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Oct 21, 2004, 09:55 PM
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Buying my first ducted fan jet..which one?

I am looking at hobby lobbies ducted fan jets....I would like one which is easy to build and fly...I know hard to find......I was looking at the F16 and Alfa mig....I am going brushless no matter what.....
I have flown...(Slowstick, Me 109, Small flying wing (25 inch), Large flying wing)....
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Oct 21, 2004, 11:08 PM
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Check out the on-going thread on the Alpha Mig. From the reports there, it seems like a great airplane. I's chose it over the F-16. The Flying Styro F-16 takes alot of work to set it up. There are several threads here in the jet forums by those who have successfully flown it. Seems to fly very well on a Wemotec Microfan, Brushless motor and LiPos, but it's not a first time jet builder's project.

Another great first EDF is the Kyosho T-33 modified to brushless power. They're getting kinda hard to find now, but still pop up here and on e-bay occasionally. I love the way mine flies. Not a speed demon, but very pleasant flying and realistic looking.

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Oct 21, 2004, 11:21 PM
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Welcome to the jet forum first off.

depending on your budget, how fast you want to fly, and ease of building, you didn't say if you wanted a balsa, FG, or foam jet, there are several choices to make. I'd do a lot of reading in the forum here first before deciding on anything.

The Flying Styro F-16 is a nice little jet, I have one waiting for me to build over the winter, runs best with a mini-fan and Astro or Razor motor set-up, but requires a "cheater hole" to allow enough air to get to the fan.

I don't know too much about the Alfa Mig, l've seen video's of it flying, again read the threads in the forum to get a better idea of it.

One jet that I have my eye on is a Wattage S-3 Viking twin edf. Nice stable plane to fly, and it doesn't cost a fortune to get up in the air LOL.

For all out balls-to-the-wall speed, take a look at a Jepe F-16 it's not cheap, nor for the faint of heart, but it's a screamer!!!

Another possibility is the Planes From RBC Kits and HET-RC these are a little tougher to build, and most require a bungee launch, but there all great performers.


I'm sure there are plenty more, but I just can't think of them off the top of my head lol
I'm sure others will chime in and add some of their favorite sites and opinions too.

Best of luck, and let us know what you decide.

Tom - Milwaukee

P.S. don't over look Ebay, there are a lot of jet kits sold there, and its a fantastic source for parts too, sometimes you can find a fantastic deal.
Oct 21, 2004, 11:50 PM
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I'm sure there are plenty more, but I just can't think of them off the top of my head lol

I almost forgot, don't overlook the GWS A-10. Since it was upgraded to EDF-55's, it's become a nice little airplane, especially if you replace the Speed 300's with HiMaxx brushless motors.


Sigh, So many jets, so little time.
Oct 22, 2004, 12:07 AM
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ALFA MIG.. I have built one and WOW!
Oct 22, 2004, 01:58 AM
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I have the Alpha Huck, and saw the Alpha Mig-15 also on duty, I would not recommend as a beginners edf bird.

The RBC YAK-23 or LIP-20 is much easier to fly for first edf try!

Oct 22, 2004, 03:40 AM
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I've just started the RBC A4 Skyhawk as my first edf.It's a very nice kit,with lots of building to pass the uk winter
Oct 22, 2004, 04:54 AM
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RBCkits don't need the complete winter time! In 4 month you can build them all!

My RBC Blohm+Voss, I made the maiden at 1. of January 2004 after 10 days building period. The yak-23 I finished after 1 week ......

Oct 22, 2004, 10:39 AM
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Good stuff guys....I like to fly fast..but also scale...I have a unicorn Juiced up to 80mph......
Here is what I want...
1. Nothing to expensive but I will pay the extra for a nice jet.
2. One that glides very must be light but can really haul (Speed wise)!!!
3. I would love one which takes off right from grass..but that is hard to find..I do not want one in which I have to launch it...I would rather hand toss it...
4. Nice flight times.....Poly battery with brushless motor.....
S-3 = What website???
Thanks guys
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Oct 22, 2004, 11:13 AM
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Check out the F/A-18 from warbirds rc it's an arf and does what your asking for.
Oct 22, 2004, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by thor4944
S-3 = What website???
Thanks guys

Here is all of EAM's EDF Jets (Quite a large list too) , there are 2 S-3 Vikings listed one for Wattage and one for EAM (there own design I guess w/2 GWS EDF's)

Here is a video of one by JiminKentucky who has modified his with EDF 64's and Himax brushless motors.
Oct 22, 2004, 01:02 PM
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I am still going to go with the Alfa. It Fits all of your Criteria.

Oct 22, 2004, 03:49 PM
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Another suggestion; if you're not looking for scale, consider the Wattage Turbo Vector. As an introduction to EDF it's pretty good.

Souped up on 3S Lithium and a Himax 2025-4200 (or the E-flite clone) it moves along very nicely, and has excellent energy retention (meaning it glides really well).

It's pretty easy to build, and being cheap and somewhat ugly you're not going to be heartbroken if you destroy it...

The Turbo Hawk has many of the same virtues, erring on the side of being even uglier (IMO 8).

= Mike
Oct 22, 2004, 05:04 PM
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Oct 22, 2004, 09:39 PM
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I have the KAVAN he 163.

it was my first airplane. fairly stable and forgiving w/o wind.
if there is wind it can be difficult.
I flew on the stock setup and it was OK, went brushless last week and love it.

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