Hobby Lobby FMS003
F-4 Phantom ARF Military Scale R/C Jet comes with a 70mm ducted
fan unit, powerful outrunner motor, 5-servos, and a 4-cell LiPo
pack! This all-molded foam airplane comes completely painted in
an attractive matte finish with waterslide decals already applied.
70mm fan with brushless outrunner motor is pre-installed, as is
the 45A brushless speed control. The EDF jet has 5 pre-installed
servos to control ailerons, elevators, and nose wheel steering.
Landing gear is fixed but can be easily removed for hand launching.
Battery changes are made quick by simply removing the canopy that
is held in place with magnets. The jet is large enough for good
visibility in flight, yet is easily transported.
thrust from the 70mm fan with the included 4cell 2100mAh LiPo
battery will quickly accelerate the F-4 into the air. The climb
out is steep and the speed impressive. The full scale Phantom
had the glide angle of a brick but this lighter model displays
much more pilot- friendly manners. Due to its light weight the
F-4 will slow down nicely and retain its good flying characteristics.
Flight times are about five minutes on a charge.
model only requires a 4-channel radio system.
Wing Area: 250 sq. in.
Flying Weight: 34 oz.
EDF: 70mm (included)
Motor: Outrunner (included)
ESC: 45A (included)
Servos: 5 (included)
Battery: 4-cell 2100mAh LiPo (included)
parts are all wrapped in plastic and nicely protected in a custom
box designed for the F-4 Phantom. My initial impression was that
there were very few parts in the box so I knew the model was highly
pre-assembled and almost ready to fly. When I removed the plastic
from the fuselage and wing halves, it revealed the impressive
amount of detail designed into the finish.
the battery pack came with a Dean's Ultra connector already soldered
in place! The 9-page manual had clear glossy photos and was written
by Hobby Lobby.
closer look at the fuselage reveals the high level of detail and
pre-assembly. All the servos are installed and the ESC connector
is already soldered on. The steerable nose gear is ready to accept
the pre-assembled wire and wheel. The aileron servos are pre-mounted
and the elevator is completely ready to go!
top of the fuselage has a hidden hatch that is held in place by
magnets. This provides easy access to the ESC and wire harness.
isn't much to assemble on this model so it will be quick and easy.
The assembly starts by gluing the nose in place and then the two
wing halves. I used the supplied foam-safe clear glue and then
later added a thin coating of 20-minute epoxy around the wing
joints. My plan was to also spray the jet with some clear water-based
Polycrylic from Minwax when the assembly was finished.
gear mains pressed into position and were held in place by plastic
snaps. No tools needed!
nose wheel was secured by tightening the set screw onto the flat
spot of the gear wire with the supplied hex wrench. I added a
small amount of thread locker to the screw to keep it secure.
Receiver & Vertical Stabilizer Installation:
used a Spektrum AR6100
receiver and tested the control surfaces out along with the power
system. Everything worked fine so I aligned each surface and then
set up my high/low rates with exponential. The AR6100 receiver
fit perfectly against the side wall. Note that the 4-cell LiPo
battery has a custom bay already built in place so it cannot move
vertical stabilizer just pressed into place after applying glue
to both the fuselage and stab.
F-4 Phantom II was ready to fly at 34oz (2.13lbs). I measured
475 watts at 33 amps which provides a good to great 223w/lb EDF
manual calls for the CG to be 165mm ( 6-3/8" ) back from
the wing leading edge but I measured 150mm on mine. This may be
another change for the new batch of models as it should provide
better stability for most pilots.
I sprayed the entire model with clear water-based Polycrylic from
Minwax. It will help protect the decals and prevent light scratches
in the foam.
Test Flying / Summary
test flew the F-4 Phantom II on a relatively warm day in March.
It was sunny with a temperature around 40 degrees F and the
wind was about 10mph. As expected, the F-4 flew great! After
the first take-off and trimming, the second take-off did not
even require any up elevator on the pavement.
F-4 is quite fast and the balance appeared to be perfect. The
scale EDF jet can loop from level flight and roll with ease.
were a bit short at only 4 to 5 minutes but we also flew with
plenty of full throttle. When landing, the F-4 really likes
to glide so we used plenty of road on the first touch down.
The steerable nose wheel was a great feature for take-offs,
but without a rudder, you need to make certain you are lined
up properly on approach. I don't think the F-4 will have any
problems taking off from short grass or launching with a hand-toss.
F-4 colors make it difficult to see in the air and it gave our
cameras plenty of problems during the video filming and photography.
The white ailerons allow the pilot to keep track of the F-4
and provide sufficient orientation during flight.
I rate this EDF model very highly. It has great scale looks
and performance. The assembly is easy enough for a beginner
but requires intermediate to advanced flying skills. Access
to the electric components is made easy through magnetic hatches
and the landing gear can be quickly removed, if desired for
grass landings. This receiver-ready jet has a tough finish that
is hard to scratch so it will keep looking great for many exciting
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