The FMS 1400mm BF-109F is finally available in the new brown color scheme. Our favorite feature on this plane is the unique "multi-stage" split flaps. This is in addition to servoless retracts, lights, and the usual FMS top quality construction. While the BF-109 is certainly enjoyable to look at on the ground, it is even more enjoyable to fly. The FMS BF109 has great vertical ability due to the larger motor and three blade prop. Flight manners are very good. The BF109 looks as unique in the air as it does on the ground.
Skill Level: Intermediate Build Time: 2 hours Recommended Age: 14 and up
FEATURE VIDEO: Flight Demo of the FMS 1400mm BF-109
1400mm / 55.2in
1300mm / 51.2in
4250-Kv580 Brushless Motor
65A ESC, Internal 5A SBEC, T Connector
Propeller / EDF
15x8 Three Blade Propeller
Servoless Electric Retracts
14.8V 2600-3000mAh 25C 4 cell LiPo
FEATURE VIDEO: FMS BF 109 Hobby Eagle GYRO Flight Demo
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Posted by Josh Rickard on 28th Feb 2015
Upon opening the package I was thoroughly impressed with how large this bird is! Assemble is pretty much straight forward, relatively easy, but is time consuming. I did put a few extra hours into it and did some "cooling" modifications, replaced the ESC with an 85 amp, painted the guns and exhaust, and tweaked the wheel pants using some heat to fully seal onto the wing once they were retracted for a clean fit. Everything else on the plane fits very well.
Balancing the prop can pose a bit of a challenge as it has a large diameter. (I have a smaller prop balancer) Installing the spinner/cover caused the prop to become horribly out of balance on the plane. I rotated the spinner from the prop, gave it static throttle for a test, rotated once more, then it was better and left it there. (you will have 3 rotations for a full 360) if that makes sense what I am saying.
Flight was everything everyone says; you MUST keep on that rudder on take off but in flight she is an arrow. Those retracts are just soo darn awesome to watch going up and down in flight that I will swing the plane around, line up the plane with a good approach view and flip the switch to watch them retract.
Problems.. The elevator control rods bind really bad inside the tubes. This has been causing poor response, stressful flights, and a few hard landings. (found out those retracts are quite sturdy tho! lol) I have tried a dry silicon lube and also graphite inside the tubes to reduce the friction, however I may have to replace the rods to a slightly smaller diameter for a final fix.
The pros.. Wow does this bird have power! give it a full throttle run past you and be amazed by the speed! Pull it vertical and it keeps climbing! Initial trim-in required minor adjustments. She flies with authority, looks fantastic in the air, and I really like the different colors from top to bottom. Flaps really slow it down to what seems like an almost hover. I used a 4s 2800 and got about 3ish min flights but she was a bit tail heavy using that battery. Recently I got a 4s 4000 Admiral and it fits with room to spare still. Yet to fly it with that battery tho.
Overall a fantastic plane for you warbird fans and a great one for the collection. If I had no issues with the elevator I would have given it a full 5 star rating.
Posted by Paul H Lange on 17th Dec 2014
I am thoroughly impressed with the fitment, detail and most importantly ...the flight performance of this model. The build was super straight forward easy. It seems bigger than the numbers suggest....perhaps because it's nearly as long as its wingspan. It took me a couple of passes in the maiden to come to grips at its speed...very deceptive since the model is pretty quiet with a balanced prop assembly....this thing will move on a fresh battery if you give it all the berries!!!!
At first I thought my motor thrust offset was wrong....so I used washers to match the nose cowling. I then took all it all back out and set it back to complete stock set up.....flies perfectly. Loads of power and with the huge bomb this thing is very beefy in flight. In fact I have shared the sky with much larger gassers and found that I needed to back off to at least 50% in order to stay in formation....easily able to overtake or run away from most without much fan fare. I found the white wing tips and spinner are easily tracked in flight. Wing tip LED's are large in the wing tips so low light flying is a real treat. Flaps slow this aircraft to a very slow speed thus landings can be smooth as silk....however we are best advised to power all the way down to the mains and use full elevator up as always on grass field.
Flight times look to be 7-8 minutes via 4s 40C 3300mAh LiPo at mixed throttle. I also deployed, maidened and fly with the A3 Pro SE Gyro.....what a joy to fly. This thing is honey sweet smooth and looks menacing in the air...another must have flyer.....and that's what is most important to me.....but there is a challenge due to the narrow landing gear stance as it can roll out on a wing tip if you turn too quick during ground maneuvering.... this adds to the character of the model
Five Stars static display
Five Stars ease of build
Five Stars flight performance
Five Starts flight duration
Posted by Silvio Sandvoss on 29th Nov 2014
All in all its a beauty! Love the upgraded retracts, over all looks are awesome and flys GREAT! Gave it 4 stars because thus far with every FMS model I bought I had issues with at least one aileron or flap servos that just quit. On the BF109F it was the aileron and the FW190 the flap servo failed. But I have to say that MotionRC has fantastic customer service and are always ready to help resolve any issues. Thank you!
Posted by Nicholas Kazantzidis on 7th Sep 2014
The Build is easy and fun. The flight performance is great and a joy. Then there is the take off. Taking off is a not easy with this plane even if you are on a paved runway. I am sure for the more advanced pilots they can get her up without flipping her. For a newer more intermediate pilot, all you need to do is pick up the Eagle A3 Gyro for $22 and you will be extremely happy all around. There is even a video by Motion on YouTube demonstrating the difference. Trust me, it is a must to get the Gyro if you get this plane.
Posted by Josh Rickard on 6th Sep 2014
Assembly while adding modifications provided by RC Informer, took some time, but are well worth it. The plane looks great and flies fantastic! Don't let her size fool you for speed and performance. One of the fastest and most powerful birds I have.
Like everyone states, she is a mess taking off... well not really as long as you know how to manage rudder control. However if you do not have a rudder thumb, it will be a mess and take-off will be impossible. She does turn hard when taking off even with the most gentle throttle inputs. That's just the way these birds flew back in WWII.
Holding her straight on take-off, she lifts with grace and beauty, however once those landing gears and flaps are up, she turns into a war killing machine and flies with angry authority! Vertical full power is almost endless, rolls are precision, full speed fly-by"s are amazing!
Landing with flaps requires little air speed and she really moves slow. I really enjoy this bird. I am using a 2800Mah pack and around the 3:20 min mark. Landing with approx. 40% batt left. Using mid throttle most of the time.
I have 2 complaints;
1. The prop/cone is just a terd to balance. Its very large and awkward, but it is a large plane. =D
2. One of the main landing gear retracts failed. It will not retract out anymore. She has had 8 flights and the typical brand new, trim-ins with the gears that is needed to be performed a few times, to verify operation and proper seating. Failure of the retract caused a nasty emergency landing my last flight. Sadly, that was her last flight. I haven't enough money to replace failed/damaged parts and the warranty expired a few weeks after it failed. (Go figure)
If you are looking at this bird, know how to manage rudder control on take-off, and want simply a fun war bird, go click that "add to cart" button. This plane is well worth the coin spent to buy it.
Posted by Frank on 16th Aug 2014
Just finished the build today and it was a GREAT experience! I took my time put some classic rock on and had a beer or two = ) Building it was half the fun. Do not rush it. Just relax and do it right the first time. Came together great. Only thing you have to do is make sure the motor is connected to the ESC and program the throttle control on the ESC. My motor would start at half throttle. Do this by plugging in the bat to the ESC through your reciever and having your throttle up to full on your transmitter. The esc will beep twice then quickly throw the throttle down to low then the esc will beep twice again confirming the throttle low position. Then you will good to go! All in all a beautiful plane. I feel like i now own a piece of history.
Posted by Unknown on 18th Jul 2014
I previously wrote a review titled "Nice BF109 without the Lengthy Build". The plane now has around 100 flights on it. The BF109 is the FASTEST of all the FMS warbirds. Guys are buying after market motors and ESCs and trying 5 cell packs just to keep up with me. All I did was balance my prop and increase the space between the spinner and fuselage to 1/8 inch. The motor mount does twist and flex in flight yielding to torque and precession. The addition spacing allows for this without rubbing and throwing off the prop/spinner balance. Also, I did open a small inlet for motor cooling. And at about 75 flights my motor slung some of its windings out far enough to be sheered off by the stator. It still ran. And it was still fast. But I replaced it before failure because I do value this model. Its been great fun. If you have friends with other FMS warbird it is a ball to chase each other around. All of the FMS warbirds are good. But not all are fast. The Zeros and the Mustangs are slow. The BF109 and the FW190 are the fastest. The Mustang drivers have been upgrading their drive systems and are achieving good speed.
Posted by Marco Camargos on 10th Jun 2014
The manual version is green and not brown, this manual is old seems photocopying, remaining two pieces that do not know what for.
Missing details in this manual as the range of motion commands.
Posted by Chris H. on 30th Jan 2014
Great to fly! Plenty of power and comes to life with a large MAH battery (3500 and up). Unforgiving on takeoff, especially on a grass field with an uneven surface. I recommend installing a rudder gyro and enjoy flying. Trust me, if the Germans could have placed a rudder gyro in their 109s they would have! Very durable airframe but, the landing gear shaft will bend on a hard landing. Don't be concerned, dive in and you will not regret it.
Posted by Kevin Goodspeed on 7th Jan 2014
Despite a few minor issues with the build (one of the flaps hinging was so thin it had ripped away; but an easy fix), this plane went together well. Take ultra care when gluing the metal bar that connects the two horizontal stabilizer halves. I would suggest mounting the wing, and so you have something to align against when positioning the tail while the glue sets.
As with the original, this plane is squirrely on the ground, and it will take slow throttle acceleration with the proper amount of right rudder to get this bird off the ground in a somewhat realistic fashion. Otherwise it will be one of those rocket takeoffs yawing drastically to the left.
Once in the air, this plane takes on a whole different personality. While moody and finicky on the ground, in the air it is a smooth and very maneuverable, and can perform most aerobatics without an effort. Flying inverted no worries.
With the flaps deployed (they look too cool with the split levels), the plane slows down nicely, and landing is easy, until your wheels touch. Then it’s back to slow throttle manipulation and a good left thumb for rudder as needed.
I love this plane.
I bought it in the green and white camo, and after 5 flights took the decals off, and with some fine sanding and putty, and some great Acrylic paint, I now have the F-4 Trop as flown by Hans-Joachim Marseille.
It’s a beautiful plane, and a part of aviation history. I have 7+ flights on it now.
I hope FMS keeps improving details and functions (I'd like to see compression gear in all their warbirds), because it will get really fun!
As for MotionRC, I have dealt with many hobby outlets, and these guys are the real deal. They provide great service. Orders leave their warehouse within 12 hours normally. If something is wrong, they right it. I won't shop anywhere else.
Thanks FMS and MotionRC!!!!!
Posted by David Tsen on 12th Nov 2013
I agree with the other reviewers that take-offs with this airplane is for the experienced flyer. Once the airplane is airborn, the right and down thrusts of the motor causes the plane to fly straight as an arrow, with almost no rudder coupling. Landing is a breeze with the flaps. The stock motor with stock propellers installed without modification generated 860 watts of power on 4s, 4000mAh 40c lipos. I must warn that a 2x1" air inlet must be opened up on the bottom of the fuselage cowl to allow for proper cooling of the motor (not in the instruction). I did have significant overheating of the motor, in which the generated heat transferred to the prop shaft and caused softening of the backplate of the spinner, necessitating replacement of the warped spinner backplate. Craftsmanship is excellent.
Posted by Unknown on 27th Oct 2013
Here is a lean, mean, light and tight 109 with no fuss. I can't get over it. It flys nice. I looks great. I'm using 4000mah packs which give great duration. Its a little PIOey on landing. I had to dial the flaps way back and slow down the elevator and even add 3/4oz. to the nose. But it lands easily now. And the tail wheel doesn't turn very much so you don't have a fighting chance in a crosswind once the tail wheel is on the ground. But, choose your days wisely and try to land into the wind and its just fine. Be the BAD guy to all those Mustangs at the field ! You are the Hun in the Sun !
Posted by Will Haufe on 6th Oct 2013
I was extremely satisfied with the quality and detail of my BF 109. Once in the air it handles very well. Plenty of power for climbs and combat rolls. Be aware that take offs are a little tricky. It suffers from left turning tendencies if you pull up before getting enough speed for the control surfaces to have their desired effect. Other than that, it is a real pleasure to fly and it is very well made. As will all pre-assembled planes, make sure you add a little extra glue to hold all of the servos in place and make sure all of the wires are securely fastened.
Posted by Unknown on 22nd Jul 2013
It`s been unusually windy for this time of year,here, and I have been busy !..Will not be flying this MERSSERSCHMITT 109-F for some time..Sure, I will be pleased though,from my research on this 55-INCH-FMS Bf-109-f..Will write a review when i get the chance to fly this 109......_A_T_T_E_N_T_I_ON_: Motion R/C..I need you to notify me on the FREEWING 50-INCH/FW-190/A-Series when it is received..Earlier on my 1st Inquiry APPX. 2-months ago..MOTION was EXpecting the FREEWING 190 in appx. 2 and 1/2-months quoted to me..ALL the BEST....Regards...............................
Posted by Russell Cook on 19th Jul 2013
Great looking with full size characteristics .
Takeoffs can be very realistic , landings also .
Flaps very effective , slows nice .
A fun to fly aircraft .
Capt . Russ Cook
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