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Posted by Blaze0021 | Aug 29, 2019 @ 11:46 PM | 1,309 Views
In 1080p 60fps - This is a performance flight of my Eflite F-16 Falcon 64mm EDF Jet BNF Basic.

Eflite F-16 Falcon 64mm EDF Jet BNF Basic Performance Flight (4 min 15 sec)

Powered by a Pulse 4S 2250mAh 45C, weighing in at 240 grams and set as far aft as possible. The CG was measured at 83mm from the leading edge of the main wing (from the manual addendum's recommended CG range of 75-85mm). Flight Timer was set to 3:40 minutes. Flown with a Spektrum DX8 G2 Transmitter.

This is a jet that I was initially reluctant to get, just because of the trim scheme / livery. However, the F-16's unique flight characteristics and personality in the air has justifiably won me over. Compared to the Eflite and FMS F-15 Eagle 64mm EDF Jets, the Eflite F-16 Falcon 64mm EDF Jet demands more in pilot proficiency. In flight, the F-16 feels less stable but is definitely more agile. Be mindful of airspeed on final approach for landings, and bleed off as much airspeed as you can during your final flare.. Otherwise, you may find yourself back in the air for a go-around. Also watch out for crosswind approaches and avoid them if possible. Lastly, the narrow stance of the wheels makes ground handling and taxiing in an "appropriate" speed, a skill in itself.. beware of making quick steering movements after touchdown and during taxiing back to the hangar.

Is it less stable, yes. Is it more agile, yes. Does it require more skill out of the pilot, absolutely.

I like it!

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Posted by Blaze0021 | Aug 25, 2019 @ 07:02 PM | 1,288 Views
This is the 44th and final Test Flight of my Arrows RC F4U-4 Corsair 1100mm Warbird, modified for 4S power.

Arrows RC F4U-4 Corsair 1100mm Warbird Golden Hour 4S Test Flight #44 (5 min 36 sec)

Enjoy the lack of extra sounds other than the ambient noise, the voice of my Spektrum DX8 (G2), and the whistle of a precisely balanced 4-blade prop on 4S with the airframe whoosh of a Corsair.

I will apologize in advance as I feel like this flight was more subdued and restricted than what I normally would perform. I almost forgot how difficult it was to use the Action Cam iPhone Headmount... having the weight of an iPhone 7 strapped to your forehead and guessing what your iPhone is actually capturing during the flight while performing maneuvers can be awkward and a bit of a challenge.

The stock 40-Amp ESC has been replaced with a ZTW Mantis 65-Amp ESC with 5-Amp SBEC, and has been relocated from the tight air-restricting box that the original 40-Amp ESC was originally placed within the nose, to the interior compartment for increased air circulation. The original ESC "box" location has been left open for adequate ventilation to the interior compartment, with only the motor/ESC wires to channel through it. The plastic dummy radial faceplate cowl has been drilled with additional ventilation holes for increased airflow and cooling to the motor and interior compartment leading to the upgraded ESC.

The stock 11.5x8 4-blade prop has been replaced with a...Continue Reading
Posted by Blaze0021 | Aug 19, 2019 @ 01:46 AM | 2,012 Views
This is a Demo Flight of my Arrows RC F4U-4 Corsair 1100mm Warbird.

Arrows RC F4U-4 Corsair 1100mm PNP Warbird Flight (5 min 41 sec)

All of the internals are stock. Powered by an Admiral 3S 2600mAh 30C lipo, the weight of this 3-cell battery (211 grams) with an additional 28 grams of ballast affixed to the underside of the removable battery tray was enough to meet the manual's recommended 60mm CG. Flown with a Spektrum DX8 G2 Transmitter and using a Lemon RX "LM033" DSMX 7-Channel Stabilizer / Receiver.

My RC friend Brad had shown up to the airfield to view my Arrows RC F4U-4 Corsair in action. What I didn't realize until halfway through my flight was that he had also decided to record my flight as well. Brad had been looking for an F4U Corsair in the 1100-1200mm wingspan range to replace his aging Parkzone Corsair. I had suggested this model in particular. With excellent stock 3S performance, quality materials, manufacturing, as well as having flaps, retracts, and lights right out of the box, the Arrows RC F4U-4 Corsair is a great value and hard to pass up for $169. I also felt right at home piloting this one - just a very solid warbird with no bad habits, and a real sweetheart to fly.

Brad ended up buying one.

Brad, thanks by the way for getting my flight footage. Even with just an old iPhone 6, you still managed to capture one of the best warbird flights I've ever completed -- and what's surprising is you typically don't even record flight...Continue Reading