The only items that pilots will need to source to get this quick-assembling PNP kit in the air are a seven- to nine-channel receiver
and a 6S 50C 5,000 mAh LiPo battery.
90mm EDF that Freewing installs in the
PNP version is in any way a lackluster
performer. To the contrary, this high-performance 90mm EDF uses a 12-blade
impeller and endows the T- 45 with
plenty of thrust!
The long list of scale-enhancing
features included with this exquisitely
detailed jet is guaranteed to fog the
driven leading edge (LE) slats. To my
knowledge, it is the
first time that this
unique and fully
functional feature has
ever been included
on a mass-produced
doors and trailing link
gear nicely replicate
the geometry and
functionality of the
tricycle landing gear.
Rows of plastic vortex generators are
positioned slightly aft of the wing’s
LEs. Other cool plastic details include a
tailhook, functional speed brakes, a pitot
tube, and antennae.
A removable cockpit and hatch
includes a pair of pilot figures and a
nicely detailed cockpit interior. The clear
plastic canopy even mimics the explosive
cord used to predetonate the full-scale
T- 45’s canopy milliseconds before the
pilots’ ejection seats will fire.
A full array of strobing and fixed
navigation lights comes preinstalled, as
does a small wiring interface module that
helps to manage the abundance of wiring
used on this full-featured model.
Finally, Freewing did not simply add
a few details to the wings and white
stabilizers and call it a U.S. Navy scheme.
The impressive number and variety of
factory-applied maintenance graphics
and U.S. Navy markings adorning every
inch of this big Goshawk jet help it live
up to its Super Scale moniker!
The PNP version of the T- 45 comes
out of the box in such an advanced state
of completion that there is no need
to spend hours at one’s workbench
assembling and prepping this detailed
jet for its first flights. Pilots pulling the
parts out of the box for the first time
can instead use the time to savor the
incredible variety of included scale
An abundance of plastic bits are
used to enhance the scale outline of
the Goshawk. Notable pieces include
a striped tailhook and detailed cockpit
with twin pilot figures. The cockpit
instrumentation even includes a
simulated lighted heads-up display!
Freewing supplements the air supplied
to the preinstalled 90mm EDF power
system through the scale twin inlet ducts
with a large auxiliary air inlet opening,
located on the bottom of the fuselage
just forward of the fan assembly. A large,
rectangular, plastic, louvered inlet panel
helps to prohibit the entry of potentially
damaging foreign objects and debris.
Best practices when assembling a PNP
configuration kit include taking a little
time to inspect the integrity of all of
the control surface hinges and pushrod
connections. Freewing’s use of ball-link-style connectors on the control surface
side of the pushrods comes with the
advantage of minimal backlash. This can
help a model respond more crisply to
control inputs and track more precisely
in the air and on the ground.
Actual assembly of the airframe
involves mounting the horizontal
and vertical stabilizer assemblies and
two-piece wing. Removable fasteners
allow pilots to easily break the model
Model type: EDF jet
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
Wingspan: 44. 8 inches
Wing area: 512 square inches
Length: 56 inches
Weight: 129 ounces
Power system: 90mm electric ducted fan
Radio: Minimum seven-channel
Construction: EPO foam
Street price: $499
TEST-MODEL DE TAILS
Motor used: Freewing 3748-1550 Kv
brushless outrunner (installed)
Speed Freewing 130-amp brushless
controller: with separate 8-amp BEC
Battery: Admiral 6S 22.2-volt 5,000 mAh
50C LiPo with EC5 connector
EDF: Freewing 90mm with 12-blade
Radio system: Spektrum Black Edition DX9
DSMX 2. 4 GHz transmitter;
Spektrum AR8000 DSMX
weight: 129 ounces
Flight duration: 3 to 4 minutes
• Extremely high level of scale detail.
• High blade count impeller produces excellent
thrust, with accompanying realistic-sounding
and ear-pleasing acoustics.
• CNC aluminum suspension-equipped struts
and sequenced, multipanel gear doors.
• Operational speed brakes and LE slats.
• Multipin wing connectors and wiring
interface module help to tame the abundance
• Relatively short flight duration.
AT A GLANCE ...
46 Model Aviation JULY 2016