracts are a bit weak though. The sensor thinks that the retract is binding, therefore shuts it down to prevent burn-out. (see below)

- The string method for the gear doors is not good. If you can get them to work great, but I doubt they will continue to work after a few flights. Keep them off unless you go with the servo activiated doors.

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Posted by tdford | Sep 27, 2013 @ 12:11 PM | 2,491 Views
Recap of my CM. This Reno Racer from ROC is great. If you are thinking of going with this bird, don't worry. FMS has done a great job with it, great parts, looks, and performance. It sounds like they are/will be expanding the Reno Racer line, which you may have seen the RocHobby Strega due out the end of Oct '13.

- MotionRC is the place to get it! MotionRC: Critical Mass

March 2013

Got it put together this weekend. It has been noted early in the CM's thread that the paint likes to flake and come off easy. This is correct, with just handeling it I was losing paint . Guess this will be the last time the paint will look this good..



PS: FMS has fixed the paint issue on all models going forward, so no worries


April 15, 2013

Maidned on 4/13 and had two good flights. Using 3s here at altitude (5,200ft) and it still flys great and performs well. Wind was off and on, but it handled the wind pretty well. Vertical is decent at this altitude, but yes 4s would probably make it almost unlimited. But wanted to agree that 3s is enough. Note: I did set the ESC to "high timing".

I put 7 grams right under the battery compartment (slot) and got it to balance right at the 53-55mm mark; gear down. I had to add a little down trim as it wanted to climb, but it didnt take much. Took a click or two of ailerons to get it level. Once trimmed it felt pretty stable and flew nice and level. I need to dial down the throws a bit, this thing will turn on a dime if you want it to. I...Continue Reading
Posted by tdford | Sep 26, 2013 @ 11:49 AM | 3,465 Views
Here is a log of my trustee Cessna. Most of this info and pics are spread out in threads, but wanted to get them recapped here. Enjoy

Plane thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1383806 (Airfield is proprietary to NitroPlanes, they no longer carry FMS planes. Look at MotionRC for all FMS needs)

Jan 9, 2013

Purchased in Dec '12, received from Banana Hobby in good order. I ordered the ARF kit but the box was marked RTF. So I was thinking I got lucky and would receive a free tx/rx..... nope .

Bonus?


Packaged nicely, was double boxed. But no free tx/rx...


So I dug everything out to make sure it was all there, and it was. Checked everything, and to my suprise after reading other peoples experience about how poorly these are boxed, everything was actually packaged pretty well and there was no visable damage what so ever.

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