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Freewing F-104 Starfighter Silver 90mm EDF Jet - PNP

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Freewing F-104 Starfighter Silver 90mm EDF Jet - PNP - FJ31011P

Lockheed Martin Officially Licensed Product

Following up on their popular 70mm variant, Freewing has answered the many customer calls to scale up their F-104 Starfighter and give it the full "90mm Super Scale" treatment. The Freewing 90mm F-104 boasts a host of features that until recently were unimaginable in the foam electric market for this price point such as scale operating landing gear CNC machined from durable 6061 aluminum, completely removable flying surfaces, pre-installed gyro flight stabilizer, functional speed brakes, and a pre-installed LED afterburner ring. Additional features include sequenced landing gear doors, an integrated circuit board to simplify wiring, LED formation lights, magnetic nose cone, removable tip tanks, and plastic details including a molded tail cone. 

The Plug and Play (PNP) version includes a powerful 1550kv outrunner motor and 130A ESC, and is designed for the common 6s 5000mah lipo battery size used in other Freewing jets. Intended as a "Scale Plus" flyer, the Freewing F104 Starfighter excels in scale maneuvers, stable flat passes, fast rolls, and tall loops. It looks like a rocket sprinting upwards toward the sun! The F-104 has a predictable glideslope, and its landing attitude will be familiar to those who have flown the Freewing F-16. 

The Freewing 90mm F-104 Starfighterc includes pre-installed Freewing E51 Gyro. The E51 Gyro stabilizes the flight handling of the aircraft in all three axes, contributing to a more accessible control experience. The Gyro gains can be adjusted separately for the Aileron, Elevator, and Rudder channels. A remote On/Off function requires an additional channel on your receiver, and is recommended for initial flights until the Gyro is adjusted to your personal preference.

The Freewing 90mm F-104 Starfighter 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 Freewing F-104 cruises at 50% throttle and we measured an average top speed of 92mph in level flight. With mixed throttle, an Admiral 6s 5000 mAh 50c battery gives 3-4 minutes of flight. With its scale landing gear, iconic profile, and other details, the Freewing 90mm F-104 Starfighter will be standout in your hangar and at your flying field! 

  Visit the Official Freewing 90mm F-104 Discussion Thread on HobbySquawk.com for additional photos, videos, reviews, and customer Q&A.

Features:

  • Model officially licensed by Lockheed Martin
  • The world's largest foam electric ducted fan model of the F-104 Starfighter
  • 12 Blade factory balanced EDF with metal housing combined with 3748-1550KV brushless outrunner motor produces realistic jet turbine sound 
  • Hobbywing 130 Amp Hobbywing ESC with 8A UBEC
  • Electric retracts with scale, shock-absorbing struts and main operation, CNC'd from 6061 aluminum and suitable for pavement or short grass
  • Sequenced gear doors provide added realism and reduced drag
  • Removeable wings, stabilators, and nose cone for easy transport and compact storage
  • Machine screws and brass threaded inserts are used to attach the wings for a secure fit and longevity
  • Gap-less hinges on all flight surfaces for scale appearance
  • Bright LED navigation lights for enhanced realism and dawn/dusk maneuvers
  • Pre-installed LED afterburner
  • Speed brakes (Requires 8th Channel)
  • Carbon fiber wing spars and reinforced body parts
  • Upgraded pushrod clevis and metal ball head connectors on elevators provide a robust connection between servo and control surface and eliminate "play"
  • Nylon hinges on all control surfaces
  • 95% glue-less assembly
  • All electronics and components are pre-installed for your convenience. Just plug in your receiver and battery, and fly!

Includes:

  • Freewing F-104 Starfighter Silver 90mm EDF Jet - PNP

Requires:

  • 8 Channel Radio - Select a minimum 8 channel radio from our Radio Collection 
  • 8 Channel Receiver - Select a minimum 8 channel receiver from our Receiver Collection (Aileron, Elevator, Throttle, Rudder, Gear, Flaps, Gyro on/off, Air Brakes)
  • 6 Cell 22.2V 5000 mAh 50c Lipo Battery with EC5 Connector - EPR50006
  • 6 Cell Compatible Battery Charger - Select a minimum 6 cell (6S) charger from our Charger Collection

Product Specifications:

AGE LEVEL : 18 and up
SKILL LEVEL : Expert
BUILD TIME : 1 Hour

Wingspan

755mm / 29.73in

Length

1522mm / 59.92in

Flying Weight

3550g / 125.22oz

CG (Center of Gravity)78mm from the leading edge of the wing at the root

Power System

3748-1550kV Brushless Outrunner Motor with 3150g thrust (PNP only)

Electronic Speed Control

130A ESC, 8A UBEC, EC5 Connector (PNP only)

Propeller / EDF

90mm Metal Housing EDF with 12 Blade Fan (PNP only)

Servos

9g metal gear standard with 300mm lead : left main gear door
9g metal gear standard with 100mm lead : nose landing gear steering
9g metal gear reverse with 100mm lead : nose gear door, right main gear door
17g metal gear standard with 300mm lead : left aileron, right aileron
17g metal gear standard with 550mm lead : rudder, left elevator, right elevator

Landing GearCNC electric retracts with scale, shock-absorbing struts and main operation

Required Battery

6S 22.2V 5000mAh 50C LiPo with EC5 connector (not included)

Required Radio

Minimum 7 Channel (required)

AileronsYes

Elevator

Yes

RudderYes

Flaps

Yes

Lights

Yes

Hinge Type

Nylon hinges

MaterialEPO Foam
Skill LevelExpert
Build Time2 Hours
Recommended EnvironmentOutdoor

Product Spare Parts

Product Questions & Answers

NOTE: Questions submitted on this page are answered by customers who have previously purchased this item. If you have a support related question that requires immediate assistance, please visit our Help Center.

Product Support

Tech Notes / Product Updates

  • Please check to make sure that all control horns are securely glued into the foam wing and stabilizer surfaces before flying the aircraft.  If any control horn is loose, apply extra glue to ensure the control horn has a strong bond to the foam.  
  • The servo used for the air brakes can be found here.
  • The included Freewing gyro is not compatible with any of the Spektrum telemetry receivers.

Product Manuals / Addendum

If you need any additional assistance, please visit the Motion RC Help Center

Product Reviews

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CK
01/23/2019
CHARILAOS K.
Greece
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Freewing F-104 Starfighter Silver 90mm EDF Jet - PNP

small deformation of left main landing gear door(it is partially blended). small unfitting of the two parts of fuselage,still no operated or flown yet .

CB
12/23/2018
Craig B.
United States
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CG Troubles - Nicely Detailed Excellent main gear.

Agree with everything on other reviews. The control panel and pluging in all the lighting is a pain but not a real problem. The quality of this plane is a little below the other more recent FW aircraft. But there is an excellent amount of detail. The main landing gear are really incredible. A lot of work went into getting this looking scale. This is one very cool aircraft. My issue is that the plane will NOT CG correctly. If I put the 5000mah Admiral in the position recommended by MRC it puts the CG at 90mm. Even with the battery as far FORWARD as possible the CG is still way too far back. Only with the battery so far forward the canopy will just go on AND 2.5 oz of lead in front of the Gyro will the plane CG at 78 mm or just behind the forward wing screws. If anyone else has this problem please let me know. Yes, I am balanced properly with the addition of lead but why is my 104 different. BTW took the EDF out and it weighs 400 grams (Just right). Shoved the EDF as far forward as possible and I was still 8 mm aft of the correct CG. Not at all a new guy and have a number of 90mm EDFs. This is the first time I have ever had an issue like this. Will try to fly tomorrow and see if I come home with foam confetti.

PM
12/03/2018
Peter M.
United States
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Customer review F-104

Models both an F-104C and F-104S with the addition of the aft fuselage ventral fin pair. An impressive surprisingly large heavy jet, with a high wing loading matching the scale flight characteristics of the full size F-104. Very rewarding flights for the advanced jet Pilot. Freewing and Motion R/C appear to have addressed prior structural concerns and issues in earlier releases incorporating a number of structural upgrades such as an improved horizontal tail control fitting. Unforgiving in flight a very rewarding EDF to work toward.

DL
11/09/2018
Darryl L.
United States

F-104

This is my second one, I didn't try the gyro on the first one but on this one I did and it flies a whole lot better with a gyro. Kit went together nicely, no issues with assembly but it did have a bad control board, thought I had a couple of bad servos as well but they worked fine when I bypassed the control board, so it was the board that was the problem, opened a ticket with MRC and they sent out replacement parts ASAP. They have the best customer service around that's for sure. Flies great and fast but I don't recommend it if your a beginner.

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DA
10/21/2018
Donald A.
United States
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Freewing's Surprize Rat's Nest

Freewing surprised me with their F-104 Starfighter 90mm EDF model, that had a rat's nest of wiring inside the fuselage with hardly anything connected to the intergrated circuit module control board. There are 17 servo style connection points and 9 LED connection points on the control board and only 7 had leads connected to the board. None of the LED leads were labled, so it was trial and error to determine what plugged into where. I still haven't figured out why the outboard gear door on the starboard main landing gear won't operate even though the main gear will come down. Also the landing light on that main gear won't turn on either.

TA
07/29/2018
Tor A.
Norway
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Great performance and value for money.

The plane flies better than I expected for a decently scale rendition of a Starfighter. The landing gear is strong and it has no problems getting in the air on our bumpy field with thick astroturf. It can fly extremely fast on the stock PNP setup so I'm impressed with the performance, yet slows down nicely for landing with flaps. I haven't tried using the speed brakes yet. It sounds very jet like and smooth. The only thing I don't like is the servo connections to the wings. They are very short and are difficult to reach and connect. They should have used an integrated connector that automatically joins when the wings are attached. I need to remove at least one wing to be able to fit several planes in my car. The left landing gear was toed in a little too much out of the box so it would crab a little when taxiing, but it wasn't noticeable when taking off or landing. I refinished mine in norwegian livery by removing the stock decals, painting it with chrome, white and black, and applying some new decals.

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03/21/2018
Russell W.
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Freewing 90mm F104 silver

I love this plane, if something were to happen to it I would get another. It works great on well manicured grass. The manual is good, the stated CG and control throws were good. I did find that the manual's stated high rate down elevator throw would make hard contact with the rudder. I ended up with 40mm up and 35mm down. Almost no trim needed on maiden. I'm still working with the gyro, it will wing wobble bad in wind until you get the gyro right. I was lucky to have a buddy at our field who not only is an Expert but also flies one of these.

SF
02/16/2018
Steven F.

Freewing F-104G Starfighter

This is my first ducted fan jet after flying R/C for about 45 years. Out of the box assembly was pretty straight forward, the only thing that slowed me up was all the connections to the board. Took a while to figure out which direction the plugs needed to be inserted. first flight was accomplished at our flying field which is a large lot with a lot of stones and debris. I was worried about ******* some of it into the fan but after 11 flights no signs of damage. Back to the first flight I wasn't quite prepared for the long take-off run, but didn't want to try and force it into the air. I finally figured I had enough speed and really came back on the elevator. It immediately came off the ground and headed for Mars. It cooks along pretty good at 50% power, enough that I haven't tried 100% yet. Flight quality is excellent but getting the right speed for landing even with full flaps is a challenge. Out of my 11 flights up till now I have 1 good landing and 10 not so good. I had the nose gear door servo go bad after the 3rd flight, and Motion replaced it right away. I find it a well built, well engineered product and would gladly buy another if I needed to. Once I get a few more flights under my belt I'll bump it up to full throttle see just how fast it really is.

JC
01/26/2018
Jose C.

F104 90mm

Missing elevator ,lots of scratches,dentacion and some the connecting wire not labeled

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