It’s been quiet around the F-16 for far to long !!
In the meantime the pipe has arrived from Grumania in Germany.
A piece of art. Super light weight and double wall !!
Installation of the pipe was done in a few minutes.
As Ilja had send me the weight of the pipe I was able to set the CG before the pipe arrived (how many sheets of paper do you have to roll up to get 80 grams??)
As soon as the pipe was inside the plane I did the first test run of the engine.
During the first run I noticed that the engine did not throttle up smoothly – if JetCat says that the fuel line from pump to turbine needs to be at least 110cm (not mm) = 1.1 meter, then better follow the instructions.
Fuel line extended and “TATAAAAAA…” the throttling up is smooth.
Enjoy the video of the JetCat P20-SE with KeroStart spooling up…
Done !! (well except for the pipe which has not arrived yet).
Once the jet pipe has arrived from Gumania the engine can be started and the plane will be ready for maiden.
In summary: a very nice plane to build – quick and easy.
(a pre-installed rudder -which was also available from Tamjets- will make the installation even quicker).
To mount the Dubro 600ml (20oz) tank as close to the CG as possible, I have installed a wooden frame over the retract bay.
The top surface of the wood is coated with a thin layer of silicone. Once dry the “anti slip” effect of the silicone allows me to install the tank with 2 velco straps. This makes removal easy.
The turbine bay and servos are protected by a layer of TamJets Heat Shield Blanket and fire retardant foam tape.
The TamJets Hopper Tank is installed beside the main fuel tank near the steering servo.
The retracts are operated by one of our AirPower EV-2 electronic retract valves. The brakes are driven by a AirPower EV-1 brake valve.
As the gear doors stay open once the gear is out, I decided to use a single action EV-1 valve for the doors as well.
The door open airline is connected to the retract down airline. This will open the doors as the same time the gear is deployed.
The door close airline is then connected to the EV-1 valve which is driven by a separate delay mixed channel on my JR Transmitter.
Once the gear is retracted, the door close valve is activated automatically after a 2 second delay (servo speed setting) and closes the doors.
The Turbine pump and ECU, fuel valve and kero start valve are all located in front of the cockpit area to make it easier to set the correct CG later (I calculated with a pipe weight of 80grams).
The last item still missing (it slowly travels to Singapore by German Post) is the Grumania P-20 Pipe for the F-16.
Double wall, titanium pipe with only 76grams.. very sexy..
The pipes are custom made and available from Grumania and of course via our webshop
Welcome to Part 4 of the building log. I’m close to finishing the F-16 now.
I manufactured 2 rails from plywood and glued it to the main fuselage former and fuselage sides.
The rails are a bit to low for the proper thrust line so 6mm plywood doublers are added at the mounting location.
A plywood triangle at the rear further supports the rail on the fuselage walls.
The JetCat P-20 fixed in place (with DIY mini FOD) ..
Taileron servos and tailerons installed.
This step is very well prepared from the factory. Just slide them in and attach the horns. Done !!!
Cockpit “glass” cut out and glued into place with Pacer canopy glue.
After it dried for 24 hours, the Pilot moved in.
As his previous home was a HET F-18, I had to rebuild the cockpit floor from glassed balsa sheet.
Happy 2011 everyone !!
I finished the installation of the retracts and routed the airlines.
The intake duct is installed – I will have to cut it down later to install the fuel tank.
The EDF Version I’m converting does not have a rudder, so I decided to modify the plane and cut/install a working rudder for those cross wind moments.
The pictures below show how I cut out the rudder, added balsa to close the rudder and fin.
At the end I added a layer of light glass to the rounded edge so it an be painted. Looks quite good after the paint job.
The Rudder Servo is a Hitec HS-85MG which is installed in the small box below the rudder. A pin from the rudder will go into the small groove in the servo arm to drive the rudder.
after playing around with various airframe options for the new JetCat P-20 I have decided to start building on a TamJets F-16 in 1/12 scale (below videos helped me a lot to make up my mind ) and plant the little turbine into this model.
Other candidates for the P-20:
- Jet Teng BaeHawk
- Jet Teng L-39
- Schuebeler Bae Hawk
- Schreiner/Savex L-39
- Aero-naut Panther
- Aero-naut Rafale (120mm fan version – not sure if this will work with the P-20 as the pipe might reduce power to much….)
Some videos of the Tam F-16 with P-20 in action:
The following components will be installed in the F-16 (they can be found on in our webshop):
Retracts: Tamjet Mini Air Retracts (4mm wire)
Brakes: TamJets Brake (4mm wire)
Wheels: MPI Wheels with 2” for the mains and 1.5” for the nose
Retract Valve: Airpower EV-2U (1x)
Brake and Door: Airpower EV-1U (2x)
Turbine: JetCat P-20
Tank: Dubro 20oz Tank
Air Trap: TamJets Airtrap tank
Starting the build – First Task:
- Cut gear doors
- Install Retracts, doors and cylinders
I first tried to cut the doors with a saw but had some issues with chipped paint so I switched to a hot knife which worked much better.
Although my version of the F-16 was already from the new batch (with some additional re-enforcements to the retract mount), I decided to add one more layer of carbon to the front of the spar (to much I guess but it looks good….kind of…… ).
I also added the additional block to the wing mounting area (although it would not be required).
Gear door hinges installed and air cylinders fitted (the nose door cylinder comes from a TamJets Gear door install kit, the main cylinders are Airpower 12mm stroke cylinders).
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Typhoon 700 Motors
The new line of High End RC Typhoon 700 Motors are designed for high power EDF jet applications. With a can length of 60mm and 68mm these motors are designed for output powers of more the 3000kW for lipos ranging from 5S all the way to 12S.
Starting with the 10-12S Typhoon 700-68 we now have the first motors in stock.
New motor types are arriving nearly on daily basis. Make sure to check out our webpage frequently
Lipo and current draw recommendations are listed for each motor type on our webpage.
2 pairs of Quick Connectors for retract air lines and retract tubing. Allows for easy separation between wing and fuselage airlines for retracts or brake systems.
Also available as self closing valves (to keep air from leaking out when disconnected).
EZ Wing Servo Mount
EZ Servo Mount – Medium
Mounting servos has never been this easy than before. Why bother spending hours to install your servo. Go the easy way.
The Medium size servo mount comes with a #2 screw hardware package. This Medium Servo Mount is best suited for servos such as the JR 9411, 9011 and any other servo with a housing length of around 35mm (1.37 ”)
Also available as Standard Mount.
Will fit most Standard Servos such as the JR 537, 2721, 8411. Hitec 335, 635, 5645, 5945, 5975 and standard Futaba servo.
Tamjets – Servo Screws
Tamjets #2 Servo Screws with hex head.
Length: 7/16" (11mm)
Quantity: 100 pieces
Easy installation of servos at difficult locations with the hex head and the help of a ball head allen key.
Also available with 9/16" (14mm) length.