Freewing F-8 Crusader 64mm EDF Jet - PNP
64mm Freewing F-8 Crusader - Receiver Ready (PNP) - FJ10811P
The F-8 Crusader is revered as “The Last Gunfighter” because it was the final American fighter designed with guns as its principal armament. First flying in 1955 before playing a pivotal reconnaissance role in the Cuban Missile Crisis and serving with distinction in Vietnam, over 1,200 aircraft were built across many different variants. Revered as a “MiG Master” for its speed and lethality with both its guns and Sidewinder missiles, the F-8 Crusader earned a 19:3 kill ratio in air combat during the Vietnam conflict and went on to faithfully serve the US Navy and Marine Corps for three decades, even serving as a testbed platform with NASA to spearhead innovations that continue to impact modern aircraft design to this day.
Freewing and Motion RC are proud to present our rendition of the F-8 Crusader! Continuing the popularity of our Freewing Stinger 64, F9F Panther, and F-22 Raptor, the F-8 Crusader reintroduces our 64mm “Park Jet” series to pilots seeking standoff scale appearance of rarely modeled aircraft in an affordable and easy to own package.
The Freewing 64mm F-8 Crusader is designed to be an ideal first hand launch EDF, for novice pilots wanting to learn how an EDF jet handles versus a propeller driven model aircraft of a similar size. The Crusader’s high wing and ample thrust give the model good stability, even at low speeds. Assembly is straightforward, and using only two servos minimizes weight, complexity, and cost. The F-8 Crusader is configured to be flown using a radio that has Elevon mixing, as each side’s aileron and elevator surface are connected together. The model’s low wing loading and manageable slow speed handling in the landing pattern negated the need for a heavy and costly variable incidence wing. The battery bay can also accommodate a small gyro for additional stabilization.
Powered by an efficient 64mm 5 blade EDF fan unit, 30A ESC and 2627-4500kv brushless outrunner motor, the Freewing 64mm F-8 Crusader reaches a top speed of 110kph/68mph on an inexpensive 3s 1000mAh-2200mAh lipo battery with XT60 connector. While designed with simplified flight control surfaces and intended for hand launches and belly landing on grass runways, an optional landing gear set is sold separately for steerable operation on paved runways.
Being optimized for low cost doesn’t mean this Crusader lacks in scale appearance. Tired of generic looking mini EDF trainers? We believe even new pilots to the RC Flying hobby still appreciate the scale factor and historical pedigree of a tried and true warfighter, and the Crusader delivers top marks in its class. An accurate livery depicting Fighter Squadron VF-162, “The Hunters”, USS Oriskany 1968, is factory applied with low sheen waterslide decals, and the overall dimension of the model is true to scale, down to the asymmetric fuselage blisters, iconic gun ports, and silver painted leading edges. The livery we selected honors the aircraft flown by Commander Richard M. Bellinger, in which he was the first US Naval aviator to shoot down a MiG-21.
Earn your wings with this low cost and high value EDF jet, the Freewing F-8 Crusader!
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- Durable EPO Foam and Reinforced Construction
- Realistic Shape and Detailing
- Historical Livery Honoring US Naval Aviator
- Dynamically Balanced 5 Blade EDF Fan For Efficient Power
- Minimal Assembly
- Optional Steerable Landing Gear (Sold Separately)
- Freewing F-8 Crusader 64mm EDF Jet - PNP
- 4 Channel Radio - Select a minimum 4 channel radio from our Radio Collection
- 4 Channel Receiver - Select a minimum 4 channel receiver from our Receiver Collection
- 3 Cell 11.1V 1000 - 2200 mAh Li-Po Battery with XT60 Connector - We Recommend the Admiral 3s 11.1V 1600mAh Li-Po Battery with XT60 Connector
- 3 Cell Compatible Battery Charger - Select a minimum 3 cell (3S) charger from our Charger Collection
30A, Internal BEC with XT60 Connector
Propeller / EDF
9g standard with 300mm lead : left aileron, right aileron
3S 11.1V 1000 - 2200 mAh to 1800mAh 3 cell LiPo with XT60 Connector
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Please look at previous reviews for more information on throw and CG changes. This video is the maiden flight after the rebuild. Have fun and happy landings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-BXSq7a1Fk&t=64s
I bought this, then shortly after the thunderchief and P.15, reviewed the thunderchief, which is fab too, although reviews criticize it being under powered, it's not in the air, with a hard throw and using a lighter battery (1300/75c) I haven't any trouble. But the crusader is the easiest to hand launch out of the three. None are easy models to fly, says "intermediate".. I think it's the upper end of intermediate, or advanced intermediate as they call it. They are my favorite models to fly ATM and I can't see that buzz going anywhere! I really really enjoy flying these! I have so much pleasure in these I can't rate highly enough. MotionRC are proving the go-to-place for quality, value and service. I'm hope them all every success. Anyway.. Get the crusader, it's impossible to be disappointed. If anyone at motion reads this.. I'm waiting for the next! Maybe an RAF, TORNADO OR HARRIER. Please hurry up Great job. Thank you.
F8 Crusader Re Born
Picking up from my first review where I had flown vertically into the ground from 20ft from a sever tip stall. The resulting damage was the front end of the F8 (nose cone and canopy retainer ledge) was fully broken off and the first 70mm of the fuselage crumpled. As per my first review I decided to put this to one side for spares but I had around 4 days in the workshop on another project with the F8 staring at me. Slowly I decided that the damage dint look so bad and it was worth having a go at repairing it. First job was to glue back the two halves of the canopy and strengthen with glass tape, one hour saw this completed. Then it was time to get out some of the folds on the fuselage using a hairdryer to heat the effected foam and then manipulate the deformed foam back to shape. This task was done by warming the effected area and then bend the effected area back beyond its original shape allow to cool. After cooling it would form back into either the original shape or back out of shape, in case of the later I repeated the process until it was close to its original shape. Once I was happy with the overall shape and canopy fit I applied a strip of carbon (2mm x 10mm) on either side of the inside of the battery bay to add strength into the now weakened area. The next step was to glue the nose cone back on and strengthen with glass taps. The last job was to fit the canopy, hold the canopy and fuselage sides in alignment using Velcro straps and heat the whole area with the hairdryer allowing it to stand over night. This gave a near perfect fit of canopy to fuselage. Now ready for flying I decided to change the set up on the F8 differently than on the first three disastrous flights. I now set the Ailerons to neutral and had 3mm of up elevator. First flight of the reborn F8 using an Admiral 3s 2200mah Lipo. With adrenalin at maximum and a fellow club member launching full power was applied and the F8 was launched with a brisk throw and the nose up at 30deg. What was all the fuss about no nose drop on launch, she flew straight and level slowly but safely above stall speed until the air bit then wow. Boy does this thing fly well, fast enough for me but if hi speed is your thing then the 4S is a must. Low 80mph passes are awesome but my favourite is 10ft of the floor grooving figure of 8's. ovals and loops out in front. This is the model I hoped for a good performing EDF that can easily be self hand launched and last around 3 1/2 minutes flying time. Changing the ailerons to neutral and adding the extra up amount of up needed, only to the elevators made all the difference. Yes the front end doesn't look pretty but who's going to see that when its flying? Never say die and persevere its suppressing how things turn out. I have now flown the F8 5 times since the crash/repair self launch is no problem flight times are 3 1/2 minutes with 30% remaining in the Lipo. Great fun great value for money
F8 Crusader Part 1
As always when opening a Freewing box quality hits you straight away from the packaging, to product and service. This is my first 64mm EDF from Freewing purchased as a winter fun model. I expected the usual good avionics and performance straight from the box but thought a 64mm would loose that scale quality looks. I was wrong the scale detail is as good as any of my 90mm Freewing EDF's, paint finish second to none and over all quality the best on the market. I put the F8 together and set throws up as per the book but put 50% expo across all surfaces. The CG was set as per Freewing's suggestion leaving my 3S 2200mah Admiral lipo as far back as possible with the nose slowly dropping when set on the CG rig. The maiden flight was in near perfect condition, a fellow modeler helped with launching for the maiden. The F8 was launched perfectly, good speed and slightly nose up. I am glad this was not a self launch because the F8 left his hand with good speed but went straight into a nose dive. With the elevator stick in full up position the F8 flew out inches from the ground. Leaving here to climb to a safe altitude where up trim could be added, (that is all the trim I could dial in) and level flight was achieved. The F8 tended to drop here nose in the turns indicating a nose heavy model. For the second flight I wound out the clevises on the elevators and ailerons to give the same surface positions that was on after landing but the elevator trim at 0. Once again the F8 dived on launch but not as vicious this time and no trim needed once the model gained momentum. The nose still dropped slightly in the turns so I decided another 5g (15g total) should be added to the very end of the Fuselage. Light was too bad now so the third flight would have to weight. The start setting on a two way switch gave me an extra 3mm of up on all surfaces for the launch phase which would be switched out at a safe height. The extra 5g of lead sat the F8 perfectly horizontal on the CG rig. Another perfect day dawned and it was time for the 3rd flight. The Crusader was launched perfectly again but the death dive ensued once again, Fighting with the controls I managed to flick the start switched to drop the up elevons, this helped but I was now fighting with a very sensitive roll control now. It was hairy but I managed to go through the circuit but then disaster turning into wind. The F8 tipped stalled into an unrecoverable spin and a devastating ending. I feel a gyro is needed in this plane but for me another £120 is not worth another go. Don't get me wrong this is a wonderful plane of which I had tremendous fun with once past the initial launch issues faced in the first two flights but I have decided to order the 64mm Stinger instead.
Just received my F8 crusader and what can I say.... absolutely fantastic quality.. everything perfectly packaged and delivered in perfect condition the plane looks fantastic the quality of the foam paint decals second to none... cant wait to put it together but that first flight will be nerve racking because it is just too nice to crash.. don't even want to bellyl land it.. thanks Motion RC this has been my first purchase from you ..when funds allow it wont be my last simply the best
Fun for the Money!
First of all, I am impressed with the amount of detail moulded into this plane, especially for the money. The detail is amazing. I very much enjoy this plane and did not expect it to be as stable or fly as well as it does. It is rock solid. I am surprised at how small of an area you can fly this in if you are a somewhat experienced pilot. I do hand launch it with a slight mix of up elevator, but turn that off once it has spooled up fully. I like it so much that I ordered both the Thunderchief and Lippisch. I will eventually add the Mig 15 and Sabre as well. I only wish that it was cheaper to ship to Canada.
F-8 Crusader 64mm EDF
I purchased one used, only had one flight on it, from another person. He had not modded it and it did not have the landing gear/ wheels. This was the second purchase of a Freewing 64mm EDF, the first being the F105 and followed up with the Mig 15 and F9f. The F8 flies and hand lauches similar to the F105. When hand launching it will rapidly sink so be ready for up elevator after release. She cruises just fine, but I have found that the F8 will rock and wiggle more than the F105 in the same wind, possibly due to a combination of more surface area on the rudder and or ventral fins. The color scheme is fabulous but will quickly blend into gray or white skies, with the black on the rudder and nose helping orientation under those conditions. I find the Crusader a very nice flyer, with the noted wing rock, and I especially like the carbon fiber on the control rods. I would say that would be a good thing for Freewing to do to all of their 64mm EDFs.
Very good quality