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Old 10-31-2018, 05:21 PM
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Well, I did hear at Super Jet South last month that BVM will be selling the PNP/ JL planes bare. No details but apparently there were enough people wanting to use the equipment of their choice for BVM to start offering the option.
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Old 11-01-2018, 05:33 AM
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Well, I did hear at Super Jet South last month that BVM will be selling the PNP/ JL planes bare. No details but apparently there were enough people wanting to use the equipment of their choice for BVM to start offering the option.
I believe I'm largely responsible for that. I contacted BVM about a year ago and requested a quote for a L-39 ARF, and was told that I could order the PNP but the ARF version was not available. When I contacted JL directly they refered me to BVM who told me again that the ARF version was no longer available.

A while back when surfing the web I noticed that the European Jet Legend dealers advertise both PNP and ARF versions. I contacted the UK dealer and asked if he could sell me an L-39 ARF version. He stated that he was not allowed to ship to the US but would contact JL to see if they could help me. A few days later I got a phone call from Rob at BVM about placing an order. I told him my story and he said that he would have to check with China to see if it was OK to sell me an ARF. The end result was that they sent me a quote and I ordered an L-39 ARF.

I can understand that BVM would prefer to sell PNP versions since it's probably more profitable, but it didn't make sense that their policy should be different than JL dealers in the rest of the world. Additionally JL also makes a number of models that BVM doesn't offer as PNP, and were unavailable to US customers. Anyway I'm glad it worked out and now I can use my preferred brand of servos and valves, plumb the fuel system with real Tygon, use Viton in the tanks, and make sure that it's safety wired.

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Old 12-05-2018, 07:32 PM
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Well only took nearly 6 years but today I took delivery of my arctic camo F16.
First impressions are good, this is my first skymaster product. The bulk of my experience
has been with yellow aircraft, Carf, bvm, and tamjets kits. Everything arrived with no damage
except for the canopy glass but Dirk is already on it and working on a replacement from Skymaster.
Mine will be powered with a cheetah 140 and using Futaba 9156 and Savox 1256TG servos.
I won't do a full build thread, but will unbiasedly document the build on here.
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Old 12-05-2018, 08:41 PM
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Congrats, Wow, a 140 in one of these will be plenty.
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by dbsonic View Post
Congrats, Wow, a 140 in one of these will be plenty.
Yea I was debating on a K120 or new Jet central Lynx, but size, weight and fuel burn, are pretty comparable
to the original cheetah 140 I already have. So I will be just be responsible with the throttle.
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:19 AM
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On another note can anyone that owns or built this plane let me know how their wings look.
The manual show hatches for the aileron servos. My wings did not come like that, Ive got clean
wings with no servo hatches?????
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Old 12-06-2018, 10:58 AM
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Hi.

The servo mounts inside the wing.

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Old 12-06-2018, 11:31 AM
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Am lucrat la F16.
Încă mai am baterii, receptor și CG configurate.
Am instalat o turbină Jets Munt M100XBL.






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Old 12-06-2018, 12:21 PM
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Thank you for the pictures Dan, very nice install.
After I posted I took another look at my wing and assumed I could fit them through the wing root.
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Old 02-06-2019, 07:06 PM
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got mine last August. took about a month to get most of it done. lots of tinkering with linkages and nosegear fit. gear is g2 but airframe is g2. tail cone fit took some work. Evo 140 tubine,28X radio. 25 lb dry. had knee surgery in October so waiting for spring to maiden. my 4th F16. had Byron w dynamax, Bvm df, HSD turbine and Motion 6S. all flew great
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Old 02-09-2019, 07:23 AM
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Great to hear egldriver, any other pics of your build?
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:08 AM
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here's one of the elevators modification. opened up the bulkhead for clearance,then added a 3/16 ac ply doubler. installed the air tanks on the shelves
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:13 AM
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here's the Evo 140 installation. I may fly off our club grass runway so I went with extra thrust. can be turned up to a 180 by paying for a code to ecu
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Old 02-14-2019, 07:32 PM
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Looks great! mine is coming along slowly, Im shooting to maiden it at a jet event the last week of March.
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Old 02-14-2019, 08:20 PM
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my airframe is a gen 1 I think. my previous post said gen 2. the ab cone was out of round,so I made a lite ply bulkhead to correct. the front of the cone would only align properly at one position to fit in the fuselage
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Old 02-14-2019, 11:10 PM
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Old 04-21-2019, 09:30 AM
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Well short of tidying up a few wires/hoses and checking C.G. it’s done. Came in at 27 pounds on the dot with my 6 oz uat full and tanks dry. As I stated earlier this is my first skymaster kit. I’m happy to report over all I’m fairly happy with it.
There were some “annoyances” with the kit, but I can’t remember them all. so it goes to show those items were not a huge issue.
The issues I do recall are as follow:

When installing the stabs I made certain both links were the exact length and the servo arms on the right tooth, for some reason the stabs ended up nearly 3/4” off from each other.
long story short, the stab rods were not “clocked” exactly the same at the factory. So the flat spot on the rod the aluminum horn clamps around were not in the exact same position thus leading to the difference on the stabs. A friend recommended I move 1 tooth on each servo In opposite directions to compensate and maintain the same radius along the servo travel. This worked out great.

The tanks didnt fit very well, they would not slide into the fuselage all the way as intended. After some trimming I was able to make them work but not as intended.
It should be a non issue though, just shorted me out of some space along the turbine rails.

There is no hardwood block to glue the aileron horns into.
just basically the 1/4” or so wide aileron spar. I ended up just packing in excesive amounts of hysol to tie the horn into the surrounding wood and aileron skin. It’s very secure and will not fail but it would be so easy for the factory to just install a small hardwood block.

There were definitely other small things but those are the only big ones I recall, and none of them are by any means showstoppers. Like other people have mentioned they are about 90% of the way to just hitting a home run with this kit, but these little issues hold them back. Considering this kit was almost $4k including shipping to me I think it’s slightly overpriced considering the issues I had to work out.

That being said I’m not unhappy, the fit and finish is quite nice, the gear functions well and seems quite sturdy, the construction was clean and neat, no upside down decals on mine, and the size is ideal.

A lot of people seem to be on the fence with this jet, I can honestly say if you are ok with these issue then go for it. Once the airplane is flying, and I’m sure it will fly great, these issues will be long forgotten about, and you should be left with a great flying reliable jet.
Not sure when I will get around to the maiden, I’m sure it will be a non event though.






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Old 04-21-2019, 09:52 AM
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I don't know Joseph, the doggy looks unimpressed! :-) . Just kidding. It looks good. Good luck with the maiden.
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Originally Posted by Afterburners View Post
I don't know Joseph, the doggy looks unimpressed! :-) . Just kidding. It looks good. Good luck with the maiden.
lol she’s 12 years old, the only things that impress her is food and sleep. She barely moved from that spot when I fired the engine up. 😂
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Originally Posted by Dieselman1220 View Post

lol she’s 12 years old, the only things that impress her is food and sleep. She barely moved from that spot when I fired the engine up. 😂
Gotcha. I had a Lab. They're great dogs.
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got the maiden flight plus one last week at Kentucky Jets. flys great. video on utube Lynn Elston channel. face book Rendlakerc
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