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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Review for 12 Blade 4S Configuration
Because I long for an A7 Corsair or F8 Crusader in 80mm form (or above), I decided to curb my appetite with this small 64mm offering from Freewing. I prefer higher wingloading, scale take-offs and landings. As such, I decided to use a 3500kv power system behind a low pitched 12 blade fan unit and landing gear. Let me tell you, this is not for the faint of heart because stall speed is now higher. Too sharp of a turn will make this thing drop like a sack of potatoes and landings are hot. But boy, don't the high speed flybys with the rumbling sound of a turbine powerplant make you giggle with glee! I am running a 2200 4S shoved way in the back and then some. By that I mean I had to carve out some foam to meet CG. I gave it 3 stars because I still think this jet is way too small. I wear corrective contact lenses which enable me to make out a squirrel making obscene gestures at me from a mile away, and yet, this jet is still VERY hard to see. That being said, keep the jet as close as you can. It will be a little harder to do on a 2200 4S because of the wider turns, but it can be done. Please check out my maiden and subsequent flights on my channel - Model Jet Juggernaut.
The elevator installation didn't show
The elevator installation didn't show which way the elevator horn was to go. but by looking at the installation of the linkages it showed the proper way it should be installed. So you have to look ahead to be able to build the plane correctly. Great plane otherwise. Thank you.
Nice plane. Should be fun to fly when warm weather arrives.
Best $100 I've spent on airplanes
I can't believe all you get for $100. The finish on this airplane is great, the servos are good quality, the fan is plenty powerful to fly at half power. Easy to assemble. The first flight was about the easiest maiden I've had with an EDF. 1800mah is the perfect battery size. 1300mah is great but short flights, and 2200mah is a bit too heavy, lands fast.
I didn't like the combined controls and the original aircraft used a flying stabilator. So I did what all good modelers do. 1. I didn't glue on the horizontal stabs. 2. I locked the elevators at neutral and sliced off the tabs. 3. Glued tabs to fuselage for flush surface. 4. I removed the elevator horns. If you look at the stab parts, there is a lateral hole already present. 5. I matched hole location to fuse, drilled a hole and inserted a plastic bearing. 6. Used an old 0.2" diameter carbon rod and put it through the two bearings. 7. Glued on stabilators. 8. Installed 1 horn on port stabilator just under the pivot point. 9. Cut slot and glued servo to fuse just forward of the cheater hole. (removable with bottom piece) 10. Installed modified rod and clevis. Now the ailerons are separate and the stabilators work on the elevator channel. I may add photos later. Just remember to dial the throws down. Full stabs have much more authority than elevators. BTW, this plane is underpowered with the gear installed. Usually, a small tailwind on takeoff isn't a big deal, but it is for this airplane. Taking off into the wind is a must!
Please look at previous reviews for more information on throw and CG changes. This video is the maiden flight after the rebuild. Have fun and happy landings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-BXSq7a1Fk&t=64s
I bought this, then shortly after the thunderchief and P.15, reviewed the thunderchief, which is fab too, although reviews criticize it being under powered, it's not in the air, with a hard throw and using a lighter battery (1300/75c) I haven't any trouble. But the crusader is the easiest to hand launch out of the three. None are easy models to fly, says "intermediate".. I think it's the upper end of intermediate, or advanced intermediate as they call it. They are my favorite models to fly ATM and I can't see that buzz going anywhere! I really really enjoy flying these! I have so much pleasure in these I can't rate highly enough. MotionRC are proving the go-to-place for quality, value and service. I'm hope them all every success. Anyway.. Get the crusader, it's impossible to be disappointed. If anyone at motion reads this.. I'm waiting for the next! Maybe an RAF, TORNADO OR HARRIER. Please hurry up Great job. Thank you.