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Old 03-05-2020, 08:14 AM
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Default New Flex Innovations Flex Jet Pro

Has anybody looked at the latest announcement from Flex? A new design of their flex jet that has a composite fuse and wood wing. They’re selling it as an 8S EDF but this design looks like it would thrive on a KT 45 or X45. They even offer a set of electric brakes/wheels/controller as an option. Anticipating a turbine conversion eventually. What are your thoughts?

https://www.flexinnovations.com/prod...exjet-pro-arf/



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Old 03-05-2020, 01:34 PM
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It seem overprice to me for wood wing on a tiny jet at $699....
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Really? I think it’s a bargain compared to some HH foamies when you read what is included!
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Originally Posted by Dave Wilshere View Post
Really? I think itís a bargain compared to some HH foamies when you read what is included!
Does that mean I cannot have an opinion LOL.....Well I do have one mention above!
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I think the price is decent, not amazing, but not terrible. For comparison, the Sebart Mini Avanti can often be had for less (although how much less depends on the vendor, and whether a coupon code is offered) and includes JP suspension struts (the newer versions) with metal retract units, three servos (one for nose steering, and two nose door servos), fiberglass fuselage with balsa wings and horizontal stabs., and can be easily converted to turbine or remain electric. I don't see anything included with the FlexJet Pro that is mind boggling by any means. You still have to purchase the servos, power system, receiver, LiPo's, etc.

However, this FlexJet Pro intrigues me, and the color scheme that was chosen I absolutely love. I would have painted mine like it anyhow as I'm a fan of it. I'm really happy to see a fiberglass/balsa jet released in this size. I didn't expect Flex Innovations to do it, but I'm pleasantly surprised they did. Kudos to the them. As much as foam planes are fun, it's nice to finally see something in this size that isn't foam.

I'll keep an eye on this jet to see how well made it is and whether it's worth purchasing. Purchasing the first batch of anything though, I'm not particularly fond of these days.

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Old 03-05-2020, 07:03 PM
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I looked at the foam version thinking of K-45 turbine conversion but did not get it. I saw several issues with converting the foamy to turbine that were more work than I wanted to do. I think the airframe design would fly great and maybe this new one would be easier to convert than the foamy.
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The FJ Pro has JP metal retracts and a refined version of their outstanding trailing link gear and JP Ball bearing metal wheels and rubber tires that are Ebrake ready plus full gear doors and servos to operate the doors and steering servo. It also has proper ducting. All this for $25 extra.
A very good value I think, even with shipping being extra.
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Originally Posted by Dave Wilshere View Post
Really? I think itís a bargain compared to some HH foamies when you read what is included!
agreed! In the sense that I canít believe what people are paying for foam airplanes.....

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Originally Posted by Dansy View Post
Does that mean I cannot have an opinion LOL.....Well I do have one mention above!
We all have our own ideas...Iíve been around the hobby retail since I was born, Iím still trying to work out peoples priorities 😃
Iím sure anyone buying this will be happier with the investment than the poor folk who bought a Havoc Foamy with the upside down wing 😉
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Originally Posted by Dave Wilshere View Post
We all have our own ideas...Iíve been around the hobby retail since I was born, Iím still trying to work out peoples priorities 😃
Iím sure anyone buying this will be happier with the investment than the poor folk who bought a Havoc Foamy with the upside down wing 😉
Yes we do...I donít have any foamy, and my smaller jet is all composite...
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No one has mentioned here that it is also a bigger plane. 3” longer wingspan and length so turbine fitting may be a little easier . It does come at a 2+ lb increase in weight.
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Originally Posted by Bob_B View Post
The FJ Pro has JP metal retracts and a refined version of their outstanding trailing link gear and JP Ball bearing metal wheels and rubber tires that are Ebrake ready plus full gear doors and servos to operate the doors and steering servo. It also has proper ducting. All this for $25 extra.
A very good value I think, even with shipping being extra.

I dont understand this marketing tactic.. ďfor $25 extra you get xxxxx itemsĒ. Why not just add $10-20 to EVERY airframe sold and just include that stuff as standard?
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I think he’s saying that it’s $25 more than the foamy. That doesn’t include the electronics except for the complex landing gear. EDF, servos for flight surfaces etc. the difference would be about $660 when you add the servos, ESC, EDF and received which the foamy has

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Originally Posted by T_CAT View Post
I think the price is decent, not amazing, but not terrible. For comparison, the Sebart Mini Avanti can often be had for less (although how much less depends on the vendor, and whether a coupon code is offered) and includes JP suspension struts (the newer versions) with metal retract units, three servos (one for nose steering, and two nose door servos), fiberglass fuselage with balsa wings and horizontal stabs., and can be easily converted to turbine or remain electric. I don't see anything included with the FlexJet Pro that is mind boggling by any means. You still have to purchase the servos, power system, receiver, LiPo's, etc.

However, this FlexJet Pro intrigues me, and the color scheme that was chosen I absolutely love. I would have painted mine like it anyhow as I'm a fan of it. I'm really happy to see a fiberglass/balsa jet released in this size. I didn't expect Flex Innovations to do it, but I'm pleasantly surprised they did. Kudos to the them. As much as foam planes are fun, it's nice to finally see something in this size that isn't foam.

I'll keep an eye on this jet to see how well made it is and whether it's worth purchasing. Purchasing the first batch of anything though, I'm not particularly fond of these days.

NO, I was responding to this post. I should have quoted it.
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Originally Posted by Bob_B View Post
NO, I was responding to this post. I should have quoted it.
Bob
I gotcha. The retail (not their preorder) price is reasonable for the FlexJet Pro, and certainly doesn't turn me away from buying it.
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Is there a build thread for the turbine conversion? Iím about to start the conversion with an X45 and this is looking more difficult the more I study it. Iíve done several small EDF to turbine conversions and this one looks much more difficult than any of the others. E.g. there is no way to access the area where the turbine is supposed to go? Thinking about mounting the turbine where the EDF goes and getting a shorter exhaust pipe, not sure what that will do to the CG though. Any help is appreciated. I looked at the Wiki page but did not have much detail. -Tom
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Originally Posted by Tip22v View Post
Is there a build thread for the turbine conversion? Iím about to start the conversion with an X45 and this is looking more difficult the more I study it. Iíve done several small EDF to turbine conversions and this one looks much more difficult than any of the others. E.g. there is no way to access the area where the turbine is supposed to go? Thinking about mounting the turbine where the EDF goes and getting a shorter exhaust pipe, not sure what that will do to the CG though. Any help is appreciated. I looked at the Wiki page but did not have much detail. -Tom
If you mount the turbine where the EDF mounts you will end up with a heavy model as it will require extra nose weight. The empty weight of my model is 9.45lbs the models with the rear mounted motor are in the 11lbs range.

I converted mine. I posted photos in the groups thread. You have to work through the EDF hatch.

Did you look here: https://wiki.flexinnovations.com/wik...bineConversion

I used an HAB pipe and turbine mounts.

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Originally Posted by Bob_B View Post
If you mount the turbine where the EDF mounts you will end up with a heavy model as it will require extra nose weight. The empty weight of my model is 9.45lbs the models with the rear mounted motor are in the 11lbs range.

I converted mine. I posted photos in the groups thread. You have to work through the EDF hatch.

Did you look here: https://wiki.flexinnovations.com/wik...bineConversion

I used an HAB pipe and turbine mounts.
thanks for the info! -Tom
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Originally Posted by Bob_B View Post
If you mount the turbine where the EDF mounts you will end up with a heavy model as it will require extra nose weight. The empty weight of my model is 9.45lbs the models with the rear mounted motor are in the 11lbs range.

I converted mine. I posted photos in the groups thread. You have to work through the EDF hatch.

Did you look here: https://wiki.flexinnovations.com/wik...bineConversion

I used an HAB pipe and turbine mounts.
Okay, after studying these photos and reading the wiki page again Iím feeling a lot more confident that this is not going to be difficult to do I bought another X45 for this project and unfortunately it would not start right out of the box, so I had to send back to Keith, I think the temp sensor is bad, but Iíll let the expert do a proper diagnosis. Thanks for the help!
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