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Old 04-06-2015, 03:39 PM
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Default Freewing 90mm f-16

If you are a lover of bad ***** jets this may be the jet for you! Freewibg has come out with this 90mm f-16. Really scale looking, includes working lights, landing lights, electric scale aluminum gear, even led afterburner lights installed!!! Also come with an assortment of easily attachable missiles. I was excited to receive this one. Took about an hour to get it ready to fly. Takeoffs are uneventful and flying is thrilling! She's pretty fast and nimble, and has that nice swish turbine like sound, by no means a beginner plane but will keep seasoned flyers happy! Defirnatly worth every penny considering what you get, jets have come a long way!!!
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:06 AM
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That is fine looking model, hope it will give you troublesome time, pretty nice looking l/gear but I doubt they would handle average grass strips. What you run it on 6 or 8S? I have been flying my 90mm Starmax one for years now, still going great after 300+ flights but it took lot of mods and improvements to make it reliable, after initial problems mainly with the L/gear. I have upgraded mine to 8S after few initial flights on 6S, pretty lively model for a cheap foamy in this size, J.
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:25 AM
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This flies on a 6s 5000mah battery. I've had about 8 flights so far, this jet is the ****, that's why it sells out in a day. The gear are rock solid, probably the best gear so far. Freewing has really stepped up this year with their improvements!
Old 04-08-2015, 05:08 PM
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Got mine 2 weeks ago. Assembly time - 4 hours. Painted inside of gear doors white for scale effect. Had to add 2 1/4 ounces weight to nose to balance within recommended CG even with the heavy 6S 5000 lipo in its place as far forward as I dare. First flight scheduled this Saturday. Can't wait.
Old 04-09-2015, 01:18 PM
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This thing flies awesome!!! Curious though, what battery? I have a nanotech 6s 65-120c battery and I had to push it back pretty far to change. The lighter 45-90c I had to move forward just a little bit but not much. You may be using a really light battery?
Old 04-09-2015, 04:26 PM
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New Turnigy nano-tech 6S 65 - 130c.
Old 04-09-2015, 11:25 PM
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I have that same battery, it's weird you had to add weight to the nose, but If that's what you have to do then do it. Let us know how it goes her first flight up.
Old 04-10-2015, 03:58 AM
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Predman,

Then it must have something to do with the CG reference point I'm using as viewed on the assembly instruction manual. It's not real clear. It indicates 118mm - 128mm (4.64" - 5.06") apparently measured aft from inboard tip of wing, per the diagram. When I measured in inches the CG is approx 1.5" aft of the CG symbol as viewed on the diagram! Where did you set yours? I used the diagram. An eight on an inch either way can make a huge difference.
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Maidened my Freewing F-16 last Saturday in calm conditions. First attempt, with wing tip sidewinders, airplane would not lift off the ground. Aborted takeoff. Too nose heavy! Thus, it's clear the CG symbol as it appears in the instruction booklet is incorrect. After moving the battery aft 1" and adding 15 degrees more up elevator, it lifted off smoothly. Flies scale. Looks great. Awesome afterburner ring. Very stable on landing. Many compliments. I'm going to leave the 2 1/4 ounces of weight in the nose for the time being because it helps keep the airplane from jumping into the air on takeoff. The motor/fan unit consumes alot of power in a short period of time, reducing flight time to 3 minutes plus 30 - 45 seconds for taxiing out and in. Next flights will be without the sidewinders to see if battery consumption changes any.
Old 04-14-2015, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by shomenda View Post
Maidened my Freewing F-16 last Saturday in calm conditions. First attempt, with wing tip sidewinders, airplane would not lift off the ground. Aborted takeoff. Too nose heavy! Thus, it's clear the CG symbol as it appears in the instruction booklet is incorrect. After moving the battery aft 1" and adding 15 degrees more up elevator, it lifted off smoothly. Flies scale. Looks great. Awesome afterburner ring. Very stable on landing. Many compliments. I'm going to leave the 2 1/4 ounces of weight in the nose for the time being because it helps keep the airplane from jumping into the air on takeoff. The motor/fan unit consumes alot of power in a short period of time, reducing flight time to 3 minutes plus 30 - 45 seconds for taxiing out and in. Next flights will be without the sidewinders to see if battery consumption changes any.
Did you set your elevators according to the manual? The neutral setting has some up elevator in it. This is by far one of the best jets to date in its class! Glad you got her up, she gives me the shakes at first every time I go up!!!
Old 04-14-2015, 10:27 AM
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Assembly, setting the stabs/elevators and establishing the CG was all done according to the manual. The sketch showing the CG location symbol is wrong. It appears the CG measurments are more correct. It flies fantastic with the lipo battery 1" aft of the printed circuit board, the 2 1/4 ounces of weight originally added when checking the CG during assembly and 15 degrees more up stabs/elevators. Take offs (and landings) are more precise. More flights are needed to make adjustments to the stabs/elevators to nuetralize the aileron trim added during the maiden to fly straight and true.
Old 04-19-2015, 04:01 PM
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Here are some of my flights so far. Eventually I repainted it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOgDLDC8-ik https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmWdTyOyBFM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5lyza67OLE

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Old 04-28-2015, 04:31 AM
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Just ordered some JP eBrakes for this jet.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/RC-Jet-Alumi...item35e8fcced6
Old 05-12-2015, 05:01 AM
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Test flight with brakes
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Old 05-30-2015, 10:11 AM
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This mornings flight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTBoVNwG9U4
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A cloudy morning flight brings out the afterburner lights.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE1U...ature=youtu.be
Old 06-24-2015, 02:20 AM
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F-16 and F-18 morning flights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y1r...ature=youtu.be
Old 07-10-2015, 08:20 AM
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This mornings flights from Doug and I.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeC31TTuXgY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk2gyhskqKg
Old 07-15-2015, 06:08 AM
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Touch and go morning
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Old 07-22-2015, 06:23 AM
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The braided part of the red hair extension hairpiece used caused a blocked air flow in the thrust tube. I will eliminate the braided hair portion or cut foam inside the tube to install the braided portion recessed inside the tube to permit more air flow. I may also try the more commonly used fiberglass strands next time although I love the bright red color the hair extension piece produced. Work in progress. Stay tuned.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL4f...ature=youtu.be
Old 07-24-2015, 09:37 AM
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Still diminished thrust this test but not as bad. Sorry about the bad resolution; accidentally left my HD cam SD card at home. Used iPhone 6+ instead.
Does not do as well in pre-dawn light but Image stabilization is better though.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqHj...ature=youtu.be
Old 07-28-2015, 07:14 AM
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Three morning flights edited together. Last one took flame piece out and added on board cam for stunts. Enjoy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrqU...ature=youtu.be
Old 08-04-2015, 12:10 PM
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Very nice indeed, Really liked the onboard camera. I wonder if you could shoehorn a Jetcat P-20 into this jet.
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Hope someone gets this reply. You guys rave at how great this flies...I just tried to maiden mine last Sat., and it would not rotate....would not fly. I also tried their 99 mm f-15, with the same results. I contacted Motion RC, and they said my batteries weren't good enough...I 'm using thunderpower 6 cell, 5000 packs with a 45 c rating. Does this make sense?
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Originally Posted by Kim Couturier View Post
Hope someone gets this reply. You guys rave at how great this flies...I just tried to maiden mine last Sat., and it would not rotate....would not fly. I also tried their 99 mm f-15, with the same results. I contacted Motion RC, and they said my batteries weren't good enough...I 'm using thunderpower 6 cell, 5000 packs with a 45 c rating. Does this make sense?
your batteries may be old and not up to task, or your cg is too far forward. Test your batteries and maybe move them back a little. The heavier up front, the longer the roll out.

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