Last week I got to meet up with Mike Greenshields from Global Hobby Distributors to check out their newest ARF. It is a rather large EDF from N-Tech Jets and I have to say that this is one great looking and flying plane. It looks great just sitting on the runway, and in the air–wow! The specifications and some building notes from Mike. are below, and be sure to check out the video at the end of the post!
EDF ARF R/C Jet
Wingspan: 72in (1829mm)
Length: 70.85in (1800mm)
Flying Weight: – 18-21 lb.
Fan Size: 120mm
Power System: 12S
Wood Wing and Stabilizer Construction
Molded Fuselage with Wood Structure (ABS Skins with Plywood and Carbon structure)
Factory Covered Flying Surfaces and Painted Fuselage Complete Hardware Pack Removable Wings Functional Nose Gear Doors Basic Molded Cockpit Mounting and Ducting Optimized for Electric Power
9-10 Channel Computer Radio
12S Li-Po Battery (5000 to 6000 mAh)
Air Pump for Retracts
Step up from foam and micro jets! Experience high performance electric jet performance with a model that is big, forgiving and fast. The Panther has exceptional qualities in flight, is stable on approach, and is not pitch sensitive with extended flaps. At speeds of over 120mph, the Panther is fast and fun with a performance envelope almost any experienced R/C pilot will enjoy. Good looking and great flying, the N-Tech Jets Panther is a stunning aircraft that is a joy to fly.
Items Used to Complete our Panther
We recommend an 8-10 channel radio for convenience although technically the Panther only has 6 functions: Ailerons, Rudder, Elevator, Flaps, Throttle, and Retracts.
Qty 7 94851 Metal Gear Servos (or similar) Qty 1 94722 Standard Servo (or similar) qty 2 750mm Extensions (for tail servos) qty 4 500mm Extensions (from wing joint to receiver) qty 2 300mm Extensions (from Ail servos to wing joint) qty 1 100mm Extension (from steering servo to receiver) (If your radio is only 6-8 channel, you’ll need QTY 3 Y-harnesses for the Aileron and Flaps and Steering/rudder servos).
Servo Lead retainers (Heat shrink, molded clips, whatever is your preference Receiver Battery: We recommend either a 5 cell Ni-MH pack of 1600 or more mAh rating, or a Li-FE 6.6v receiver battery with 1600mAh or more rating. (
(We used the Neu Motor for the E-Turbax fan although other motor/fan systems of this size and rating will work) -Castle 160HV (The power system does not draw this much current but EDF systems tend to be very demanding of the ESC, thus we use an ESC rated a little higher than necessary) -12S 5000 to 6500mAh LiPO packs, minimum 40C rating (The airplane is setup for using two separate 6S packs sometimes called Saddle Packs) -6mm Gold Connectors or similar (Castle 6.5mm connectors for example) -Mounting Screws for the Fan Unit (different fans may have different requirements, we used #4 x 3/4 Dubro Socket Head Wood Screws for mounting the E-Turbax Fan)
-The fuselage can be broken down into two parts, so we installed air-line connectors at the fuselage break, it required 3. Robart, Jet Hangar Hobbies, or other similar air-line connectors will work.
-Glues: We used Wood Glue, Epoxy, and C/A (instant glue) -Threadlock, (blue or semi-permanent, do NOT use “red” or permanent thread
-Tape: Gaffer’s Tape or bi-directional Packing Tape will work. This is to seal off the air between duct joints and around the motor wires where they exit the exhaust air duct.
-Basic tools (file, wire cutter, pliers, hobby knife, various metric hex-drivers, small drill bits, drill, etc) -Paint to detail the cockpit (Optional) -Small amont of fiberglass cloth (3/4 to 1 oz weight)