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Old 05-17-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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Default advice, phase 3 f-16, painting, flying ?

Hi,everyone, I need advice. 1. When painting the phase 3 f-16, I would like to prepare sections prior to spray painting. I need bright colors to keep orientation. I learned from a old Squall,, spraying walmart spray paint eats eps foam. I keep everything as economical as possible. I found f-16 kits at hobbypeople For $35.00 Plus $8.00 shipping from calif to alabama. Heck of a deal,,

I have heard water based poleurhtine preps are good prior to spraypainting. regardless of the rumor mill, Advice on a cheap prep covering prior to spray painting sections would be very helpful. I would like to go to the walmart or depot an pick up a cheap can of prep. I just need the experience from a flyer as to what to get

2. I have had the squall with elevons, . I need flying tips on the f-16 regarding control. Im going to run a detrum 3000kv 5 blade edf on a 60 amp esc off 4 cell stepping up to a 5 cell after break in. At those speeds in a standard fuselodge, BUT with out aelirons an rudder is new to me.

Flying teckniques to keep me from stalling, etc would be helpful.

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Old 05-17-2012, 06:17 PM   #2
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I can't give you any painting pointers but I can give you some pointers abot flying it. My P3 F-16 is one of my favorite planes to fly.

Launch: After a good preflight just give her 100% throttle and and chuck her about 5 degrees above the horizon. Let it climb out for about 7-10 seconds and then it's OK to throttle down to about 40-50%.

I've never flown a Squall but I imagine they're similar. The F-16 looks like it has a sleeker cross section. When you're flying around remember to conserve/manage your energy and speed.

0% throttle is OK when you're flying straight or when you want to bleed off speed in a turn. This plane will glide for a long time when flying straight.

Other than that I'd just say take it easy and explore the flight envelope in small increments.



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With regards to painting. I have used Testors spray paints on every type of foam out there with no problem. This foam takes paint well, so I see no need to prep, save the extra weight! Unless you're absolutely a freak about your paint jobs, you won't notice any "errors" when this thing zips by you at 80mph!

I say black on the bottom, with a single wingtip stripe of orange or yellow. And then a red/blue or maybe yellow/blue combo on top. Something similar to the one on the ground in John's second pic above.

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Testors, Tamiya Model Masters, Any plastic model spray paint seems to work well on foam. Pricey, but worth it.


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Thanks a lot for the tips so far I appreciate it very much. I have a hobby lobby close by with a nice model car, plane, etc, aisle I will check that out

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I use Tamiyas and an airbrush, only coz its easy not coz its cheap

My old F16 has been sitting round for almost 2 yrs with a Wemo/HET2W18 setup in it, after I broke the nose it got pushed aside, poor thing...
I recently swapped out the Wemo with my new Alloy CS10 blade fan unit, it has absolutely made the model and the thing now gets flown more than anything else!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elrBV1tkpQg

I am planning on building a new clean airframe with tigermeet colours so I can see it better!

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Extreme, nice video, Im waitin on hobby people phase 3 f-16 kit for $35.00 im going to put in a detrum 3000kv , 5 bladeI had in a airfield f-16 I totaled. I have a dynam meteor, Ive flown an belly landed a lot,

I was thrown on the flight performance of the f-16 it did a lot of cobra type of manuvers on me, stalled it out an it nosed in with a 3000mah battery,
a servo hard wire went thru the battery an the battery went up in a series of 4 smoke out fires, I have to admit it was impressive even if it did melt the front end LOL. amazingly out of 5 servos I lost only one, reciever, sattelite reciever extension, motor esc all fine. Go figure.

I like the cobra an high angle of the f-16 it just suprised me, Ill get a handle on it this time, LOL
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