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Exceed F-22 70mm EDF Review

The Exceed F-22 70mm EDF comes in 2 versions, the RTF and the ARF Kit.  I build the Airplane up from the KIT using existing components I already had along with purchasing an EDF motor from the F-18 spare parts list. The ARF kit will come with the Fan assembly but no Motor, ESC, Servos, Tx or Rx. The RTF kit will come with everything you need to get up and flying including a battery.  Please view the specifics of each kit to verify it has what you will need to fly. The Kit was very well packaged in a styrofoam molded box.  The box protects the aircraft very well.  I build up the kit using 15 minute epoxy and installed the electronics (Tower Pro 90 servos).  The battery I had was a 20C 2200mAh 4S which is the recommended battery to use.  However, if you purchase this kit or any EDF, I recommend you to spend a little more and purchase a 25C or 30C battery. The extra UMPH you get will come in handy on power ups, take offs and those times you need the extra thrust.  Generally, EDF aircraft are designed for speed and unlike propellar driven aircraft, do not accelerate quickly. For this reason, EDF jets are NOT recommended for beginner pilots. This plane is designed to take off and land on a hard surface. I do not recommend you fly off of grass unless it is VERY short and you upgrade the front wheel to a larger one. I was able to take off from grass only in the middle of August when our flying field is almost full of dead grass. This plane does not hand launch well as there is not a small enough surface to hold onto with your hand.  If you must hand launch, Nitroplanes has a smaller F-16 that is designed for hand launch only. If you don't like the American Flag scheme, the plane comes in a few different varieties of coloring schemes.  

The Rx Ready and RTF version comes with 2 different brands of elevator servos that are connected with a Y cable for use with Channel 2.  If you use all the same servos, you MUST have a 5+ channel receiver and a transmitter that can mix in the 2nd servo channel to be OPPOSITE the CH 2.   Use the recommended throws from the instruction sheet and add some exponential if you can to soften up the control response. The airplane can do fast rolls and tight loops but if you put too much elevator, you can stall the aircraft in a loop and it will twist on you.  Although the instructions say to glue the cockpit on, you can design in your own method of making it removable (glue in some wood blocks to screw the canopy down for instance) so that you can access the nose wheel servo and make any adjustments needed.   I also added in some velcro to hold the battery in place in case the battery hatch came undone in flight (which it never has to date).   Before your first take off, make some practice runs with the nose wheel to get it straight.  Set your CG EXACTLY per the manual (I needed to make no adjustments with the 2200mAh 4S 20C battery).

ARF vs. RTF vs. Reciever Ready
The RTF kits will typically have servos pre-installed and the ESC will have the correct wire lengths and save you lots of build time.  If you total your plane in the crash, look to purchase an ARF kit and use your existing electronics. The Reciever ready kits will have everything you need excep the Tx, Rx, charger.

Battery recommendation : 30C or 20C 4S 2200mAh BlueLipo

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