Hobbyking Tornado 75
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