Freewing F-15C Eagle
While many of us might not be able to own a multimillion-dollar fighter jet, Motion RC’S Freewing F-15C looks great and doesn’t require such an investment. Constructed out of EPO foam and decorated to the hilt, the Freewing F-15 is offered as a “Super Scale” model with scores of features and minimal requirements.
There are a dozen actuators (included), which operate the standard flight controls, such as roll, pitch, and yaw. Then there are flaps, an airbrake, retractable landing gear, and sequenced landing-gear doors. Instead of quickly operating and slamming up and down, the gear actuates slowly and scalelike, which looks cool in flight. Bright LEDS are installed, and include a landing light on the front strut. The shock–absorbing aluminum gear struts have metal trunnions, and they make the landing-gear system quite durable and short-grass sorties doable.
The optional flap takeoffs are much shorter than flapless departures, but aside from that, the results are similar in that the plane gets 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. Motion RC got together with Freewing, and they have produced an inclusive and easy-to-set-up EDF jet fighter that offers a myriad of scale features and flies extremely well. 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.—mike Gantt