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 1650kv 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.
755mm / 29.73in
1720mm / 67.71n
3550g / 125.22oz
|CG (Center of Gravity)||78mm from the leading edge of the wing at the root|
3748-1650kV Brushless Outrunner Motor
Electronic Speed Control
130A ESC, 8A UBEC, EC5 Connector (PNP only)
Propeller / EDF
90mm Metal Housing EDF with 12 Blade Fan (PNP only)
9g metal gear standard with 300mm lead : left main gear door
|Landing Gear||CNC electric retracts with scale, shock-absorbing struts and main operation|
6S 22.2V 5000mAh 50C LiPo with EC5 connector (not included)
Minimum 7 Channel (required)
|Build Time||2 Hours|
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Assembly, not rly big problems to assemble the 104, just some cables where missing labels. Stickers 1918-2000 aren't level on my kit, removed them and will make new ones.Cg was for me the biggest problem, with my gensaces 6s5000 the cg is way to the front, I've put the ctrl board completely against the esc room and bec and receiver above the esc. Still to far forward, will have to put some lead in the back. Gyro setting was to high for me, elevator and rudder 0 now and ailerons about 10 degrees on knob, first flight with standard settings the wings wobbled alot. Flight perf is ok, but nose gear alrdy broken because I landed on low rates and couldnt get the nose up, alrdy fixed it but electronics of nose gear is U/S ( still waiting for stock ) so nothing to do with flight perf was completely my fault. Also my first foamie & ducted fan but it will not be the last one, rly happy with the price vs quality. Flight time is about 3m20 fo my setup. Gonna weather the plane abit and will put varnish on it. Rly like the f-104 kit and recommend it to experienced ( skilled ) pilots.
This is my 3rd ducted fan from motion rc.. Product went together well but be prepared for a little frustration wiriring her up.. wires everywhere!! I did have a couple decals that were ripped or rubbed out.. not a huge deal for me but if you want a perfect clean plane out of the box.. not sure you will get it ( I've read others concerns on this) Flying was assume. Took off after a nice long trip down the runway. Thank goodness for the gyro!! Travel at 100%on the airleron is way too much! The sound is awesome and the looks of this plane are just sweet. It's not a barn burner but does give you a great scale look while flying A bit pricey for what you get but I would recommend
I have spent well over $6000 on Motion RC planes in the past year and all but this one were excellent. This is a BIG piece of foam ****. NONE of the decal/striping tape markings matched from wing to fuselage and especially fuselage to nose section and were off by 1/4 to 3/8" and when you peel to re-apply correctly the paint comes off with them. The front fuselage had to be propped wide by 3/8" to match the main fuselage when gluing it together. The wires in the fuselage where they connect to wing had to be pulled outside with pliers and 2 of them pulled pins loose from plugs because they didnt leave enough length to connect to wing at root. # of thewires inside were not marked and had to trial and error to figure out where they should plug into the board. Had I not removed the plane from the box and tossed the box before I started assembly 2 days later I would have returned this piece of "QUALITY LACK OF CONTROL"
This 104 Starfighter is a must-have for the experienced pilot. The build is relatively easy if you've had some experience with building freeWing Jets. It flies excellent if the CG is right and you have the gyro on, if either is not in place on your first flight it will crash without a chance to recover. It is not a forgiving jet must land with good speed or it will drop out of the sky without warning. But that's what makes this jet so much fun you have to really fly it. The landing gear are stellar work excellent The Landing lights are incredible and the overall jet, I give it a 5 it is just awesome, the pictures just don't do it justice, it stops everyone at the field to come take a look at it and even my girlfriend came home and said wow that's an incredible jet.
Very visible. Good thing because its really fast. Stubby wings isn't a big profile when turning. This plane was designed for high altitude flying. I love the T tail. Looks great on landing.
Excellent air plane
I received my F-104 in yellow Italian anniversary scheme recently and have already put several flight on it. I love this bird! This is a large foamy with impressive lines and power. Takeoff so are gentle with take-off flaps deployed and once on-step, she the fastes think in the sky. Speed is similar to Mirage 2000 but more impressive. The built in gyro does its job and the factory settings are great place to start. Build time was as suggested however the wiring was a bit of work as the fuselage comes in two pieces. I suggest going with the throws as per plan to start. Scale and look are superb. Some over spray issues but you are entering your birds in a scale master's competition anyway. Lights and gear are nice touch and blow in doors act as speed brakes. If you like fast, cool jets, you'll add this one to your squadron.
I own several of the models sold here at MRC. Just received the F-104 Starfighter in Italian yellow anniversary paint scheme. The kit went together as expected, however was diffenately not for the beginner builder nor flyer for that concern. The fuselage is in two pieces and needed some muscle to fit correctly. Paint and decals are vibrant yet have some issues of over-spray and alignment but this is not the plane you'll enter into a scale masters contest anyway. Wiring is a bit of a mess. The control board and gyro are in the front half of the fuselage and the majority of all wire leads are in the rea half. So, lots of electrical connections to make but everything was well labeled with the exception of the afterburner lead. However, simple deductive reasoning (connect everything first and what's left...) is easily used to determine which wire it is. Note: Do not use servo tester on lights! You'll burn them out! Suggested CG and throws are great to start with. The gyro has no instructions (Sebart mgf.) but factory settings and servo directions we're correct out the box. Gear are solid even though not scale. Battery placement for CG was just aft of steerable nose gear hole and tray is large enough for bigger battery. I used Admiral 5000mah for maiden flights. With a little headwind and take-off flaps she lifted off with little trouble and quickly got on step. Speed was superb. Very simmilar to Mirage 2000 if you're familiar with that model. Did roll, loop and half Cuban on maiden due more to confidence in plane as opposed to my skill level. Plane is for the brave and definitely not for the squeamish! She's fast and disappears in some turns due to small profile. Landings with half flaps were smooth and manageable. However, full flaps require a high power curve and monitoring the throttle to keep from sudden stalling near touchdown. A beauty in the air in either color and a field stopper in the air or on the ground. Save your pennies, you'll own one of these at some point if you're a true jet lover like me.
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