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Yardbird RC YB-22 Park Jet Review

In this review, PJ Horne takes you up close, and personal with the electric, profile foam jet, the YardBird RC YB-22!

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Introduction


Wingspan:24"
Weight:12.5 oz.
Length:34.5"
Servos:2x Hitec HS-55
Transmitter:Futaba 7C
Receiver:Hitec Electron 6
Battery:Dualsky 25c 3s(11.1v) 1300mah
Motor:Motrolfly USA DM2210 1700kv
ESC:Motrolfly USA FM20A
Prop:APC 7x5
Manufacturer:YardBird RC
Available From:YardBird RC
Retail Price:$49.99

Released in January 2003, the F-22 Raptor is an American fighter aircraft that utilizes stealth technology. It is an air superiority fighter, but is equipped for ground attack, electronic warfare and signals intelligence roles as well. The United States Air Force considers the F-22 a critical component of the US strike force.

The F-22 is claimed by several sources to be the world’s most effective air superiority fighter. The US Air Force claims that the F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.

The F-22 Raptor is a favorite for many, but with its $137,000,000 price tag, it is not something everyone can own. Now you can thanks to YardBird RC! Whether you have the need for speed, or just want a nice, stable plane that is great for everyday flying at the park, the YB-22 is the plane for you!

Kit Contents

The plane arrived double boxed, and very well packaged. When I first opened the box I was very impressed. I expected metal rods, but was I wrong! I think was the first foam plane I have received that had NO warped parts!

Kit Includes:

  • Depron airframe
  • Carbon spars, and pushrods
  • Control horns
  • Instruction manual
  • Motor Mount
  • Decal sheet

Kit Requires

  • Brushless motor
  • Brushless 20A ESC
  • Two HS-55 servos
  • Elevon capable transmitter with a minimum of 4 ch
  • 4ch Receiver
  • 3s(11.1v) 1300mah Li-Po battery
  • X-Acto knife
  • Foam safe glue
  • Propeller
  • CA hinges

Assembly

This is the simplest and fastest kit I have ever built. The included manual is very clear and has plenty of pictures!

The manual first says to cut off all the little tabs from the foam.

Fuselage/Wing

The vertical foam pieces of the fuse ARE supposed to stick out further than the horizontal fuse piece.

Tail

The manual says to use 6 of the included CA hinges on each elevon, but it does not need near that many and could stress out the servos as well, so I used 4 instead.

Electronics

 Motrolfly USA DM2210 Specs
Motrolfly USA DM2210 Specs
Type: Brushless Outrunner
RPM/Volt (Kv): 1700
Resistance (Ri): 0.062 Ohms
Non-Load Current (Io): 1.6m Amps
Prop Range: 6x6 to 9x4.7
Nominal Power: 160w
Battery: 2s-3s Li-Po
Efficiency: 79.8%
Weight: 43 grams
Maximum Burst Current: 20A

Motor, and ESC supplied by MotrolFly USA, a Motrolfly exclusive USA distributor.

The electronics installation could not have been easier. There are only two servos to hook up, cutting way down on the build time. Make sure to secure all the wires inside the hatch so they will not dangle into the prop when you take off. I used a Hitec Electron 6, but you only need a 4 channel receiver.

 Hitec HS-55 Specs
Hitec HS-55 Specs
Type Sub-Micro Servo
Operating Speed 0.17 sec/60°
Stall Torque 15.27 oz-in.
Weight 0.28oz (8g)
Dimensions 0.89" x 0.45"x 0.94"
Connector Wire Length6.29"
Gear TypeAll Nylon
Operating Voltage4.8-6.0 Volts

Completion

My total flying weight came out to right about 12.5 oz. RTF, and flight times are around 9-10 minutes depending on throttle usage.

Control throw setup

High Rates UpHigh Rates Down
Left Elevon 35 degrees 33 degrees
Right Elevon 35 degrees 33 degrees

Flying

Basics

This plane flies VERY well, and is probably the most stable plane I have ever flown. There is ZERO wing rock, either upright and inverted. It is capable of very fast speeds, but can slow down to a crawl when you want it to. It sounds good too!

Taking Off and Landing

The YB-22 must be hand launched. Unlike most jets, you do not have to throw it: just give it about 50% throttle, and let 'er go! Since it does not have landing gear, you have to belly land it, but it is a very easy plane to land. It is best to land in grass if possible.

Aerobatics/Special Flight Performance

Loops, rolls, inverted flight, harriers, and inverted harriers are what this plane does best. High speed passes are awesome! Make sure you have plenty of speed when you pull out loops. If you don’t have enough speed, it will go into a spin.

Is This For a Beginner?

No! While the YB-22 is very easy to fly, I would not recommend it as a first plane. It would be a good third of fourth aileron plane, though.

Flight Video/Photo Gallery

Downloads

Conclusion

I HIGHLY recommend this plane! It is flies great and is sturdy too.

Pluses

Very clear, and easy to follow instruction manual

  • Fast build
  • Top notch hardware
  • Easy to fly
  • Very stable flyer

Minuses

None noted

Last edited by Angela H; Jan 23, 2008 at 08:21 PM..
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Old Jan 23, 2008, 08:45 PM
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Great review Edge! Nice flying too!
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wow, i was thinking if getting a foam jet someday, this will be perfect, where did you get it?
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I've been flying mine for about 4-5 months with the same setup as listed above, and I love it !!! Looks awesome in the air and sounds really cool too.
Very good review.
Old Jan 24, 2008, 12:17 AM
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If you set it up with 4 controll surfaces like the shockflyer su27 it handles much better and the barrel rolls are blistering. My neighbor has one and it flys awsome with the 4 controlls. He can hover and just start to barrel roll in place!!! Pretty sweet for a jet. It looks faster in the Yardbird RC video than it really is but I'd say it goes about 50mph 60 tops with the Dual Sky 12t and 7x5 apc.
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I forgot to mention this plane can slow way down. You can slow down enough to touch and go and accelerate straight up as high as you want.
Old Jan 24, 2008, 12:38 AM
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Thanks for doing a fine review for all us wanta-be jet jockeys.
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dear edge

looks great how did you like that motor combo i put together for rick at www.yardbirdrc.com we love the Motrolfly USA DM2210-1700kv with the FM20 esc . they work well together.


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Nice review PJ!
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dear edge

looks great how did you like that motor combo i put together for rick at www.yardbirdrc.com we love the Motrolfly USA DM2210-1700kv with the FM20 esc . they work well together.


scott
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Scott, this combo is awsome! It is a perfect match for this plane.

Thanks!
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Nice review PJ!
Thanks Ronnie!
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Nice review,

I've been flying mine for a month or so now... nothing but good things for this one. Reliable and EASSSSY is the two words that come to mind. I can't believe how easy the launches are... in all honesty, I actually land multiple times throughout a flight JUST to hold it in my hand and take off again.

Thanks YB RC.

-Chris
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Nice review,

I've been flying mine for a month or so now... nothing but good things for this one. Reliable and EASSSSY is the two words that come to mind. I can't believe how easy the launches are... in all honesty, I actually land multiple times throughout a flight JUST to hold it in my hand and take off again.

Thanks YB RC.

-Chris
Blaze!

WOW surprised you bought one of this! I guess your $50 foamy rule has a loophole for kick butt planes!

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