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    Contributed by: Greg Covey | Published: January 2010 | Views: 58862 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    ParkZone Bf-109G BNF

    Review by: Greg Covey
    Flying Photos: "Papa Jeff" Ring
    Video Pilot: Devin McGrath


    Distributed Exclusively in the U.S.A. by:


    Horizon Hobby, Inc
    4105 Fieldstone Road
    Champaign, IL 61822
    Ph: (800) 338-4639
    Toll Free: (800) 338-4639
    Fax: (217) 352-6799
    www.horizonhobby.com



    Complete BNF Kit
    Minor Assembly Required
    Power System Installed
    Battery and Charger Included
    Superb Flying Performance
    Binds to any DSM2 Transmitter
    Made from Durable and Lightweight Z-Foam?
    Spare Parts Available


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    ParkZone Messerschmitt Bf-109G BNF

    ParkZone® has recreated the thrill of flying the Messerschmitt Bf-109G on a smaller parkflyer scale with this fully-aerobatic, brushless-powered Bind-N-Fly? (BNF) reproduction. The ParkZone® Messerschmitt Bf-109G (PKZ4980) comes out of the box with a realistic Luftwaffe paint scheme inspired by the markings of a Bf-109 flown by Erich Hartmann?Germany?s leading WWII ace. Other scale touches include landing gear doors, exhaust stacks, gun ports and a port-side supercharger intake. Charge-and-Fly? convenience, outstanding flight performance and beautiful scale detail?with the ParkZone Messerschmitt Bf-109G, you get it all.

    This 4-channel Bf-109G BNF model already has the 3-wire servos, a ParkZone 15-size low Kv outrunner brushless motor, an E-flite® 30A brushless ESC, a 3-cell 1800mAh Li-Po battery pack, and a Spektrum? DSM2? full range AR500 receiver installed. It also comes complete with molded servo pockets for optional flaps. The assembly can literally be finished in the time it takes to charge the battery!

    Specifications:

    • Wingspan: 43.5 in (1105mm)
    • Overall Length: 39.4 in (1000mm)
    • Flying Weight: 35.3 oz (1000 g)
    • Motor Size: 15-size 720Kv brushless (installed)
    • Speed Control : EFL 30A Switch-Mode BEC BL (installed)
    • Spektrum AR500 DSM2 5-channel sport receiver (installed)
    • Recommended Battery: 11.1V 3S 1800mAh 11.1V Lithium Polymer (included)
    • Charger: DC-powered 2-3 cell variable rate Li-Po balancing (included)
    • Landing Gear: Fixed main LG with steerable tail wheel (included)
    • PZ Bf-109 Manual (1.2Meg PDF)

    Key Features:

    • Full 4-channel control ? throttle, aileron, elevator and rudder
    • Molded servo pockets for optional flaps
    • 3-blade prop and spinner with 2-blade spinner option
    • Scale landing gear
    • Historic trim scheme inspired by Erich Hartmann, Germany's leading WWII ace
    • Requires a full range Spektrum? DSM2? aircraft transmitter (sold separately)
    • Steerable tail wheel installed
    • Durable and lightweight Z-Foam? construction
    • Dual aileron servos for precise control

    BNF Contents:

    The ParkZone Messerschmitt Bf-109G BNF comes well packaged and protected. The Bind-N-Fly version includes everything you need except for a full range Spektrum? DSM2? aircraft transmitter. The one-piece wing has the aileron servos and linkage pre-installed and contains molded servo pockets for optional flaps. Flap Hardware Set (PKZ4921) and DSV130 3-Wire Digital Metal Gear Servos (PKZ1090) sold separately as optional items.

    The horizontal stabs have the control horns pre-installed. A 3-blade prop, spinner, adapter, and gear mains are all included. A 3-cell 1800mAh Li-Po battery pack and 2 to 3 cell lithium polymer battery charger are also included. The PKZ1040 charger automatically detects incorrect cell count selection and has a variable controlled charge rate from 300mAh to 2000mAh. The 12v power adapter input cord is meant to plug into your car's accessory power receptacle.

     

    A Quick Start Guide and 22-page manual are loaded with photos and step-by-step instructions to help you ready the Bf-109G for flight. I found that I needed to look at the details in the manual to complete some of the assembly. The E-flite 30A Pro Switch-Mode Brushless ESC manual is also included and the ESC Notice simply lets you know that no programming changes are needed.

     

    A closer look at the fuselage reveals some incredible detail and pre-assembly. The ParkZone® Messerschmitt Bf-109G comes out of the box with a realistic Luftwaffe paint scheme. Scale touches include realistic exhaust stacks, molded panel lines and a port-side supercharger intake. Even the pilot comes painted with five colors! The detailing and tough finish of the ParkZone Messerschmitt BF 109G is characteristic of its Z-Foam? design. Even from a short distance, you can't tell that it is a foam model.

     

    The servos, pushrods, and control horns are all pre-installed. The motor and cowl come already mounted and wired. You only need to mount the included prop and spinner.

    This 4-channel Bf-109G BNF model already has the 3-wire servos, a ParkZone 15-size low Kv outrunner brushless motor, an E-flite® 30A brushless ESC, a 3-cell 1800mAh Li-Po battery pack, and a Spektrum? DSM2? full range AR500 receiver installed. The canopy has two prongs in front for automatic alignment and a strong magnet in the back to keep it secure during flight.

     

    Assembly:

    I started the assembly by using the Quick Start Guide. The order is slightly different from the manual but it doesn't really matter. At this time, you can also start charging your flight battery using the supplied balancing charger. Just plug the battery balance lead into the charger, select 3-cell on the slide switch, turn the dial to around a 1.5A charge rate, and press the start button.

    The horizontal stabilizer is supported by a joiner rod and then guided into the plastic forms on the vertical stabilizer. The stabs are held in place using the supplied tape pieces on both top and bottom sides.

    The pushrod is connected to the control horn and secured with the rubber keeper. I used the hole next to the outer most hole on the control horn.

    The wing is attached next using a single screw to secure it. The aileron leads are fed through the fuselage first so be sure that they will not become pinched in between the wing and the fuselage. Note that the two locator pins on the front of the wing provide perfect alignment and the wing is correctly installed when no gap exists between the wing and the fillet.

    The aileron servo leads can be neatly tucked into the recess below the battery compartment. The battery is then secured in place with a hook and loop strap.

    The landing gear can be easily installed or removed depending upon your preference. After inserting the end into the locator hole, the gear swivels toward the retaining clips to get locked in place. When the gear mains are properly installed, since there is a left and right bend in the two mains, they will angle forward towards the nose of the plane.

    The 3-blade prop, adapter, and spinner installed easily and were a perfect fit. After first pressing the adapter and prop into place, the aluminum hex nut is threaded onto the collet adapter and tightened with a wrench. The spinner is keyed into the backplate so make sure that the prop blades are centered in the cutouts before screwing the spinner in place.

    A 2-bladed spinner option (PKZ4908) is available for use with an APC 12x12 e-prop. I did not see the need for this option and prefer the scale look of the 3-blade prop. Once you see the BF-109G in action in the video, you will see that it has plenty of power using the 3-blade prop.

    Final Assembly: After binding the receiver to your transmitter, check the control surface directions, travel amount, and CG per the manual directions. The CG is located 2-3/8" from the leading edge at the "D" shaped indentation closest to the landing gear wheel bump. I put my pack as far forward as possible in the tray indentation and had no issues. It looks like you can move the pack about 1/2" to fine tune the CG.

    I set the throws on my Spektrum DX6i transmitter using the high and low rates recommended in Step 9 of the manual. I also added 30% expo to the elevator and aileron settings. I usually don't add any expo on the rudder.

    Note that a Swastika Decal (PKZ4930) is also available for an added scale touch on the tail.

    Test Flying:

     

    My ParkZone Bf-109G was Ready-To-Fly in no time at all. It weighed about 35oz and the power level felt very strong. I did not measure the power level due to the type of battery connector used.

    For our ParkZone Bf-109G flight testing, the weather was sunny but it was a cool 51 degrees F outside with winds blowing from 10mph to 20mph. Not great conditions for test flying a parkflyer model but it flew well with plenty of power. Team JR's, Devin McGrath, put the Bf-109 through a series of maneuvers to test its agility and power. Flight times were about 10 minutes. We tested both a hand-toss and gear take-off on video all on the same battery charge.

     

    Download and Watch in Windows Media Player here! (18.8 MB)

     

    In the video, I call the model an Me-109. Originally the aircraft was designated as Bf 109 by Reichsluftfahrtministerium (German Aviation Ministry, RLM), since the design was submitted by the Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (literally "Bavarian Aircraft Factory") company. However, the company was renamed Messerschmitt AG after July 1938 when Erhard Milch finally allowed Willy Messerschmitt to acquire the company. Subsequently, all Messerschmitt aircraft that originated after that date, such as the Me 210, were to carry the "Me" designation. Despite regulations by the RLM, wartime documents from Messerschmitt AG, RLM and Luftwaffe loss and strength reports continued to use both designations, sometimes even on the same page.

    For more history on the Messerschmitt Bf-109, go here.

    After more test flying on the Bf-109, we had a chance to fly it with and without the gear mains. They seemed to work fine on grass. The gear look good on the ground and take-offs but I prefer to hand-toss the plane and fly it without gear. The gear main covers may affect flight if they are not installed properly. Fortunately, they snap on and off in a jiffy so it is an easy choice to fly with your own preference. I did not encounter any tendency for the Bf-109 to snap and do not see a need for flaps on this model since it can be flown and easily landed in a school yard. The Bf-109G floats in nicely for a landing without power by slowing adding some up elevator.


    Summary:

    The ParkZone Messerschmitt Bf-109G BNF (PKZ4980) is a fully-aerobatic scale reproduction model that utilizes Bind-N-Fly? DSM2? technology using your own transmitter. It will have you ready to fly in just the time it takes to charge the battery! Note that a brushless-powered Plug-N-Play® version of the Messerschmitt Bf-109G from ParkZone (PKZ4975) is also available. With the Plug-N-Play® version, just attach the wing and tail, install your full range receiver, charge your battery and you?re ready to go!

    I have been pretty impressed with my Bf-109. It looks and flies great! Even the 5-color pilot can be seen in the air! I prefer to fly it without gear and belly land it in grass (or snow). A light hand toss is all it takes to get flying. It looks so realistically scale in the air and floats in nicely for a landing without power. ParkZone has really captured the beauty of this fearsome fighter!








    ParkZone Models
    Distributed Exclusively in the U.S.A. by:
    Horizon Hobby, Inc
    4105 Fieldstone Road
    Champaign, IL 61822
    Ph: (800) 338-4639
    Toll Free: (800) 338-4639
    Fax: (217) 352-6799
    Website: www.horizonhobby.com

    Distributed Exclusively in the U.S.A. by:
    Horizon Hobby, Inc

    Comments on RCU Review: ParkZone Bf-109 G6 BNF

    Posted by: Virg. on 01/17/2010

    Posted by: 541cody on 01/17/2010
    Im having CG issues with this plane! which is crazy because its is basically a RTF... I believe the battery moves in flight and throws it all off ( tray is much larger than battery ) anyone else have this issue? Other than that its a neet plane!
    Posted by: chugger13 on 01/17/2010
    The 3 bladed propeller seems to slow this motor down so the 100% output can never be reached. Take off with this plane has a tendency to tip right and down although landing the plane seems very tipsy as well. The park zone corsair floats like leaf on a gentle breeze this is a missile to earth in comparison. On high rates the plane can do some great maneuvers. Overall 6.5 out of 10 for flight, looks for a park flyer 8 out of 10 the plane is nice but has limits.
    Posted by: 70challenger on 01/17/2010

    Posted by: Dbairborn on 01/17/2010

    Posted by: Dbairborn on 01/17/2010
    flown and tore this plane up over last 2 months , love it fav airplane to fly , flaps and flaperions are easyly installed and after practice on more agressive landing than most ,im greasing them in there and it is a rush.. great fun ...
    Posted by: BelAirBob on 01/19/2010
    There is an optional 2 bladed prop and spinner. Anyone try it out to see which prop works best? belairbob
    Posted by: richardfrancisburton on 01/25/2010
    I had flown all the parkzone planes and was excited to get this one. But the narrow tall gear made landing it beyond my skills. Sold to a better RC pilot than me.
    Posted by: FilPilot on 01/27/2010
    Flown the stock Bind and Fly, as it comes out the box. Pro: Looks good. Cons: P-Factor issues on takeoff, Underpowered, Tip stalls on landings, needs to come in with power for landings. Comments: Not impressed, remove the landing gear helps a little. At that price, I would expect better performance.
    Posted by: Hrubster on 01/29/2010

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