F. 16. 80. Millimeter edf. This is a really nice looking model. The finish on. It is fantastic it’s super smooth, it flies great, comes with scale, landing gear, all metal and then you’ve got the full assortment of stores as well. It’S been a really fun airplane to be able to have in the field. The interesting thing about it is you’ve got a nice large battery bay area in the front, and so you can fly from. You know a 5000 on up to a 7 000. If you really want to i’m flying mostly with the 7000, because i like the flight times now in terms of the assembly itself, this is an extremely quick assembly. It starts with the horizontal tails you insert the shaft into the fuselage and then those are held in place by a single screw each and then, of course, you hook up your push rods, and i do want to note it does have a traditional push. Rod on the elevators versus what you may have seen with the f 18, so be aware of that. I know that will be a question that does come up and then from there the wings slide on there’s, actually two spars in here and then those wings are held in place by two screws, each and then once that’s in there onto the vertical stabilizer. Now the airplane comes with a four different marking sets that you can apply uh and it’s mostly gets applied onto the tail.
I opted for the toledo stingers scheme, which i think looks really cool on the airplane. They’Ve done a fantastic job of matching the colors on the airframe with the stickers, but when you’re placing those stickers down, i want to mention that if you spray windex down on the surface first, that gives you time to move the sticker and place it where it Needs to be before it sticks onto the surface, so once you’ve placed it where you want, you squeegee out the excess windex clean it up with a paper towel and then, as that evaporates underneath that sticker will adhere to the surface. It makes it really easy to uh place them and not have to stress too much about whether you or not you get it perfect. The first time i put that sticker on before installing the tail once it goes on just dissolves, with two screws at the base of the tail uh and so yeah, that is the heart of the assembly. Now on the bench, the airplane really looks fantastic, they’ve, characterized. The shape perfectly and you’ve also got a full assortment of navigation lights in the airframe. You’Ve got the weapons, of course, as well as the scale landing gear. Now the gear are all metal, they’re shock absorbing, and so they really look fantastic and the retraction of them is really awesome to watch. The paint work is really good. The colors are are decently accurate. They look good on the airframe and so yeah it’s, a really nice looking f 16 in terms of the scale it’s just a shade under one tenth scale and in terms of the free wing in comparison it’s only about an inch or two shorter, so it’s, a Very similar size, one of the things i want to mention is you’ve – got a nice big battery bay in here and that’s all lined with plastic all around.
So that means over time that’s going to hold up extremely well. Also, i did one modification and that is to install one of my center burner simulated afterburner systems. This is the 32 millimeter in runner design and that fits right onto the stock motor according to the instructions there’s going to be an optional afterburner ring available for specifically for this model. As a result, there’s a pre installed servo extension wire in the fuselage, so that made the installation of the center burner extremely simple, and so you know you put the center burner onto the fan. Reconnect your speed controller plug in the center burner into that servo extension and then, on the other end plug in the controller uh and then hook that up to the radio. I do recommend just for simplicity, using the spare channel to set up that center burner uh in this model. So, with respect to the controls uh through flying the airplane, i found that i actually wanted high rates all around, which is a hundred percent on everything uh, and so those rates equate to for the aileron 15 millimeters up and down with 10 expo for the elevators 30 millimeters up and 25 millimeters down with 10 expo. And i want to mention that, in terms of the neutral point for the elevator i’m at about 23 millimeters, as measured from the top of the fuselage down to the leading edge of the tail. And then for the rudder, 23 millimeters left to right with 15 percent expo there, and one other thing that i did explore with the airplane is flapperons.
So to do that uh, the the ailerons come into the fuselage and are connected by a y harness. So if you unplug one of those ailerons and plug it into the spare channel in the receiver, then set up flapperons in your configuration in the radio, then you can very easily set up flapperons on the model, now keep in mind. By doing it. That way, only one of the ailerons will respond to the as3x, but i’ve flown the airplane, a bunch it didn’t have any issues at all with the flat bronze doing it. That way, i set it up for four millimeters mid and nine millimeters full uh with no elevator mix required there, but i have 60 percent aileron differential, which means that they will travel further, going trailing edge up versus trailing edge down, which is kind of what you Want for a flapron setup, like that, i found that it was, did help push the nose down a little bit on the landings and helped make it a little bit more floatier. Something to try and – and i i liked it, but it just didn’t work as well. When it was bumpy out so with respect to the cg, i found that the cg location recommended in the manual was pretty far forward. Ultimately, i moved it aft and i’m at about 105 millimeters, as measured from the wing root leading edge aft, and so, as i mentioned earlier, i’ve flown with five thousand packs sixty to fifty packs, seven thousands uh and in order to get that cg location with the 7000, i did have to add an ounce of tail weight in the back, but i did find by moving the cg further back that the high alpha was quite a bit easier.
I could crank full up, elevator and modulate the throttle and the airplane would sit there. Happily, otherwise, it was a little bit tougher with the cg further forward and also i found that it did tend to land better as well with that cg further back now, as mentioned i’ve flown the airplane with a 5000 a 6250 or 7000 the 5000. I get about three and a half minutes, not really any more than that uh with the 7000. I can easily get four to five minutes flight time. Out of the airframe really depends how hard you want to fly it, but that 5000 is fun for the vertical performance. You can go pretty much straight up from takeoff, but the 7000 does have the edge on the straight line. Speed flying the airplane. It flies fantastically. It’S extremely nimble in the air like a true, f, 16 uh it’ll do any number of aerobatics anything the full size can do. It can do and so it’s a lot of fun to fly in that respect, uh and so nice axial rolls nice big verticals. The speed is fantastic. I was really impressed by the performance of the airplane, not really knowing what to expect. You know an f 16 kind of blends, the best of a traditional airplane with a delta, and so you can do all of those high alpha maneuvers uh, but it still maneuvers around in the rolls and and the verticals and such kind of look more like a Traditional airplane, the other thing is, you know the sound.
The installation is such that that fan noise that you get sounds extremely authentic in flight it’s really awesome. Lastly, flying the airplane with the weapons it does slow down the top end speed a bit. It looks awesome. Uh, but you know it is definitely more draggy. Interestingly enough, though, i found that the airplane actually landed a little bit better uh with the full stores it tended to slow down a little bit better uh with all of that on there all right, let’s, take this out to the field. We’Ll give you guys two flights: uh first flight will be clean, no weapons at all uh and then the second flight will be fully loaded for bear uh all the weapons it can handle uh and then we’ll come back and we’ll wrap this up: Music, Music, Music Applause, Music Applause. Did you ever hear it? Music go by Music? Oh so, Music, Applause, Music, me Music! So all right guys! There we have the e flight f: 16 80 millimeter edf such an impressive airframe it’s a great size for an 80 millimeter uh. You can carry any myriad of battery packs in it depending on the flight times you want to get. You know that may dictate uh, the pack that you want to use and one thing to keep in mind. The tires are pretty small, and so grass operations may be a challenge depending on how thick the grass is you’re operating from. I can’t speak to that personally, just because we have all concrete out here in california, but that being said, if you add in the flapper ons that does help shorten the takeoff and help get off of the grass from what i have seen that’s it for this Video guys thanks so much for watching don’t forget to follow along on social media at the rc geeks subscribe and until next time i’ll see you at the field bonus flight 5000 pack got it about here.