E-flite UMX F-16 Airplane
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- This is the UMX F-16 Bind-N-Fly by E-Flite.Features:Ultra-Lightweight, Fully Assembled AirframeAdvanced AS3X Technology Delivers Rock-Solid HandlingOfficially Licensed Lockheed Martin F-16 Body DesignFull-Flying Horizontal StabilizersProportional Four-Channel ControlRemoveable Landing Gear and Steerable Nose WheelSpektrum DSMX 2.4GHz TechnologyEngineered Inlet and Exhaust DuctingTech SpecsWingspan: 11.6" (295mm)Overa
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This is the UMX F-16 Bind-N-Fly by E-Flite.
- Ultra-Lightweight, Fully Assembled Airframe
- Advanced AS3X Technology Delivers Rock-Solid Handling
- Officially Licensed Lockheed Martin F-16 Body Design
- Full-Flying Horizontal Stabilizers
- Proportional Four-Channel Control
- Removeable Landing Gear and Steerable Nose Wheel
- Spektrum DSMX 2.4GHz Technology
- Engineered Inlet and Exhaust Ducting
Wingspan: 11.6" (295mm)
Overall Length: 17" (434mm)
Wing Area: 37 sq in (2.39 sq dm)
Flying Weight: 2.8oz (80g)
Requires: 6-Channel Transmitter with DSM2/DSMX 2.4GHz Technology, Battery and Charger
Top customer reviews
The construction is good, my only gripe is its not as solid as the Pitts or habu. The elevator surfaces are a little flemsy but besides that everything else is cool. Has tons of speed and will get away from you pretty quick. The controls are bit touchy so it will need some expo. I burn though 300mah Batts like a hot knife on butter,so have a few on hand.
Would recommend this plane to anyone that has EDF experience or someone looking for a fast, fun, and agile jet. Did t give 5 stars because the front landing gear sucks and the elevons are flemsy.
This little guy is NOT for noobs, it can barely pass as intermediate (that's right, expect lots of crash lol). Oh and getting the cg right is tricky on the maiden flight... just moving the battery back 1/8 of an inch in the tray made it a completely different animal in the air. I suggest you start by putting the battery as forward in the tray as you can go on your maiden, then go from there.
Use the freshest top grade battery for this plane; it drains voltage like a blood-sucking vampire and this bird likes to be up to speed before making any turns or it'll fall like a brick. The last thing you want is during takeoff the LVC cuts in and out when it barely left the ground and you lose all controls trying to turn the plane 180 resulting in a pile-driving nosedive halfway through lol.
And DO check for possible looseness of the heat-shrink that hold the control rod of the tailerons together because I found plenty of defective examples right from the factory, with the heat-shrink and CA glue failing to hold the joined ends as one solid piece. That's a mid-air loss of control right there on the maiden or subsequent flight BTW.
Even when both tailerons are trimmed symmetrically before takeoff, this doesn't guarantee it will track straight in the air without rolling toward one side or another. Be ready to counter the roll by trimming with your TX's electronic trim setting as you go along, get it trimmed to fly straight first, then bring it down to make mechanical corrections as necessary, then take it up in the air again to get the plane to track level and straight by bringing both TX and the plane's mechanical linkages to neutral trim setting. The AS3X won't do its job properly if you have to make more than 3 clicks on the TX trim tab to keep it flying true, so do the grunt work and get the plane mechanically trimmed to neutral.
On the first UMX F-16 I received, the taileron slop/play is pretty bad. Because of this you must NOT follow the instruction manual's suggestion, which is to have the front leading edge of the tailerons mechanically trimmed to neutral 1mm ABOVE the bottom edge of the fuselage side panels. THAT can be wrong, depending on the taileron slop. Do this instead if you got one that's wiggly-jiggly on the taileron joints: bend or stretch as required the tailerons' U-shaped rods so that the front leading edge of the tailerons are 1mm BELOW, NOT ABOVE, the bottom edge of the fuselage side panels.
For a visual of what I'm describing, please search online for UMX F-16 EFLU2850 Manual and go straight to diagrams on page 7.
Also periodically make sure the clear adhesive tape that goes over the rear ends of the side panels that hold the taileron joints in place is not losing its adhesiveness or it's time to replace the tapes. I've had loss of control and pile-dove my 1st F-16 into the concrete because the tape was coming off.
All of what I just said clearly indicates that this F-16 IS NOT a beginner's choice, as with all agile micro warbirds like this F-16. Get a UMX Habu ( gezundheit! ) if this is your first go at EDF micro jets coming off from flying forgiving prop planes. And I would go as far as not recommending this plane for intermediate OR EVEN IMPATIENT experienced pilots either, because the plane does not fly itself straight out of the box, at least not the first 2 fresh out of the box UMX F-16's I've flown; they all had teething problems on my maiden. Actually both examples fly better after I epoxy the bits and pieces of what's left of the fuselage after the maiden crash (LOL) now that I've added a few grams of weight toward the front (CG shifted forward).
Oh and DO avoid flying in stiff wind, this little guy even with AS3X couldn't handle it, due to low thrust to punch out of hairy wind-induced situations.
That said, the batteries called for use a 2S 280 and 300 mAh yielding only a 3 min flight time. Out of 8 "new" 2S 280 mAh Eflite batteries I bought, several already act as they have a memory; i.e. a 2 min flights with week performance. Not impressed with Eflite's quality control on batteries. Does not help the are only a mere 30C. Their lipos need improvement too. With the bind and fly basic you of course need to buy the batteries and chargers. Not a big deal but week on Horizon Hobby's part for charging the amount they do for a hunk of injection molded foam and cheap electronics that have existed for 5 years or more now.