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Posted by Herb | Feb 09, 2018 @ 08:23 PM | 8,878 Views
I managed to get the ARF-Plus version from Motion RC, just in time before the Friday morning stampede






Delivery if all goes well should be mid-April.

The original F-4 D Phantom had a wingspan of 11.71m and an overall length of 17.76m, whereas the model has a ws of 103cm and a length of 155cm, so the overall scale is ~ 11.37 : 1 (based on wingspan) and ~ 11.46 to 1 based on the length.


The F-4 D comes with a new 90mm 9-blade plastic / metal fan w. outrunner, in some ways similar to the one in the A-10 (which is 80mm though). It seems like a light setup (but I have no idea how much that fan weighs - edit: 378g).

I will put either a WeMoTec Evo 90mm fan with HET inrunner motor in mine, or the equally acceptable lightweight JetFan 90mm.

Black or Brown, that is the Question

EDIT : Maiden video added March 24

Freewing F-4 Phantom JetFan 90mm maiden flights - combined video (3 min 21 sec)

F-4D Phantom II 90mm EDF by Freewing - Fourth Flight (3 min 8 sec)
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Posted by Herb | Jan 26, 2018 @ 11:40 AM | 4,496 Views
I just got this new FrSky Q x7 16-channel telemetry & s-bus radio from Amazon (prime) for $105 (vendor: HeliDirect)


and occasionally you can get it even for less. There is a (very) slightly new model Q X7S so that explains the price drop.

Mine arrived in two days because of Amazon Prime, if it comes from china it takes a bit longer

I also got a FrSky X8R telemetry & s-bus 16-ch receiver for $34 from Bangood :



and a set of Sanyo eneloop 2000mAh batteries from Amazon (I already have the charger):


which seem to last forever (many hours) in this radio.

Bangood and many other places carry a full line of FrSky telemetry sensors:


Aloft Hobbies is another good local source that I used in the past :




Posted by Herb | Dec 13, 2017 @ 03:53 PM | 5,942 Views
I got this nice MiG-21 as an "airframe only" kit for $249 from MRC :




The original has a length of 14.7m and a wingspan of 7.15m,


whereas the model has a length of 173cm and a wingspan of 80cm,

which makes the model a ~1:8.9 scale (almost exactly the same scale as the FW A-4 Skyhawk).

This particular model is suppose to depict the third generation "MF" variant (with enlarged dorsal spine), as described here:


Direct link to the pdf instructions : https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/10...33136327299338

I plan to install my own power setup, an FMS 80mm inrunner fan, as described here:


The main reason is that the FMS fan is a lot lighter than the stock (or even non-stock) FW fan plus it has a better inrunner motor.

I have the same setup in the A-4 Skyhawk and it works really were there, no need to change anything

The paint scheme will the Russian aerobatic one, red on top and silver on the bottom. More or less the same scheme I have in my scratch-built MiG-21 105mm edf:


EDIT : video added

Freewing MiG-21 80mm fast flybys and nice slow rolls (3 min 39 sec)

Posted by Herb | Nov 04, 2017 @ 11:46 AM | 6,613 Views
Acquired this new nice small Hawk as a replacement for my 70mm FW F-104 missile ... The 104 flies very nicely but in the silver scheme is a bit hard to see on the landing approach when it comes toward you.

With the idea of moving my power setup from the F-104 tom the Hawk, I got just the $169 airframe ("Arf-Plus") kit :



It is a pity they don't make a similar, no frills & lightweight one, in a bigger size ~90mm

I love the way Hawks fly, this is my ninth edf one from what I can count (the first one was a Gloeckner kit with a Schwerdfeger 69mm fan) ... Too bad the larger FW offerings are either airliners (A-10) or that overcomplex F-14.

It turns out this Hawk also runs rings around my overbelled and overwhistled FW 90mm F-16 even though the latter has a very powerful JetFan / HET 700 combo in it .

Edit: Short video added:

BAe Hawk Red Arrows edf by Freewing Maiden (4 min 17 sec)


BAe Hawk FW 70mm landing (0 min 22 sec)
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Posted by Herb | Oct 20, 2017 @ 01:17 PM | 6,667 Views
I've used gyros for years in my EDF jets ... They can be useful for takeoff and landing, and occasionally in flight when there's a lot of wind.

Without getting into some sort of religious war : I love gyros and use them all the time, under the right conditions (eg crosswind, a lot of wind, some landings etc).

Nevertheless it makes sense (to me) to first get the jet to fly right without a gyro, by

* simple mechanical adjustments

* sensible throws

* correct CG

* correct wing & tail incidences

* correct thrust angle(s)

* correct stance

* sensible main gear position

and later have fun with the gyro on a model that is now at least set up half right Instead of having some chinese mystery electronics just try to fix everything in one swoop. That's at least how I do it.

Here's the gyro in question :





This particular gyro has a number of fancy features, but I only use the most basic ones (KISS principle)

The many options can be confusing, but I use the "NORMAL" mode exclusively, and most of the factory DEFAULT settings. For ex. I never used the "Auto-Balance" , the "3D-AVCS" or the "Auto-Hover" features. I also use the standard (default) setup for servos eg. 50Hz.

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Posted by Herb | Sep 16, 2017 @ 12:15 PM | 10,940 Views
Got this one as an "Arf Plus" kit from MRC for $249 - including shipping to Cali :



Will install my own 80mm inrunner motor fan with a yep 150A esc,


Was not going to use the outrunner fw fan that comes with the pnp kit, although the performance should be rather similar, at least to the comparable FW inrunner version.

The original Douglas A-4 Skyhawk had a wingspan of 8.38m and an overall length of 12.22m :


whereas the model has a wingspan of 940mm and a length of 1430mm, which gives as an overall scale for the model of ~ 1: 8.91 (from the wingspan numbers).

The paint scheme on mine represents an A-4P of the Argentinian air force around ~ 1982 so it's usualy referred to as the "Falklands" ("Malvinas") scheme.


Videos added Oct 22:

A-4 Skyhawk 80mm EDF by Freewing with FMS inrunner fan (3 min 38 sec)


A-4 Skyhawk 80mm edf Takes Off in a Stiff Crosswind (3 min 37 sec)
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Posted by Herb | May 16, 2017 @ 11:47 AM | 12,901 Views
Got this one from HK for $215, airframe only - but with complete metal landing gear, some servos (gear door) and a simple gear door sequencer.



Had no use for the junk fans, junk outrunner motors and escs that the pnp version comes with for an extra $150

The original Sukhoi Su-35 has a wingspan of ~ 15.3 meters and a length of ~ 21.9 meters,


whereas the model has a wingspan of 108 cm and a length of 163 cm, which gives as an approximate scale ~ 13.8 : 1 .

Some but not all Su-35's have thrust vectoring ... the Su-37 variant does as well.

Will be repainted in a different camo scheme, similar to the one shown below.

Power will be from twin WeMoTec MiniFan EVO 70mm or a comparable 10-bl setup, with either a HET 2w, Arc or Mad Thrust, or similar , quality in runner motor on 6S.

A proven setup very similar to what I have in my Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut :


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Posted by Herb | Apr 12, 2017 @ 04:03 PM | 13,610 Views
I picked up one of these as an "airframe only" from MRC for $159 :



They also sell it (the airframe only but with LG) for $104 in China :


It seems slightly larger than my JePe F-16 (35" ws vs 31" ws) :


so a rough comparison will be interesting.

On this one the wingspan is 88 cm and the length is 131 cm, whereas the real one has a 9.96m wingspan at a 15.06m length


so the model is in the ~ 1:11.4 scale range.

I plan to possibly have a tailerons only setup, to reduce wing drag.

Fan will be an 70mm one with quality inrunner, and a 150A YEP esc I already have.

Finish will be in a simple 1984 Belgian TigerMeet scheme, which I have done a few times before ...


Edit: Video added Oct 22

F-16 70mm EDF by Freewing with WeMoTec EVO fan (3 min 17 sec)


Takes off and lands like a feather :


F-16 FW 70mm edf takeoffs and landings (1 min 14 sec)
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Posted by Herb | Mar 03, 2017 @ 12:21 PM | 15,953 Views
I just got this new FMS 80mm plastic fan from China,



For $76 it includes (what looks like) a nice inrunner motor, and that was the main reason for buying it. Many of these chinese fans nowadays include some $10 junk outrunner motor that I really don't care about

I am not familiar with that particular motor brand ("Predator") ... we shall see

As is quite clear and explicit from the FMS and Bangood sites, there is only one version of this fan with a 3270 2000kv motor.

Different measurements that people might or might not get could depend on a weak battery, incorrect transmitter endpoints, free-standing vs. installed in edf jet, and wrong esc setup (wrong timing not suited to a 4-pole inrunner) etc.

EDIT 1-10-2018 : Price just went up to $109, and then back down to $76, on bangood

Posted by Herb | Jan 28, 2017 @ 01:36 PM | 18,108 Views
I got this one as an "airframe only" kit for $129







The manufacturer is listed as "Sky Flight Hobby", and occasionally as LX or Lan Xiang.

The kit version is fine for me, as I really don't need all the extra junk motors, junk fans and junk escs

Will strip out all that thrust vectoring stuff, plastic nozzles, plastic mounts etc as well, and as a result lighten it up as much as possible.

Power setup will the twin WeMoTec Mininfans EVO 70mm on 6S.

Here's a video of how mine flies :

Sukhoi Su-47 Berkut (3 min 21 sec)


The original Su-47 Berkut does all sorts of wild aerobatics, which in the model requires a very LIGHT airframe and lots of power

Su-47 Berkut - Extreme Maneuverability (5 min 50 sec)
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Posted by Herb | Jan 06, 2017 @ 09:17 PM | 12,169 Views
I got the F-16C from MRC a couple of weeks ago, very simple and straightforward to put it together...



She's a bit smaller than my Tam F-16 (which is 12-th scale) and a bit larger than my old all molded JePe F-16.

On this one the wingspan is 102.3 cm and the length is 152.2 cm, whereas the real one has a 9.96m wingspan at a 15.06m length


so the model is in the ~ 1:10.2 scale range.

Posted by Herb | Dec 21, 2016 @ 06:02 PM | 14,237 Views
I got this from MRC as an airframe kit only for $159,






It is made out of EPO = Expanded Poly Olefin (which is NOT EPS = Expanded Poly Styrene).

It includes pretty much everything except fan and esc (and of course receiver). I really had no need for another $20 outrunner edf plastic fan .

Seems pretty well made for what it costs, the overall near-scale outline and the paint job look pretty good.

More importantly the ducting is actually pretty decent compared to some other FW offerings !

For some reason all the ones I have seen in person crashed badly, nevertheless the F-104 is generally a decent EDF (or turbine) flier.

The original F-104 had an overall length of 16.66m and a wingspan of 6.36m,


whereas the model has 1.403m and 0.656m respectively, giving a scale of 11.88 (length) to 9.70 (wingspan), or on the average ~10.8 scale.

Here's a video of how mine flies (it gets faster as the batteries warm up) :

F-104 Starfighter 70mm EDF with WeMoTec MiniFan EVO (1 min 32 sec)


F-104 Starfighter Freewing fast & low Flybys (0 min 36 sec)
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Posted by Herb | Oct 29, 2016 @ 08:19 PM | 12,805 Views
Started to look at the various pieces as the came out of the FlyFly box, it seems all the underwing tanks are missing.

Other than that, the kit seems in reasonable shape. I got it from hobby88.com (which is basically flyfly),



JePe's modifications are described in detail here :


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Posted by Herb | Oct 19, 2016 @ 12:11 PM | 15,025 Views
I got this kit some time ago from Dragon Hobby for $64 which is not bad, so I don't get all the extra junk I don't need.


Setup is a JetFan 90mm with HET 650 motor on 6S (3S+3S) 4000's , this is the setup I took out of that POS Freewing Fiat G-91 with atrocious ducting that always felt overweight, underpowered and never flew half right

Posted by Herb | Jan 10, 2016 @ 11:50 AM | 19,758 Views
Here's my latest fast foam project , a $99 FlyFly Mirage 90mm EDF




modified following (rather loosely) JePe's very detailed suggestions:



The model has been around for a while so here's a few useful threads talking about it:



I got the kit about a month ago, and did the maiden yesterday

I like to do most of the finishing & detailing work after the maiden, for obvious reasons

Below is what she looks like after the maiden

And here is a short video of the Mirage, I had to edit some parts out as the camera was on auto-focus:


Mirage 2000 by FlyFly 90mm EDF (2 min 14 sec)

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Posted by Herb | Sep 17, 2013 @ 07:07 PM | 32,135 Views
HTG MiG-15 (90mm EDF) 155cm (61") wingspan, a very nice kit! And quite close to scale

This thread in Italian or German



http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=24003 ($159 epo )



The MiG-15 with shipping cost me less than a pair of BVM molded MiG-15 wing tanks

Given the 155cm wingspan of the model, the scale is approximately 1008cm / 155cm = 6.50 :



Flight video added Nov. 17 2013, flies pretty fast but lands slow :


MiG-15 90mm HTG flyby (0 min 15 sec)


MiG-15 bis 90mm HTG (1 min 53 sec)
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Posted by Herb | Sep 11, 2013 @ 12:30 PM | 35,922 Views
I got this kit for $119 from the HK usa warehouse, not bad fro the price

I started putting some of it together while I am waiting for some additional parts.

Power setup will be a WeMoTec EVO fan on 6S 4000's.



It is / was sold as the "Hobbyking", "Proedf", "ProDesign" or "KMP" (Kondor Model Products) MiG-15 90mm edf.

Wingspan is around 1127 mm, length around 1124mm, expected weight rtf around 3kg.

Edit: short flight video added Oct. 27 2013:

MiG-15 90mm composite EDF (HK/ProEdf/ProDesign) (1 min 53 sec)

Posted by Herb | Jan 26, 2012 @ 11:47 AM | 133,767 Views
The long awaited CMP (aka CMPro or China Models) Aero L-39 / L-59 Albatros 90mm EDF

http://www.chinapro09.com/OEM%20airplan/L-39.html is now out.

This thread in German

This thread in Italian

Given that the original had a wingspan of 9.46m and a length of 12.13m (L-59: 12.20m), whereas the model has a wingspan of 120cm and a length of 132cm, the scale is approximately 9.46m/1.20m = 7.9 :1 .

L-39 : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aero_L-39_Albatros



More info on the kit :







The retracts are exactly the same as the ones sold for the CMP / HK Hawk :


I got mine from RC Aerodyne and it arrived, double boxed with no damage.

ca. 75-78 mm from wing leading edge at root (see picture below)

Short Video of mine (April 2012) :

CMP L-39 (Hobbyking L-59) Albatros 1200mm EDF (5 min 52 sec)

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