points are the standard three-wire type and are
clearly labeled, while the LED lighting wire ends
are two-prong and simply plug into one another.
A total of 14 fasteners are employed for final
assembly, and there are reinforcements for the
wings and elevators, which will help during high-G
maneuvers. A single 90mm electric ducted fan
system is used to power the plane, and before
everyone cries foul, just know that a single 90mm
fan is much more efficient than a twin 70mm
setup. The fan housing/shroud is made out of
metal, and the composite impeller inside has
12 blades. Said power system is coupled with a
130-amp speed control, which offers headroom
and uses an 8-amp UBEC for guidance power.
All you’ll need to get the F- 15 flying is your 7- (or
more) channel transmitter and receiver along
with a 6-cell 5000mAh LiPo flight pack. As typical
with jet-fighter aircraft, the interior room is
cramped but everything fits just fine. I’ll add that
the canopy hatch is fairly sized and is held in place
with magnets and a mechanical latch.
In the AIr
Having the flaps operate from a three-position
GenerAl FlIGht PerFormAnce
switch allows the pilot to use takeoff flaps,
landing flaps, or full flaps with the air brake.
Since we’re using 7 channels, we can use a
mix to engage the brake with the flaps when
position 3 (full flaps, in this case) is selected. The
optional flap takeoffs are much shorter than
flapless departures, but aside from that, the
results are similar in that the plane gets up in
the air efficiently. Climbouts are solid, and that
means the included 6-cell power system is well
matched to the model. When it’s time for the
mandatory landing, it is a good idea to fly the
jet all the way back to the ground while using
the elevator to control speed and the ailerons
to keep the wings level. There are no surprises,
and I was impressed with the plane as it is quite
forgiving in the landing pattern.
Stability: Very solid in the air and on the ground,
the F- 15 does a great job and made me feel at
ease immediately. Just remember that when
landing to allow the plane to slow down before
making your turn back to pit row. Your wingtips
will thank you.
Tracking: A few clicks of trim were needed to
make the plane fly across the sky straight, level,
and with no flight path deviations. Tracking
through scale maneuvers looked and felt
perfect, with no signs of wandering.
Aerobatics: All scale aerobatics can be achieved.
As mentioned, the high-performance power
setup will give you bigger loops and more climb,
but the version I tested did very well. Inverted
flight, loops, and rolls all look sweet, and it’s hard
to not hear the Top Gun soundtrack in your head
Glide and stall performance: Stalls are soft and
very easy to fly out of. The nose will drop and
the plane starts to feel a little mushy in the
controls, but nothing scary happens. That said,
I wouldn’t recommend testing the plane’s stall
attributes down low!
Fast to assemble and quick in flight, this F- 15
is not only fun to buzz the tower with but also
nice to look at. The model’s outline and finish is
well done, with good attention to detail and will
definitely garner attention at the field.
Motion RC got together with Freewing, and
they have produced a very inclusive and
easy-to-set-up EDF jet fighter that offers a
myriad of scale features and flies extremely
well. With all that is completed at the factory
and with its generous flight envelope, the F- 15
is a winner. It is hard to tell that the plane is
made out of foam when it blows by at more
than 90mph, and it even looks convincing just
sitting on the tarmac. J
An actuating air brake, well-applied paint
job, and cool-looking cockpit give the
model a realistic feel.
It was smart to magnetize the narrow nose, which will try to break away
instead of snapping off and creating a glue joint.
The paint and detail work are excellent. A bright landing light and spring-loaded
nose gear keep landings in line.