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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A Bad Start and A Unsatisfactory Performance
I was looking forward to the Crusader but ended up with issues. While working with an expert on our maiden we could not get the plane to fly even though we were hand launching for a small hill. There was insufficient power. As it turned out the fan blade was broken - didn't know why but ordered a new one. Also to be safe I ordered the optional gear to allow a runway takeoff on a long club asphalt strip. Unfortunately they were back ordered, so a long wait ensued. The landing gear try was futile with insufficient power to clear the runway - only to discover another broken fan blade. Careful examination showed scraping on the shroud where the blade was mounted - it was out of round. Motion replaced it and the blade at no charge. but another delay since the shrouds were on back order. Finally we try again with a runway takeoff and again not enough power, but the fan blade held up. Out of frustration I went to a 4s. This time my expert was able to get the Crusader into the air (barely) and did 1 complete circle making right turns. After a figure 8 entering a left turn she had no turning authority and fell into the ground. The damage is repairable but not worth the trouble. I don't know if I just got a lemon or if the motor is weak but whatever I'll not try these small EDF's again. Motion has been an excellent vendor, and I have several other Freewing and Flightline models that fly wonderfully. I am much happier with the larger models and love my P-38, Tigercat and Spitfire.
Beautiful, but hard to fly
The Freewing F-8 Crusader is a very accurate looking semi-scale model that is exceptionally well finished. It is as crisp and attractive as can be. In fact, it is so pretty you might want to buy one to hang from the ceiling instead of flying it. Seriously, that might not be a bad idea. After reading R/C Group forum posts about this model, I opted to reinforce the nose intake area with epoxy. In retrospect, I think that was a mistake, adding weight that made the wing loading even higher. Cracking the nose intake is the least of your problems, believe me. This thing is a lead sled. Fast, small, very easy to lose orientation. I recommend initial flights in a large open area (the Bonneville Salt Flats would be ideal) under perfect lighting conditions (avoid bright overcast) and with 20/20 vision. On the first flight, I learned that if the CG is slightly nose heavy it will not climb without sufficient up elevator travel. Full up, full power, I could barely climb enough to make a couple of big scary circles and then slide in for a fifty foot run on the grass. It looked exactly like I was dropping an aerial torpedo. Second flight, more up elevator, lots of expo. I am more or less steering it around like a guided missile for about 30 seconds. Control response is vague and mushy. Suddenly it spins down like a streak in a vertical dive. I'm a reluctant expert at reconstructing smashed nose sections using boiling water and gorilla glue, but everything forward of the wing is so hopelessly crushed I don't even think about it. IMHO, Motion would sell a lot of spare fuselages for the F-8 if they came with the canopy and were a bit cheaper. I guess I will put 3/4 of this beautiful airframe into the closet and wait. There might be a sale on spares when the F-8 is discontinued, or something might turn up on Ebay.
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Not for the first time Jetster. First time launch was a complete disaster. Not sure what went wrong but after checking out the electronics 2 servos were bad. Total loss. Not going to buy this again.
Great starter edf. Successful maiden. Loads of fun
Not an ideal first EDF
This was my first EDF. First flight lasted about 2/12 minutes before I lost orientation on it. It gets small fast and even on low rate, it was super squirrelly. However, some good points: -Awesome detail and scale looks. This has to be one of FREEWING’s. best kits. -Fast shipping from Motion. Packaged well. - Very simple assembly and the quality of the model is top-notch. An awesome deal for sub $100. Cons: -Getting CG fixed was a pain and the batt compartment is cramped to begin with. It still flew nose heavy even after setting batt placement. -Crank up that expo and lower the rate. Probably 70%/50% Rate/Expo
Beautiful scale replica
The Crusader is (was) my first EDF. I was quite impressed with the paint/scale look of the jet and the quality of the model. Shipping was fast, and the model came packed very well. Some guys at the field liked it and mentioned that the earlier FREEWING models were cheap looking and—having just received the F 86 saber in the mail— I would agree as the difference in quality between this model and that are night and day. This is an awesome flyer for $98. Assembly was easy and very straightforward. The hardest problem I had was deciding where to put the receiver as you have to glue in the wing and you can’t get to it easily enough. I’m bummed I lost mine after the first 2 1/2 minute flight. This thing is super Squirrley and it gets very small very fast. I lost orientation on it once I got out too far and it crashed in the parking lot. That was the end of that. But for my first EDF experience, I was loving the crusader.
Amazing Little Jet
Despite what the description says, this would not be a good first edf. It isn't stable in the roll axis and is much slower to respond in pitch than most prop airplanes. For a first jet I would go with one of the other 64mm aircraft like the F-22. Believe me, that little bit of extra expense will save you money in the long run. That said, it's a great airplane. Since it's faster than many 4 cell and even a few 6 cell jets, if you can fly it, it's an absolute blast. It has unlimited vertical on a 3s 1300 and flies pretty well up to an 1800, but is tail heavy on a 1000 and both nose heavy and too heavy in general with a 2200. But especially with a 1300 or 1600 you're golden. Now for the things that make it a very advanced airplane to fly. Like any airplane, as it goes faster the roll becomes much more sensitive, but since the roll is so fast already, you definitely need a radio with dual rates, although you will probably already have that if you're buying even a first edf. The pitch is also very anemic and to launch without help with the heavier batteries you need to give a far harder throw than most other hand-launch jets, although this is much less true with the lighter batteries. CG is everything. Too nose heavy and it will never fly, too tail heavy and while it will fly, it becomes uncontrollable. Finally setting up proper control throws is very important. I flew it on the factory specified throws at first and it was very controllable, but not too maneuverable in the pitch, and I reduced the roll rate on my transmitter pretty significantly. As I got more used to it I decided to try to increase the throws (never too safe, but its turning radius made the landing approach a pain where I fly) and I pretty quickly ran into problems. With increased throws for pitch the airframe becomes horribly unstable. It flew fine during the first parts of its flight, but when I tried to pull a harder maneuver it entered a spin. Luckily I recovered and landed, then reduced the throws back to where they were. So while the airplane is durable, cheap, and flies well, it also flies like a scale airplane. Maybe a 3rd edf if you like the look of it.
Crusader hot dog !
Maiden flight was awesome. I used a 2200 mA 3S pack. Plenty of power for loop to loops. Roll rate was too sensitive at suggested factory setting. Works great at 75% setting. Love the artwork ! The EDF is smooth running at max. throttle ! Love it !
I have never been dis appointed with a motion rc purchase, but I guess there is always a first. Service and quality were good as always, performance on the other hand was not ,