I "stepped up" to this F-16 from a 90mm EDF version. Just when you thought these models can't get any better, this one comes along. At 1/8 scale, it's a nice size as well.
First, it screws together. So not only does this make for a quick build, but you could also break it back down for transport or storage.
The gear is beautiful, especially the 90° rotating nose gear...and the locking servos ensure it won't fold up on you. The hydraulic gear keeps it planted on landing since the spring rebound is dampened. The gear is mounted with machine screws into metal fasteners molded into the gear mount, which is molded into and glued to the foam. Overall, the gear design is stronger than any other foam EDF I've owned...and that's important to me since I fly off grass.
As with the three other foam EDF F-16s I've owned, power is good but could be better. It feels comfortable for me and flies well at 75% throttle or more. With 5500/70C batteries, I'm getting right at 3 minutes of flight time from takeoff roll to touchdown, with average cell voltage at 3.78v.
The best thing about this jet, it is the easiest landing F-16 I've ever flown, granted you have the CG between 175-178mm. Get it lined up on final, ease back on the throttle until it settles into a high AOA and fly it in.
I've been very happy with this purchase and definitely recommend this jet to anyone wanting to get into bigger EDFs. Additionally, I see it as a great stepping stone to HSD's turbine version.
3/29/2018 7:37 PM
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