This is a big departure from our other models – an Electric Ducted Fan or EDF profile model jet. Its about 48 inches long and has a 24-inch wingspan. Designed for a 55mm 5800KV EDF – but Rabid Models does not sell the EDF unit.
We just were not interested in producing a simple model. The F104 is special and we wanted to see what we could do to make a scale model without compromise – as a result this model is fairly complicated and not for inexperienced pilots or builders. We worked on it for 3 years before deciding to offer it as a kit.
- – The construction manual is more than 100 pages, but its actually a “Build Log” – a humorous journey authored by our first F104 customer in Belgium. The Tiger paint scheme we gave the prototype is modeled after the Belgian Air Force’s F104 “Tiger Meet” aircraft. (Markings to make the paper decals are included in the kit)
- – It has a full flying stab (just like the real plane) with a custom-made 3D-printed mount. It has CF wing spars and a drooped LE – and we installed flaperons, but during development we found that flaps really weren’t necessary.
- – It has some specific flight characteristics which are similar to the full-size plane, including a “deep stall” and a super-fast roll rate. It requires a working rudder (and you must use the rudder). It flies very well once properly set up!
- – It must be kept as light as possible. Use small servos and a 1300mah 3cell battery.
- -The wing-tips tanks are scratch built from parts supplied with the kit. They are optional but help the aerodynamics so they are recommended. They can be made removable with some craftsmanship.
- – The model is of the two-seat F104G but it can be easily converted into the single seat model, and cockpit decal files are provided for both types.
- -This is a hand-cut kit, made to order (not laser-cut). Limited availability.
We made a number of videos of this model during its long test-flight development. Here is a short video demonstrating its basic performance – including the “deep stall” and a nice landing.
The kit includes the foam parts needed to build this model, carbon fiber spars for reinforcement, and some special parts including the custom-designed stabilizer mount. There are some accessories such as the pull-pull control system. The wingtip tanks need to be hand-crafted (carved) from foam pieces. The model is not assembled or painted, so the customer needs to supply glue, paint, and other hobby tools, servos, EDF, and electronics in order to put it together. The modeler also needs to supply a micro aileron pushrod system.
“Tent Peg” is a pejorative nickname German air force pilots called this plane due to its high accident rate. We can’t call it by its American name due to copyright restrictions.