The Saab Draken was a remarkable aircraft that was designed as a high speed interceptor in the early days of the Cold War, the origins of the J-35 can be traced back to the early 1950's, which bearing in mind it's unique double-delta wing and supersonic performance, makes the Draken extremely advanced for it's time. Other unique features of the J-35 were it's ability to operate off ordinary roads instead of large airfields and it's deliberatley designed operational simplicity which allowed ground crews with minimal training to keep the aircraft at readiness day and night. The Draken was also an export success and this fantastic looking model is in the display colours of the Austrian Air Force.
This nicely finished kit has a low parts count courtesy of the basic shape of the Draken, with only 2 outer wings and a vertical stabilizer to attach, it is not the most complicated composite jet to build by a long way! Controls are of course elevon and rudder, so the servo count is also low, a comprehensive hardware kit is included, as is a 90mm EDF unit, the model comes with fixed under-carriage but can easily be converted to retracts. The distinctive paint scheme is finished off by the nice quality waterslide decals that are included and for the final scale touch, we have a full scale cockpit and pilot available (not included - see related products) that have been specifically designed for this model.
The Draken offers the stability of a delta wing with potentially excellent performance with the right set up and both on the ground and in the air the J-35 looks simply breathtaking. This nicely priced ARF offers a relatively simple & inexpensive build for a composite 90mm jet and this stunning Swedish fighter it is a must for all fans of Cold War era jet's!
Features: Low Parts Count For Easy Assembly High Performance 90mm EDF Unit Included Superb Austrian Air Force Display Scheme Inexpensive Build All Hardware Included Comprehensive Waterslide Decal Sheets Included Pre-Molded Panel Lines Optional Scale Cockpit and Pilot Available (Not Included) Easy Conversion to Retracts
The C of G of most delta wings is 1 third of the wing length. Note not wing span.
From where the wing meets the fuselage intake to the back of the elevons. If this distance is 90cm then the C of G will be 30cm back from wing start backwards.
on this particular aircraft its precisely at the start of the fin.
wow lots of "info" here people arguing over all kinds of stuff so i will assume all of you got instructions with your Drakken. Sadly I did not. I have no idea where the CG is and I have no idea what the throws are etc. Can anyone help. Has anyone actually built theirs?!
Smooth Flow this is the response I got when I asked why no manual no CG and no control throws :"Hi David ,
Thanks for contacting the HobbyKing Support Team.
Regarding the item 189000039 , please kindly be advised that is an already- for - fly item, and it is easy to assemble. Hence there is no manual supplied by the manufacturer. Sorry for the inconvenience that is caused."
In other words the "product specialist" had no idea and no desire to do anything other than parrot back some BS. At least he didn't use the classic line " Is there anything else I can help you with today?" I am 100% convinced no one has ever flown this including the people who designed and made the kit.
Seriously? That's your answer? It's a shame because the Draken is a beautiful plane but the canopy and square exhaust detract badly from this kit. The oversized intakes to meet the FSA I can deal with but even the 64mm foam EDF Draken's out there have a better canopy. ProDesign has had ages to fix this as the kit dates from 2010.
Seriously Byzcol? It is a piece of plastic, simply make (Vacuform) another one if it really bothers you that much.
Back in the good old days, yes I am that old, we did not flinch at the thought of changing the lines on a model.
Come to think of it we had to actually build from flat sheets of wood loose glass cloth and two-part resins. That square exhaust, piece of cake to make right.
Sheesh, kids... LOL
it depends mostly on the wheels with my P-51 and small standard wheels it nosed over but when i put on sone 90mm dia superlight wheels to the outside of the gear so the wheels were flat against the fusil when retracted no nose over problems and a more nose up attitude which is good for take off with 1-1 power ratio or better HTH
Sorry, no, I don't think so. This looks like the type of machine I'd like to be able to fly, but it doesn't look like the type of machine I _would_ actually be able to fly. :) I'd have to get a trainer or something first.
ok.. Here's the short and skinny(or fat) The empty model without Fan unit and gear weighs 1425g(3.2lbs) my setup..SK3 Delux120esc 7s 65C nanos,servos wires etc...2830g(6.2lbs) for a total of...9.4lbs This may seem heavy...but dont forget the entire plane is a lifting surface. My 90mm Viper is almost 9lbs and fly's fantastic! I think this plane will be a very good performer. You can also knock off 125g by going 6s. I pulled the plug and ordered it last night.
Just received my jet today and it had nose damage. It had 1/2" of nose cone crushed in. I accepted it after opening box and inspecting all parts. Very nice jet overall. So before you accept it make sure you look at nose and tail. Will repair nose and put in my build queue. Hobby King please add more foam to nose and tail or you may get some shipped back. Over all I will give it 4 stars and 5 if it had no damage.
Was able to put 4 packs in it. 2-5000mah 2S Turnigy and 2-3200mah 3S E-flite packs. One of the E-flites was sitting on landing gear block. Other 3 in nose. Will try to cut a wood block down and see what biggest single pack will fit in nose.
i'm being witing this model since Scott intro video ..but at 3500gr the only setup for me is mercury 12 blade 6S,and with amp draw of 95A..and in a scale pic looks like space in the nose is more less 218mm including narrow nose tip let say only 160mm or 170mm for battery space , useing a nanotech 4000 25C that is 163mm long and 623gr only give you 2.5minutes full power ,3.4minutes going full and some times cruise..but if you go with nanotech 4500mah 25c ,will give 3minutes full throtle and 3.8 going full and some times cruise..the only problem battery is 168mm long and have 52gr more than 4000mah..so no space for adjus CG.please Scott if you can give us more specs we will appreciate it i hope i'm wrong.so beautiful plane but to heavy
Sorry i didn't say that it won't work,i think it is gorgeous plane well made ,but the battery compartment looks a little small to make a good setup..when the viperjet came out i bought it and i use a 10S setup,because the huge space for battery,and when you made the first presentation of the rafale i bought it imediatelly with a 4S setup with 2 X 2650 nanotech..was easy because i took all wood out and make it bungee,now 3 days ago ,i gought the HK 90mm L-59..i ask you if 8S setup will fit you say yes so i bought it ..in this case i just need a little more info about battery space..i don't think 4000mah in this beauty can go 3 minutes in decent speed..in this one i will like to go retracts,so i dont want to take the wood off..that was all ,a little more info,to make my decision easy.thank you for the reply Scott.
Yes Flavio was correct when he posted SFact is correct now lol.. now i hope to see this plane and the f3a pattern plane as PNF soon please or to dream out loud how about a PNF version of the Mig-29 Composite 2 x 68mm EDF 960mm (ARF)
There are vids of 90mm planes flying with 70mm fans and flying very nice at a good clip.
It's the weight that matters, if you lose almost a pound in weight by going to 70mm then the aircraft will not only fly well but have betters manners at slow speeds.
The Eflight fan weights 10oz and gives 5.5lbs of thrust at ~1200 watts ...that's really efficient and can go to 7s
Oh no.... that is a terrible color scheme!! The green drab, or even camo swichy stripe thing they had, would have been tons better. And it doesn't look very scale to me, but that is from memory so it could very well be good. At least it would be a reasoanbly rare model that not many people have - but that colour, oh dear.
This is the special Austrian display color scheme, but if you check the decal set supplied with it, iI reckon it wouldn't be hard to spraypaint it to grey and not have to worry about decals that on't match. Only leave out the Ostarrichi...
I'm flat broke atm, but will buy this one eventually!
Love Saabs , but I want a VIGGEN !! Are you listening Hobby King?
Once again dissapointed with kits from HK China. The box wass'nt big or strong enough resulting in crushed nose and exhaust pipe. In addition there were numerous broken internal plywood parts which sugests they are not checked before sending out. I'm not the first to say this by a long way but when will HK learn how to pack models securley. As for me this was the last straw, no more purchases from HK China. That apart the model is excelent and I look forward to building/flying it.
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Eventially got to try it out with 1700w metal fan and 6s. It never looked like it would leave the ground after 45m of smooth artificial runway. Would surgest at least 8s for this. Mine has had the fan and 4000 6s and wheels removed and is awaiting suitable weather to be tried as pss glider.