Just a collection of older clips of my Phase 3 F-16 edf. The whole model is hand painted in the USAF Thunderbirds scheme except for the insignia and a couple of the smaller squadron badges, which were printed out.
Some of the clips were filmed while the plane was still stock powered with a 3 cell battery,with a top speed of around 70mph. I then stripped out the powerplant and fitted a Wicked EDF Extreme Motor 5400KV from Dons Rc, to the stock 3 blade 55mm fan, 60 amp esc and a high powered 4 cell battery. This increased the top speed to just over 100mph, and gave the plane over 1:1 thrust to weight ratio. Some of the flyby clips seen here, were coming out of a shallow dive downwind, and clocked at 115mph using doppler software. Filming a small model at this speed on film takes some skill, and a fair amount of nerve, as some of the flybys were very close to the camerawoman, and the slightest wrong move at 115mph could be very hazardous for your health! The first flyby clip was filmed by my friend Glen who always had a nervous laugh after a danger close high speed flyby! The new power set up also reduced flying time to around 3.5 minutes, so only had a limited amount of high speed footage i could use to make this video.
If you were wondering what the stick seen hanging out of the back of the exhaust in a couple of clips was- It was a sparkler. I wanted to capture a good afterburner effect as the sparks are blown from the exhaust, but you couldnt really see it well in the day time, and i was not brave enough to fly it at night.
I had to bribe my kids with a lot of sweets to wear those jet helmets and do the Topgun style 'high 5', but i wanted a little creative humour for you, amidst the serious business of dad playing with his toy plane!
Lucas really did take those still photos when he was only 3 years old, also using sweets to bribe him again!! But i did use pc software to zoom into the photos to make the plane look closer. Even so, it takes a special talent for a 3 year old to capture someting so small and so fast with a basic compact digital camera!