The Douglas aircraft companies last ever production plane, and the fastest carrier-launched plane of it's time, the F4D-1 Skyray is a historic and significant airplane. This EDF model comes complete and Ready to Fly, all that is required is your own battery and Rx.
awesome! thanks gary! so the ailerons and elevator are mixed together using this mix then? just wondering which servo i would then plug into the aileron and the elevator port on my rx or does this not really matter? thanks again
Yes,thats right,just plug one servo into the aileron socket on the receiver and one servo in to elevator socket,switch the radio on,if things are not responding correctly to the transmitter controls then try reversing one of the servo's,if you get things working ok but one of the functionsie,elevator is working backwards then unplug the servo's,swap the aileron one into elevator and elevator into aileron,sort the servo reversing and it should come right.
Wondering if this is the ducted fan plane to get if I have to hand launch. My flying field does not have a runway (fly in a park) and I need to hand launch. I like this plane though and I have heard that the plane is docile at 1/2 throttle... Cheers
Anyone else have problems with the nose wheel? All went together well, but the shaft to connect the front wheel doesnt appear to be long enough.
I tried to push it through, but it barely gives enough clearence where the grob screw connects to the flat spot on the shaft to stop the wheel turning.
Looks like i might have to file it down a bit.
Mine Arrived yesterday, very well packed and in good condition. The model seems very well made and good quality. The electronics seem well installed and the fan seems very powerful. Construction is simply glueing in the tail and wings. Connecting the two control rods to the elerons and installing the receiver. Mine had bullet connectors on the ESC which I changed for EC3's. I also bought 2 of the hobby king turnigy 1300mah batteries, but I will say that it is a tight fit in the battery bay. The nose steering servo wire needs a slight nick made in the back battery firwall to allow it to be out of the way and neat. The undercarriage has plastic quick release clips on the main gear to allw you to remove it, however the nose gear has a metal rod that if connects to and is the gear is not connected, this rod will be sticking out of the bottom of the fuse, not by much only a few mm, but it might be a problem on belly landings. The instruction manual is very basic but has the COG etc.
All in all I am very pleasantly surprised by how good it all is and it arrived very quickly in Melbourne from the Australian warehouse, who packed it all excellently. Still Aus post just left the box on the street outside my front door and still think that it is in Hobby King's local post office!
Lol i had a call from my local Chemist - Aus post left mine there,they cant even find the post office which is just 2 doors down ?
Model looks good and is of good Quality although mine came with a out of balanced fan -yet to fly.
IT flew very well on it's maiden flight this weekend. The COG of 109mm as suggested is ok but other people have suggested it is ok up to 120mm back. Mine was about 112-115mm and it flew fine. It needs a very slight amount of up elevator set on it, and then it flies very well. Roll rate is very quick and the power was enough to allow for vertical till it became quite small. It lands best with a slight bit of power. It will cruise very well on about 40pcnt throttle and makes a great noise on full, especially during low passes. A great plane that I am very please with.
FMS has kindly emailed me the EXC manual which I will upload.
Nicely Designed F4D-1 Jet Foam Is Durable better quality Than Some Others. Still In box havent put it together yet once i do i will give new review.
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Just received this from HK. Very fast shipping from Aus Warehouse (ordered Thursday night, arrived Monday in Melb.)
Mine had slightly different livery to one in picture - but nice grey/ white colours with some black and red decals. Agree with other posters that it is well made and the foam is very good for EPS, seems dense and solid. Easy to assemble, but be aware it comes with two pack epoxy glue which needs to be mixed just prior to application. Seems strong enough though.
All electrics worked well, and fan was balanced - happy with that. I installed a Turnigy 1500mAh battery which required some cutting of the foam to enlarge the battery tray, but not a big issue. On setting up CG, I went with the 109mm as per instructions. With the heavier battery, it needed a small weight in the tail to balance.
Maiden flight - Set it up, trimmed and checked, then opened up the throttle. Rolled off smoothly (using cricket pitch as runway) and lifted off easily after about 25m. Plenty of power in the stock setup. Was able to cruise at about 50 throttle. Did need some up elevator to maintain level flight - which suggested it was a slight bit nose heavy. But flew well once adjusted. Plenty of speed, quick rolls and easy loops. Plenty of fun! Got about 6 - 7 mins out of the battery with throttle management. Then lined up and landed with a little flare just before touchdown. Great plane, very
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These little beastys rock, just use a 1300 4s after replacing the stock esc with a 40A one. Not to much foam needs to be cut out and she stays nice and light. Mine is approaching 50 flights with the stock motor and fan and going great guns !! :). The only other thing I have modded is some blenderm tape along the elevon hinges to damp them out a tad, they rattle a bit at high speed otherwise. ***** all round for this little thing, from me, simple cheap and rugged.