ElectriFly F-16 Review


 
The F-16 defines “legend” among modern military jet enthusiasts. This Cold War-era centerpiece comes to life for us RC enthusiasts with ElectriFly’s EDF version. Kurt and Rob get a closer look and take to the air. Check out the videos to see how it flies…
 

Intro and Flight Footage
5X5 Review Scoring

 

Summary

The real F-16 is a computer assisted fly-by-wire design that was produced to be highly maneuverable at the cost of positive aerodynamics. Since we lack the advanced on-board flight control systems, ElectriFly made the F-16 a bit more aerodynamically stable, actually, a LOT more stable!

Assembly took several hours since you have to assemble and construct the intake and exhaust ducting for the EDF unit. Take your time and do it right, or your EDF performance will suffer significantly. The instructions are intuitive, but if you’ve never built, trimmed fiberglass and plywood, or worked with Epoxy with micro-balloon fillers, ask an experienced builder for some help.

During the EDF break-in phase (prior to installation) make sure you’ve got your unit running smoothly! This is a very critical step to in-air performance and durability. Keep working with adjustments until you have the EDF running smooth and vibration-free. Vibrations cause excessive loading resulting in motor heat build-up, high power consumption, and also increases the risk of fan failure. You should be able to run your EDF up to full throttle without much vibration. Rule of thumb: if it “tickles” your hand or causes some numbness after a few minutes exposure – you have too much vibration. Please be very careful when holding the EDF during break-in procedures, and keep some exhaust airflow going across the ESC – it gets hot real quick.

Once we cleared our EDF break-in and installation, we moved on to radio components and things went pretty fast. Launching is easiest to accomplish using the included bungee launcher. Draw back the F-16 the recommended distance and essentially let go (with a 20o up angle) and the F-16 will pull right into the air. Maintain about half up elevator at launch and you’ll fly out nice and smooth.

In the air the F-16 is solid as a rock. Aileron maneuvers are extremely fast and crisp. The EDF has plenty of power for some nice steep and even vertical climbouts. Thrust is slightly less than 1:1 but you’ll be happy with the performance. It never felt under-powered through our testing.

Landings are a breeze! Chop the throttle on the downwind, make your turn, and enter a nice long glide path. The F-16 is slippery but as it slows, you maintain perfect control, all the way to touchdown. We found the directions to be accurate for landing procedures – holding a foot or two off the ground while increasing elevator as necessary to maintain altitude – ending in a gentle “plop” on the grass, every time.

Yes, it’s fast and it’s smaller, but DON’T BE AFRAID! If you’re a solid intermediate pilot ready to move towards advanced EDF scale flight, this is a perfect next step!

5X5 Review Scoring

Model Characteristics

Build as Advertised:

Build Instructions and Advertised Difficulty...
4.5 / 5

Finish:

Covering, Paint, Plastic and Decals...
4.5 / 5

Power:

Specified Powerplant Performance...
4.5 / 5

Ground Handling:

Landing Gear, Floats, and Hovering...
5 / 5

Durability:

Model Impact and Transportation Durability...
4 / 5

Pilot Experience

Flight as Advertised:

Flight Experience As Compared To Marketing
5 / 5

Flight Time:

Flight Duration Of Recommended Powerplant
4 / 5

Field Size:

2 Brothers Flying Site Recommendation
Flying Field

Portability:

How Easily The Model Transports Without Damage
4.5 / 5

Skill Level:

2 Brothers Recommended Skill Level
Advanced

Model Specifications

Model Type:

ARF

Wing Span:

22.5 in (570 mm)

Wing Area:

166 in² (10.7 dm²)

Weight:

32-34 oz (910-960 g)

Wing Loading:

27.8-29.5 oz/ft² (85-90 g/dm²)

Length:

34.5 in (875 mm)

Motor Design:

EDF-Inrunner

Motor Wattage:

555

Motor kv:

3790

Motor Size:

24-45-3790

Volt Range:

4S LiPo (14.8 Volts)

Construction:

Fiberglass/Wood

ESC Amperage:

35A

Radio Channels:

4

Included Motor:

24-45-3790

Needed Items:

Radio system with a minimum of 4 channels, 4 micro servos, 35A brushless ESC & 14.8V (4S) 2100-2500mAh LiPo battery

Special Features:

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