Freewing F-104 Starfighter Camo 70mm EDF Jet - PNP
Freewing F-104 Starfighter Camo 70mm EDF Jet - PNP - NJ20112P
Looking for something different for your EDF fleet? Introducing Freewing’s 70mm F-104 Starfighter! Own a piece of aviation history with this sleek and storied interceptor, the “Man in a Missile”!
This aircraft is quite a surprise at the flying field because it flies much more stable than it appears it can. Onlookers will swear that it cannot fly slowly due to the F-104’s iconic stubby wings, but in fact Freewing has optimized their RC rendition to handle gently at a wide flight envelope while remaining as true to scale appearance as possible. The key to its performance is its very low weight, optimized airfoil, and economical power system. A new 70mm 6s 12 blade power system mated with a Hobbywing 60A ESC provides lightweight and efficient power with a 6s 4000mAH battery. The result is an aircraft which can reach top speeds of 90mph, land at 20mph, and fly for four minutes with mixed throttle, while still including the creature comforts we’ve come to expect from Freewing jets like standard flaps and electric retracts.
The 70mm F-104’s size puts it in similar company with Freewing’s 80mm jets, and borrows some of that classes’ features while simplifying on others appropriate for the pricepoint. The magnetic nose cone reduces the long fuselage by nearly 9.5” for easy transport. The wings are removable with screws also, and there is enough slack in the wiring to clear the short carbon spar in the wing. The fuel tank on each wing tip is secured with a sliding plate and two screws for a secure fit. The model flies faster without the fuel tanks, but visibility can become a challenge! There is space under the wooden battery tray to fit a gyro such as the Eagle A3-L, for pilots wanting the added assistance of digital flight stabilization.
We did find that the F-104 is best suited for paved surfaces. The main and nose wheels are 45mm and 35mm, respectively, and the 3mm steel wire struts with metal trunnions are sheathed in plastic like Freewing’s A-10 Warthog. The result is a lightweight landing gear setup which can easily be bent back to shape in the event of a hard landing, but not one which would perform well on taller grass. If operation over tall grass is unavoidable, we recommend hand tossing instead of a traditional rolling takeoff. The wing’s slight anhedral allows the model to skid along its belly and wingtip tanks for stable landings. The model’s EPO foam construction opens up the possibility of fiberglassing directly onto the surface to add strength, durability, and additional customization for pilots wanting to upgrade or customize their F-104.
For pilots who have flown other aircraft in Freewing's 80mm Jet Series, the F-104’s visibility difficulty is similar to the Mirage, while the F-104’s stability is similar to the F-5 or Super Scorpion. Its length can be deceptive; despite being longer than the F-86, the F-104’s wingspan is narrower than the Mirage’s. It truly is a missile with wings! The four tone SEA (“South East Asia”) camouflage color scheme is very easy to see against a blue sky. The solid underside contrasts with the camouflage topside to orient the model during distant maneuvers. The F-104 is optimized to fly our Admiral 6s 4000mAh lipo battery with an EC5 connector. We do not recommend using a larger or heavier battery, for CG and weight concerns. Pre-installed electronics and minimal assembly limits build time to 1-2 hours. The Freewing 70mm F-104 Starfighter is recommended for Intermediate to Advanced pilots only. We recommend that pilots have competent experience with at least two prior EDF jets of this size.
Visit the Official Freewing 70mm F-104 Discussion Thread on HobbySquawk.com for additional photos, videos, reviews, and customer Q&A.
- NEW - 12 Blade factory balanced EDF with powerful 3048-2150kV brushless outrunner motor
- 60 Amp Hobbywing ESC with EC5 connector and 5A BEC
- Durable EPO construction allows for easier repairs in case of flight damage
- Magnetic nose cone, removable wingtip fuel tanks, and removable wings
- Scale sized pilot and historically accurate Vietnam-era livery celebrating the USAF’s 479th TFW
- Electronic retractable landing gear with 3mm steel wire struts and metal trunnions
- Nylon hinges on all control surfaces (superior to foam hinges)
- All electronics come pre-installed for your convenience
- Freewing 70mm F104 USA EDF Jet - PNP
- 6 Channel Radio - Select a minimum 6 channel radio from our Radio Collection
- 6 Channel Receiver - Select a minimum 6 channel receiver from our Receiver Collection
- 6 Cell 22.2V 4000 mAh LiPo Battery with EC5 Connector - EPR40006E
- 6 Cell Compatible Battery Charger - Select a minimum 6 cell (6S) charger from our Charger Collection
656mm / 25.82in
1403mm / 55.23in
1080g / 38.09oz (1675g AUW)
|CG (Center of Gravity)||N/A|
3048-2150kV Brushless Outrunner Motor
Electronic Speed Control
60A, EC5 Connector
Propeller / EDF
70mm 12-Blade EDF
9g standard gear with 300mm lead : nose gear steering, left aileron, right aileron, rudder
|Landing Gear||Full electronic retractable nose and main landing gear with metal trunnions|
6S 22.2V 4000mAh LiPo (required)
6 Channel (required)
|Build Time||1 Hour|
Product Spare Parts
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- November 8, 2017 - The photos of the camo version show the model with the Taiwanese Air Force decal set but this model is shipping with the USAF Vietnam decal set pre-applied.
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Allot of fun
I have 12 flights on this edf and I fly her with a 6 cell 4000 . A blast to fly but the real fun is in the take off's and landings, I had allot of issues because of the ****** landing gear, it was so easy to cause a bounce, but I solved that by installing the upgraded landing gear for the f-16 70mm ,4 flights with the new gear and she settles in so nice...…...
I am now on my 3rd F-104 thanks to a faulty HobbyEagle A3S3 gyro that trashed the first two. I liked the plane enough that once I got a glitch-free gyro I got another F-104 kit. It flies very nicely although it can be hard to orient against a grey sky. I strongly recommend putting the tip-tanks on, which make it easier to see. Take-off and landing are pretty easy considering the small size of the wing. I put a FMS 12B inrunner unit in mine, and can get 5 minute flights with judicious use of the throttle (3300 mAh pack). I've tried up to a 4500 pack but the extra weight makes it less fun to fly. The flaps are effective and don't require a trim change. Doesn't glide too well (ha ha). There is a weak point in the fuselage right at the rear of the nosegear opening, and another at the front of the main gear opening. I reinforced both with glass cloth. It is one of those planes that attracts attention at the field - it looks fast just sitting on the ground.
Build was relatively easy but crashed due to a bad elevator servo on the first flight
Maiden flight successful. Needed lots of UP trim landed just fine 6mph headwind and no flaps
Very attractive plane
Kit quality is excellent, detailing is very good. Flies way better than one might expect from a plane that has such a tiny wing. It certainly attracts attention at the field. Just be aware that it is not a sport aerobatic model and fly it accordingly. Be prepared for very wide turns and for the nose to drop in turns. I found that the Freewing optional metal retracts for the 70mm F-16 drop right in and both look better and give some shock absorption to the landings. I also added an additional magnet to the nose cone, which does tend to fall off easily even on a landing that is quite OK. Battery area is pretty tight and the hatch is small, so be neat with the wiring installation.
Nice plane. Good quality kit.
Nice plane. Good quality kit. Not too keen on the way the ESC mounts, or the stock landing gear legs. I replaced the struts with the upgrade set from the F-16 which fit with no problems.
Beautiful plane but, NOT for beginers
This plane looks fantastic in the air but, is very sensitive to wind; my ailerons low rates are at 30% with 30% expo and the high rate, at 60% and 35% expo. My advice is NOT to use the rates in the manual . I use a LEMON stabilizer for landings only and for windy days. As someone wrote here, it needs lots of speed for taking off but, using the proper speed and flare you could land it in a very short runway. I bought the 4S version they had in the "scratch and dented" section and, it is fast enough for me. I have 6 flies so far with a small mishap during take off (got the plane on the grass) and damaged the nose cone a little. I like it....!
a little additional info
To add to my previous post... there are a couple of things you should keep in mind with this model. First, read all the reviews and learn from some of the tips that others have suggested. The recommended 6S 5000mah battery results in a heavy plane - I am using two 2200mah 3S batteries in series which is about 1/2 the weight and it makes a BIG difference - but you only get about a 3.5 minute flight with a small reserve. I tried two 3S 3300 packs, which only added 2oz.. and although it provided about a minute more of flying time the added weight was really noticeable. On a model with such small wings, extra weight means it takes longer to pull out of a dive, it may not be possible to loop, and when landing its much harder to make a flare (as well as easier to stall). So the lighter configuration is really beneficial and using a big battery may be the reason for some of the bad reviews. Lighter flies better! A LOT better. Use 40C or 50C packs. A flying tip: it glides fine, in fact the low-speed characteristics are really outstanding. But do not land at "idle" - use throttle with the flaps fully down and land "slightly hot", and you'll be able to make a nice flare. Without throttle, you won't flare and it will pancake. (By the way I've done this and the only damage was bent gear legs, which I simply bent back.) My other bit of advice is that the landing gear is strong but has no shock absorbing (no coils). The F-104 will take off and land from short grass without a problem, but the bumps can result in your nose gear being bent just from the takeoff roll. I fly from a field that has a fabric-covered runway (over dirt) and hitting a small bump on the fast takeoff can result in the model being thrown right into the air! And the nose can fall off (so add 2 more magnets, no big deal). Anyway I am going to replace the nose gear strut with one that has a coil. Its not hard to make one yourself from music wire. The original one is held in with a c-clip. If you fly from smooth pavement this isn't a problem.
One more nice review to the group here...
After watching Don fly his at a local field (see the review below) I decided to get one for myself! I really like this model - its definitely not for a beginner but I appreciate it a great deal. I have 6 flights on mine now so I'd like to contribute a few tidbits. I used two 3-cell 50C 2200mah packs in series (to save weight) and they work really well - but the flight time is only 3.5 minutes. I'm going to try Motion RC's 3700mah 3-cell packs, that should bump up the time with a minimal increase in weight. Comments about the model: I definitely recommend you add more magnets to the nose cone, mine has fallen off 3 times (each time I hit a bump ion the runway). The landing gear is robust but I have been having problems with the wires bending (again, simply due to bumps in the runway). If you fly off a nice smooth surface this won't be much of an issue. I would recommend not flying this model off a bumpy surface. It needs a smooth runway to get up to speed for rotation and takeoff. At high speed a small bump can toss it into the air (and the nose will fall off). The model is maneuverable and easy to fly - as long as the rates aren't too large. High speed passes are completely awesome with a roaring moan from the intakes as well!! It flies well at slow speed, just don't push it. Deploying flaps results in some pitch-down, so mix in a little "up" elevator and its perfect. With the flaps all the way down, the model slows down nicely but you need to add some throttle, otherwise you will not be able to flare at all. The model remains very responsive to the controls at low speed - but don't land at idle with flaps out. Control the rate of descent by adding throttle and land fast,,, and you'll be able to make a beautiful flare.