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Old 07-12-2010, 02:26 AM
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O.K. I'VE READ ALL THE BAD REVIEWS ON B.H.
i have ordered from them a few times, i am satisfied with the planes i've ordered and had one MAJOR problem with one of their jets, which to their credit, they made it right in less than a week after showing them what happened!!!!(replaced the entire jet outright after the e.s.c. flamed and melted the fuse and fan.)I had my replacement jet on my doorstep in less than 10 days!!! now to the new jet. the f-5E is a little sweetie!!
at a price of around $100 ($20 more if you want the radio)
here are pics of mine
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:42 AM
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i decided to use the supplied landing gear. i fly from a paved runway, so its easier to roll than flop it on the runway! i flew the maiden flight today and it flew well. the stock set-up is reasonably quick but not blazing fast. i'd guess about 80-90 mph.
i tried to slow it down a bit too much and I stalled it about 3 feet above the ground,
and paid the price. a bent nose gear and pushed back nose gear housing. i fixed it with white gorilla glue and some wood popcicle sticks so this should be a non-issue from now on. i will do hotter approaches from now on with this jet and fly it to the ground, not try to float it in.... it only has a 22 in wingspan so it don't float!!!! but it does fly well..carves turns with authority verticals for about 100 feet then falls out at the top. rolls very well, loops from level flight nicely. pics included of the nose gear fix!
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:53 AM
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if you prefer the gear could easily be left off. i'm sure hand launching would be easily accomplished, it has plenty of thrust to get that done. i thought this jet would be a handful because i got it as a fathers day gift, i would NEVER have gotten this for myself because of the tiny wingspan, but i gotta say i was wrong, it does fly well, you just need to respect its stall characteristics, small wings gotta fly faster to create lift, its that simple. i forgot that and flopped it. it was the maiden flight so at least it will live to fly again the damage was minimal, and i learned from it!! Also the c/g on the instructions is CORRECT!!! see photo. . the pushpin is on the c/g!!!
I thought it was way too far forward. . . but i trusted the instructions and was rewarded for it. the jet flew perfectly... i would have liked a little more up elevator and i will correct that before the next flight.
while trimming it out i ran out of up trim and had to fly holding the stick 1/4 back to get level flight.
ailerons were trimmed level on the wings and that worked out fine, no trim needed for roll stability.
she stayed level on initial climbout and rolled with authority. aileron throws were 1/2 inch up and down, but that's just a starting point, they could be a little spicier if you can handle it..

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Old 07-12-2010, 03:11 AM
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there is a video of the maiden on u tube. i gotta get the link and i'll post it here.
it shows the flop i pulled on landing very clearly. . . i tried to slow it down way too much and paid the piper on that one...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-oBdVuWtn4
there is the link to the maiden flight!!!!
THANKS to Pete for filming my take off and floppy landing. . . the rest of the vid is all sky with a black dot LOL!!

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Old 07-12-2010, 03:26 PM
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Nice jet Pat thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:09 PM
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big al,
thanks for reading the thread!!! i really never would have purchased this jet for myself
and i only built and flew it because it was a dads day gift. but i gotta say, it is a pleasant surprise and for only $100 or so a real bargain. i'm looking into a A-10 soon
but i want to go LARGE!! so it's gonna cost me!!! fly safe, and be well.
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Old 07-14-2010, 03:26 AM
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Iflyrc
Very nice looking. Glad the maiden went well for you...I hear you about larger jets......
I started flying larger 90 mm jets and now the smaller ones just aren't the same
Looks great!
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:44 PM
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usmc vtol mech, alpea

i have a 101mm F-86 Sabre on the bench now, waitin for the right motor to go in the fan, but i've been flyin and having fun with my phase 3 f-16, winsky Sabre, Banana hobbies Mini F-18 and now the f-5e. i always wanted jets and now the prices are reasonable... did you see the thrust vectoring f-35 at hobbypeople's crash sale today?? $199 plus shipping $14 w/ retracts!! i'm tempted, but . . .
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Old 07-15-2010, 04:43 PM
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yes I have seen it and there is a guy at our field that is flying one
I was very impressed with the quality and performance of that little HL plane
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Old 07-15-2010, 11:35 PM
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i didn't buy the hl thrust vectoring jet. i think i'll fly what i got for now and save for what i really want. . a LARGE A-10!! my birthday is in oct, and christmas is right after that so maybe then.
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:02 AM
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Pat, awesome job on the maiden friend!! Sorry about the landing gear, hope you get her fixed up. Good winds bud!

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Old 08-18-2010, 03:36 AM
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Great maiden of a cool jet. And only $100???

Send us a link to BH for that one please!

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Old 08-18-2010, 05:23 AM
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Congratulation on your successful maiden.
May I know how much current(amps draw) this plane takes in at full throttle?

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Old 08-19-2010, 12:05 AM
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Mike,
Thanks. . . it's because of you that i got the phase 3 f-16!!! the landing gear was fixed in minutes w/ some epoxy and Popsicle sticks!!!! She has about 15 flights on her now and no problems since w/ the gear.

Racer Paul,
this jet is the Starmax f-5e from Bannana Hobbies i can't get the link from there to here sorry, I'm a better pilot than computer wiz!!!

Babylon5,
she's pulling 22 to 26 amps at wot w/ a fully charged 3c 2200 mah li-po
after taxi to the starting point on the runway, and initial full military power on climb-out it drops to about 21 to 22 amps and holds that for most of the 5 minute or so flight. i don't want to try landing this hottie dead stick because w/ these little stubby wings, you either keep the speed up or it quits flying rather abruptly to say the least!!! I stalled it on purpose at about 150 ft. high and she dipped a wing and damned near rolled over on her back and died!!! So needless to say, fly it! DON"T TRY TO WALK HER IN... FLY HER TO THE GROUND AND DON'T COME OFF THE POWER UNTIL YOUR INCHES OFF THE DECK.this is no floater.. but it flys well, don't get me wrong.
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Old 08-23-2010, 04:42 AM
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i might have to pic this one up, I love the F-5E
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:45 PM
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Born 7/11/10
Smashed to bits 9/11/10
I take full and total responsibility. i was at the sticks, making a right climbing turn, i lost orientation and rolled over on my back,then pulled up. ALL ME!!! It was a fun plane while it lasted. Here is her final resting place above my computer.
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:07 AM
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What a coincidence that you crashed it on 9/11.
Should not have flown on 9/11...just kidding.
Sorry for your loss
Next time, perhaps you may want to add more brightly colored stripes on the plane to make it more visible and don't fly to far off. This model is quite small and they become very tiny very quickly in flight.


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Old 09-14-2010, 06:22 AM
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Originally Posted by iflyrc1012 View Post
Born 7/11/10
Smashed to bits 9/11/10
I take full and total responsibility. i was at the sticks, making a right climbing turn, i lost orientation and rolled over on my back,then pulled up. ALL ME!!! It was a fun plane while it lasted. Here is her final resting place above my computer.
Hi Pat
So sorry to see this
She was a gorgeous plane
Take care
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:28 PM
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Pat,

Sorry for your loss. But now you have more time for the F-22!

Here's a link to this plane in case anyone's interested:

http://www.bananahobby.com/1909.html

Also, I saw Pete and company twice over the past month at 2 separate fun fly's in the LA area. The newest F-16, F-22, A-10, Mig-29, and F-35 models are simply awesome! All have working retracts and gear doors. The F-22 and Mig-29 have leading edge slats tied into the ailerons, and the Mig-29 has a working drogue chute. The F-22 and F-16 have vectored thrust on the exhaust. The F-16 was doing amazing flat spins this past weekened at Big Jolt.

I may pick up the F-22 airframe only and add my own trusted electronic and fan system. My buddy won one of these last month and the nose retract servo was bad out of the box.
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Thanks to all youse guys for da kind words!!!
i have been having some issues with my eyesight lately, and now i'm sure to keep this appointment with the ophthalmologist to get a handle on this before i lose another bird due to my stupid pride. Let this be a lesson to all of you guys out there, If you have ANY blurryness or changes in your vision SEE THE EYE DR. AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
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Originally Posted by iflyrc1012 View Post
Thanks to all youse guys for da kind words!!!
i have been having some issues with my eyesight lately, and now i'm sure to keep this appointment with the ophthalmologist to get a handle on this before i lose another bird due to my stupid pride. Let this be a lesson to all of you guys out there, If you have ANY blurryness or changes in your vision SEE THE EYE DR. AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
Hi Pat
I hope and pray its nothing serious
Will keep you and yours in my heart, my thoughts, and in my prayers
Take care dear friend
Yours Hank
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:41 PM
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thanks hank!!!
i'm sure its just as we get older our eyes need a little more help than when we were 20 years old!! normal run of the mill, old guy(49) gets glasses!!
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Originally Posted by iflyrc1012 View Post
thanks hank!!!
i'm sure its just as we get older our eyes need a little more help than when we were 20 years old!! normal run of the mill, old guy(49) gets glasses!!
Hi Pat
Know the feeling well
Have had to use reading glasses on occassionlately
But it allways pays to be safe
Loss of vision can mean (HBP) High Blood pressure or the onset of diabetes
Take care dear friend
Yours Hank

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Another "old guy" here. Just got my first pair of prescripton reading glasses earlier this year. Fortunately reading is the only issue I'm having right now. Distance vision is still 20/20.
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Just wanted To say you can get some low end planes at real good prices from BH.

I especially like the edf dept,, a nice selection of eds with most usually in stock.

Most any plane you buy from most of these sites have basic componnents.
We live in a disposable society an of coourse they sell with the idea of selling parts as well as a whole new plane.

You get what you pay for. I love the balsa, fiber glass, heavy duty parts an accessories you can get else where.

You pay the price for those, for sure.. Myself I love the repairability of epo foam, as well as keeping the investment on the low end.

For me when I crash an burn I perfer being out $100.00 instead of $1,000.00.. or more, I would say the majority of us are hard working people, who value every dollar..

To each his own.. I like Hobby Zone , banana
an phase three
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