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Freewing F-104 Starfighter Silver 70mm EDF Jet - ARF PLUS

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Freewing 70mm F-104 Starfighter Silver 70mm EDF Jet - ARF PLUS - FN20131A+

Lockheed Martin Officially Licensed Product

Version Info: This is the ARF+ version for pilots who wish to install their own power system. All primary electronics including servos and landing gear come pre-installed, just add your own power system (EDF, motor, and ESC) to begin flying.

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 silver color scheme is very easy to see against a blue sky. 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.

Features:

  • Model officially licensed by Lockheed Martin
  • Durable EPO construction allows for easier repairs in case of flight damage
  • Magnetic nose cone, removable wingtip fuel tanks, and removable wings and scale sized pilot
  • 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

Includes:

  • Freewing 70mm F-104 Silver EDF Jet - ARF PLUS

Requires:

  • 6-12 Blade EDF Power System - Click Here for recommendations
  • 60A ESC with EC5 connector - Click Here for recommendations
  • 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 - EPR40006E
  • 6 Cell Compatible Battery Charger - Select a minimum 6 cell (6S) charger from our Charger Collection

Product Specifications:

AGE LEVEL : 14 and up
SKILL LEVEL : intermediate
BUILD TIME : 1 hour

Wingspan

656mm / 25.82in

Length

1403mm / 55.23in

Weight

1080g / 38.09oz (1675g AUW)

CG (Center of Gravity)N/A

Suggested Power System

3048-2150kV Brushless Outrunner Motor (suggested)

Suggested Electronic Speed Control

60A, EC5 Connector (suggested)

Suggested Propeller / EDF

70mm 12-Blade EDF (suggested)

Servos

9g digital gear standard with 100mm lead : left flap
9g digital gear reverse with 100mm lead : right flap
9g digital gear standard with 300mm lead : nose gear steering, left aileron, right aileron, rudder, elevator

Landing GearFull electronic retractable nose and main landing gear with metal trunnions

Required Battery

6S 22.2V 4000mAh LiPo (required)

Required Radio

6 Channel (required)

AileronsYes

Elevator

Yes

RudderYes

Flaps

Yes

Lights

No

Hinge Type

Nylon hinges

MaterialEPO Foam
Skill LevelIntermediate
Build Time1 Hour
Recommended EnvironmentOutdoor

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Product Updates:

  • 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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08/16/2019
BARRY W.
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Freewing F-104 Starfighter Silver 70mm EDF

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01/27/2019
steven h.
United States

F 104 70mm

Great flying jet. I think it flies and lands much easier than the 90 mm f 104 A great crowd pleaser. i also have the Camo f 104

AB
12/27/2018
Andy B.
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A DEADLY - DEADLY HONEYDEW! FAST!!!

This was really something awesome - Be careful where you fly her! She takes a lot, and I mean A LOT of room to takeoff and land! Speeds were scary,scary fast. I was shaking so much after a minute I had to come in and land. Haven't had a plane make me feel that way in almost a decade. Sounds like a real jet whooshing by - flies nicely at 1/5 - 3/4 throttle once at altitude. Expect 3-4 minutes MAX flight time on a 4000mah 6s. Set your timer for 3 minutes to be safe. Landings with full flaps were still hot and the rollout is very long, so be sure you have the room! Sturdy model overall - tip tanks are a godsend for visibility. Retracts seem to be good! Using Zippy 6s 4000mah - fits right in - Normal 6ch receiver - nothing fancy. Plan where you are going to fly this bird before you do - any crash with her at speed is going to be spectacular. Not disappointed! Andy from Durham, NC

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09/05/2018
Tony P.
United States
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F104

Very fast, small footprint in the air but hard to see, paint wing tips for better visability. Love the looks, one of my favorites.caution not for beginners.

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03/20/2018
Victor S.
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My F-104 red Indian paint scheme maiden

I hate the butcher up a beautifully well done paint scheme, but I did a scheme that I haven't seen done in a while I chose the red Indian paint scheme Ika the toothbrush scheme. I also put the RC Geeks Center burner. https://youtu.be/96NwEwJ18BA https://youtu.be/qTiZ7Q6eR1A

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02/24/2017
Neil S.

Scary little man

Hi, when I received my R/C F-104, I was so excited. I pulled it out of the box. Upon closer look, the little plastic pilot in the cockpit yelled out, "**** a ****** for mommy!" I don't know how you guys did that, but it was AWESOME!! Thanks again!

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