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Updated T-ONE Models 1/8.5 F-16 Build

Old 07-31-2020, 03:10 PM
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Default Updated T-ONE Models 1/8.5 F-16 Build



I purchased the T-ONE MODELS 1/8.5 F-16 some months back and just received it, $1,980.00. I ordered the following upgrades:

Installed lighting kit $190.00
Installed gear/doors and 3 servos $160.00
Wing tip missile set painted $65.00
I ordered the ACCUTORQ 110SG micro premium HV servos at Dirk’s suggestion for all surfaces.
Source: https://pacificrcjets.com/collection...19489290289248
I saw one recently at our club and thought it would be very convenient as it can fit into my Lincoln Navigator fully assembled. It has electric gear, brakes, gear doors and flies well. Another personal goal was to make it lighter and better balanced. Here is an older thread but there have been some updates since then that I will go over as I build the model: The new T1 models F16 build thread

Unpacking the model revealed a well padded and packaged carton. I was impressed with the initial fit and finish and I like the paint job. It is an orange peel. I like it. I have the KingTech K-70G4 in hand already. People have used the K-85 but it seems just too much and heavier unnecessarily. The K-70 will give me a 1:1 power to weight ratio. Clearly a 60N turbine would work if you are not a power nut as so many of us...

I had some correspondence with Dirk at Pacific RC before ordering the model:

“Our Demo F-16 weighs in at 17.29lbs RTF with a K-85, full UAT and 1/4 tank of fuel using Spektrum gear.”

Do the lights and gear controller require a separate 7.4V lipo? I see that others have done it this way. I usually run a 3s LiFe engine battery and two 2s LiFe receiver batteries. It would be nice if the light and gear controller will run off one of the 2s LiFe batteries. Your demo model weighs in at 17.3 lbs - does it have the lights and an extra LiPo battery included there? “The F-16 comes with the Xicoy LG15 controller and the T-One light controller can handle up to a 3S LIFE battery.”

Are the electric brakes proportional? If not, is there a way, a different controller you recommend, to accomplish this? I like to land with the brakes on about half way then go to full braking after I fully touch down. “The LG15 Xicoy controller has proportional braking and has gyro assisted braking and steering and is fully adjustable.”

Is the kevlar fuel cell a single central tank or two side cells? “1 single kevlar fuel tank.”

The K70G2 is 5 oz. less weight than the K85G2. It also burns less fuel. What are your thoughts about using either engine? Maybe I should give you a call on this? “The K70 is plenty of power for the F-16 but most guys want over powered jets. You will find your self flying mostly at half throttle with a K85. If you fly off grass you may want to stay with the K85, if you fly off pavement the 70 is more than enough power.”

Can the lights be put on a separate channel and do the landing gear lights only come on with the gear is down? “Yes, the lights can be put on a switch and the landing light only comes on when the gear are down.”

We had some initial problems: The lighting kit was not installed as ordered nor were the parts included, no lights nor controller. The gear door servos were not installed nor were the servos/hardware included. There was no cockpit. I was told there were some new people at the factory and with the virus maybe things were a little messed up. Dirk offered to have another model made over the next three weeks as a rush job. ‘Not sure I want a rush job. Plus it would be another week for shipping. Then there are the inevitable delays from the Virus and the like. I feared the delays would result in the model being very delayed and the flying season over here before I could test fly the new F-16. (the fall and winter are dry here and the field is often closed for turbine engines because of high fire indexes). Dirk said that the lights are factory installed after the model is complete. I figured that I could do it myself when he sends me the parts, same for the gear door servos - should be easy enough.

So I started the build. I'll get some pictures out when I can.

AEHaas

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Since I had plenty of flight surface servos I used one for the main gear doors. I underline the word ONE. I connected both doors to a single servo arm. Note it is exactly in line with both connecting rods. This makes them evenly move the doors. I adjusted the length of the arms to evenly close the doors. If they are off by a millimeter or two with the doors open you would not see the difference. Note that I have not yet fastened all the nuts/screws as I am done for the night - I’ll finish it up tomorrow.

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Reminds me of my Yellow Aircraft F-16C kit. What a pain in the rear to get the gear doors to function correctly. Dynamax fan with an OS 91. It was a cool jet! One day I will get one again. The Pacific jet looks very similar to the YA.
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If you need anything feel free to reach out to me. Its a good flying bird.
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Thanks for the assistant offer.

I finished the main gear doors and moved into the front gear compartment. The nose gear door was straightforward. The landing gear all seem to be very robust and nearly scale looking. I am pleased with the hardware.

Next was the steering servo. At this point I realized that all the major servo openings are non standard. They are around 15mm by 35mm. A standard servo will not fit nor will a micro or mini. You must use the servos that T-ONE sells, the 220SG servos for the steering and all flight surfaces. I had to order these servos. They seem very strong and lightweight for the size. They should servo me well. For the time being I put an original JR 3711 HV servo into the steering mount. It was a little undersized for the opening but I made it work.

Four wood screws hold the nose gear mechanism onto the wood frame members. It is very easy to get the unit out for servicing if needed, good feature.

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I was able to move the K-70G4 turbine back several inches allowing me to place the back of the fuel cell at the CG point. This will make for better balance as fuel is consumed. The engine mounting wooden rails had to be cut out some as the fuel cell would otherwise sit too high. The engine hatch could not be seated in place over it. The whole fuel cell now sits lower. This is also better balance for the plane as it would be less top heavy.

The space in front of the fuel cell allows for the mounting of my AR12310T Spektrum receiver as well as the engine ECU. There is room for the Spektrum AS3000 AS3X Flight Stabilization Module. It weighs in at 3 gm. In front of those are the air trap and fuel pump.





I eliminated the forward floor of the canopy compartment. The rear floor will be for batteries. Most have mounted their air trap and pump on this floor but mine are even behind this area.




The light and gear controllers will be behind the CG in the wing root part of the fuselage. Everything is designed for ease of access and repair and adjustments. It does not seem this way yet but follow along and you will see the light.

I am also trying to make the model as light as possible by shortening all wires. A clue is to see what I did on my T-38: The Skymaster Northrop T-38 Talon Project of 2019

AEHaas

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