Hob­byk­ing Tor­nado 75

Electric Flight - - AIRMAIL -

It’s amaz­ing to see that elec­tric-pow­ered jets and elec­tric ducted-fan jets have be­come a rou­tine part of the RC in­dus­try. The avail­abil­ity of jets—from mi­cro-size 30mm fans to gi­ant fans that are 120mm in di­am­e­ter and pow­ered by up to 12S Lipo packs—is stag­ger­ing. The only items you need to get the Tor­nado 75 air­borne are a Phillips screw­driver, a 4+-chan­nel trans­mit­ter, a re­ceiver, and a 6S 2650–3300mah Lipo bat­tery. The ser­vos, 75mm fan unit, and speed con­trol are all fac­tory in­stalled. The Tor­nado 75 is a no-glue de­sign with a low part count that will help you to get the jet in the air quickly. It took me all of 20 min­utes to as­sem­ble the jet and be ready to in­stall the re­ceiver and bind it to the trans­mit­ter.

At full throt­tle, the Tor­nado eats up sky quickly, much less if you throt­tle back and just cruise around. I nor­mally use full throt­tle for high-speed passes and ver­ti­cal ma­neu­vers. I found the rec­om­mended cen­ter of grav­ity to be a lit­tle nose-heavy, but there’s plenty of room to move the bat­tery to ad­just it. I’ve flown sev­eral foam jets over the years, and so far, the Tor­nado 75 has been the most im­pres­sive. Assembly is quick and easy, and the fac­tory-in­stalled and sup­plied equip­ment has worked flaw­lessly. What was re­ally sur­pris­ing was that, even con­sid­er­ing the small size of the wheels, the Tor­nado had no prob­lem tak­ing off from a grass run­way.

I have been ex­tremely pleased with the Tor­nado 75. It’s a fun model to fly and a great way to get into per­for­mance jets. The pack­age is ul­tra com­plete, and the over­all de­sign is well engi­neered. The fin­ish on the foam is out­stand­ing, and the per­for­mance is very good. The Tor­nado 75 flies well and of­fers a huge amount of low-cost jet fly­ing.—rick Bell

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