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