RE: Bob Cat Copy Falcon 120 Jet
Sorry, I didnt see your question regarding the differences of the recent Falcon 120 verses that one I bought a year ago..
Initially, I thought they had applied a cheaper covering. It is different as your can see the wood of the model thru the covering. Different brand? lighter weight? The quality of the application is as good as I have ever seen from an ARF. No wrinkles anywhere, no loose edges, perfect, better than my older falcon. Does anyone know what brand of covering they used?
The paint on the fuse is a lot thinner and very poor in places. Especially near the wing root and the bottom of the aft fuse. I dont think they even sanded this area before painting. There are no orange and blue stripes on the botton of the fuse. In normal indoor lighting, you can see the formers thru the side of the fuse. The fuse is a lot lighter as a result but the paint is so thin that it has already cracked in places.
The airfame has been lightened. The old Falcon had solid rudders and wing root ribs, the new one has lightning holes. I dont know where else they used lighter structure but another example is the former in the booms between the blind nut plates. this former in the old falcon was 1/4" thick, the new one is 1/16 or 3/32. There are four bolts to attach the wings on the new one verses 2 on the old one. The wing tubes are chrome plated on the new ones, (thank you) now you dont get black crap all over your hands and airplane from handling the aluminum tube.
The nylon wing bolts are a LOT better quailty than on the preveious one. I will use these rather than beating out blind nuts to install 1/4-20 as I did on the last one. Wheels/tires are different. More tire, less wheel now.
The 2 bolts that attach the stab are smaller. The formers were not glued in any better than on the last one. This is a good thing for turbine converters.
The leading edge of the wing, at the root, mates up nicely with the fuse on the new one, the wing is 1/4 inch back on the old one. the flaps on the new one are straight at the trailing edge. they mate up pefectly with the wing, not the case on the last one. Too bad, I wont be using them on this one.
That's all I see at this point. I got two this time, the other has an orange canopy frame instead of red, other than that, I havent looked at it much.