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Posted by Herb | Mar 03, 2017 @ 12:21 PM | 1,748 Views
I just got this new FMS 80mm plastic fan from China,

For $76 it includes 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

Posted by Herb | Jan 28, 2017 @ 01:36 PM | 3,016 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 Lanxiang.

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 | 2,239 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 | 3,470 Views
I got this from MRC as an airframe kit only for $159,

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 .

It 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 :

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

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Posted by Herb | Oct 29, 2016 @ 08:19 PM | 3,313 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 (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 | 4,730 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 31, 2016 @ 11:09 PM | 6,934 Views
A few pictures ... still have a long way to go. This is the so called Haoye or KMP or Kondor Model styrofoam kit that has been around for 8+ years :

In spite of the pictures below, power will be twin WeMoTec EVO 70mm fans, each on 6S 4000's ...

Posted by Herb | Jan 10, 2016 @ 11:50 AM | 7,571 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 | Apr 28, 2014 @ 12:14 PM | 26,025 Views
Here's my latest project, I picked this one up at a local HS (Rob's).

Like most Kyosho products it looks very well made

The specs are scale 1:7, 1.8m (71") wingspan.

Recommended engine size is described as 90 to 120 ...

(The original F4U Corsair had a wingspan of 41' or 12.5 m, which gives a scale of 12.5/1.8 = 6.94:1 : )

Here's a direct link to the Kyosho instructions (34 Mb) :

It has been pointed out to me that it looks very similar (if not identical) to the Phoenix Model Corsair (1.80m ws):

the slightly smaller BH Model Corsair (1.74m ws) :

and the even smaller Phoenix Model Corsair (1.49m ws)

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Posted by Herb | Sep 17, 2013 @ 07:07 PM | 21,329 Views
HTG MiG-15 (90mm EDF) 155cm (61") wingspan, a very nice kit! And quite close to scale

This thread in Italian or German ($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 | 24,928 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 | Feb 03, 2013 @ 03:18 PM | 8,783 Views
I ordered the new Dynam Me-262 from Nitroplanes a few days ago ... I got it in two days, and it took me a day to build and set up. (I used a 5% coupon)

On the model the wingspan is 150cm, whereas the original Me-262 had a wingspan of 12.60m (, so that makes the scale approximately 12.6/1.5 = 7.9:1 .

The next day, Saturday, I flew it with the CG at 115 mm and it flew fine, it barely needed any trims. I use the recommended 4S 4000 setup and it flies well, plenty of speed for a foamie . My latest CG is now at 130mm (see picture below).

My nosegear steering lingage kept getting undone at the field, so I had to put a collar to prevent that Z-bend from slipping out.

The elevator and rudder linkages (pushrods) were really flimsy, I had to make the whole assembly a lot more rigid to avoid a possible catastrophy on the maiden.

Other than that, it flies like a charm

Edit : Short video clip :

Me-262 Dynam short video clip (0 min 55 sec)

Posted by Herb | Jan 26, 2012 @ 11:47 AM | 114,268 Views
The long awaited CMP (aka CMPro or China Models) Aero L-39 / L-59 Albatros 90mm EDF 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 :

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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Posted by Herb | Dec 16, 2011 @ 05:15 PM | 67,210 Views
My new little project, a Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet, 61'' wingspan. It will be FAST

This thread in German

Some basic info on the Me-163 Komet rocket interceptor can be found here :

The original Me-163B had a wingspan of 9.33m, which makes the model roughly 1:6.1 scale.

Most likely the paint scheme will be "yellow 15" kept at Raf Cosford.

The model itself is the so-called "Flyboy Models" or "BH Models" 0.60-size Me-163, 1540 mm (61'') wingspan,

and is made by CY Model :

Edit : Me-163 short video March 2012:

Me-163 Komet 60-inch RC (FlyBoys) (2 min 5 sec)

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Posted by Herb | Oct 13, 2011 @ 05:29 PM | 39,685 Views
Once in a while an EDF fan comes along where there's plenty of measured data to evaluate how good it is ...

Here's some nice and complete systematic data for the new 90mm JetFan :

Of great relevance of the overall fan efficiency, defined as

efficiency = (mechanical work done per unit time) / (input power) , in e.g. (N.m/sec)/Watts

A good substitute for the above quantity is, based on simple formulas relating work to fan thrust and fan efflux:

efficiency = (const.) x thrust^(3/2) / (input power)

You would imagine that if somebody is really serious about designing an efficient fan they would take the time to actually do relative measurements of different designs, in order to figure out which rotor/stator design in the end is best.

Indeed that is how serious fan designers (eg WeMoTec, Daniel Schuebeler etc.) indeed do it ...

But then often a new design comes up (nowadays every other week, in some cases a copy of somebody else's rotor, with one blade added or subtracted so it don't look like a copy ) - without any clear measurements of anything.

If it is a clear shameless copy of a DS-51 fan, then it has to be as good as the DS-51, right ?

Then the relentless overhype follows ("20% more efficient than anybody elses fan'" - to the point that now the overall efficieny adds up to 110% ), and more adverts such as "best fan I ever tried in my xx" etc.

Now, the Jetfan 90 data is interesting and accurate enough to pull out :

1) the relative efficiencies of different motors in the JF

2) the very slow rise of efficiency with power/voltage

3) the large errors inherent in all these measurements

4) the wide spread in motor efficiencies (up to 31%).

Posted by Herb | Oct 02, 2011 @ 12:29 PM | 30,100 Views
Last month I had a chance, while spending some extended time in Paris for work, to visit the Air and Space Museum in Le Bourget.

The museum is located within a large airport in the Bourget suburb of Paris, and is the site the Paris Airshow (which takes place usually in June).

It has an amazing collection of - what else - French (mostly Dassault) jet aircraft, including some weird looking experimental aircraft, but also Montgolfieres, some very early 20-th century planes (Bleriot), some very nice WWII warbirds (including a FW-190A and a Spitfire Mk. IX) and two Concorde.

A Visit to Le Bourget Air and Space Museum (2011) (3 min 14 sec)

Rafale A:

Posted by Herb | Jul 24, 2011 @ 12:50 PM | 10,183 Views
I've had this Spitfire for a year and a half now, been flying it since last October 2010 ... It has become one of my frequent fliers

Initially I didn't do much to it as far as appearances, looked pretty good out of the box (my wife commented that it was my best paint job ever ) so I just flew it ... The large MiG-21 kept me busy with paint etc.

After almost a year of flying and probably 100+ flights, I decided to play around & practice with the airbrush a bit.

Posted by Herb | Apr 02, 2011 @ 12:48 PM | 87,307 Views
Started to look at the various components last week ...

This thread in German

It's a big all fg-airex-sandwich carbon composite airframe for twin 90mm fans, made by Airworld Germany;

the rest of the components, well you can guess where most of them (esc, batts) will come from ...

Edit : Me-262 flyby added March 2012 :

Me-262 Airworld (twin 90mm edf) flyby (0 min 18 sec)

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