This tiny Sabre is amazing, EPO foam combined with it's featherweight stats means it will be very forgiving of the odd less than 100% landing. The 35mm Fan Unit & ESC are pre-installed as are the aileron and elevator servo's, the model comes in 1 piece so all you have to do when it arrives is connect the control rods. The supplied 4 Channel 2.4ghz Transmitter is pre-bound to the pre-fitted micro RX to speed up set up time, the transmitter features servo reverse and trims for each channel.
The box the model arrives in is really handy for not only transporting the model to prevent hanger rash but the spare pockets in the packing foam are ideal for carrying spare Lipoly's and you will have so much fun with this, I would carry a few! The supplied charger will operate from a 12v supply and charges through the JST-XH balance lead. All you need now is a flying buddy armed with the Micro Mig 15 for a tennis court dogfight!
Wing Span: 386mm
Flying Weight: 100g
EDF: 35mm with 9000kv Brushless Outrunner Motor
ESC: 6A w/BEC
Servo: 2 x 2g
Optional Drop Tanks
Magnetic Canopy & Fan Hatch
Pre-Installed Control Horns
2.4ghz 4 Channel Proportional TX
4 Channel RX
350mAh 2s 7.4v Lipoly
12v Lipoly Balance Charger
4 x AA Dry Cell Battery
Well I paid 4 my sabre f86 wk ago it says its been shipped so I write a proper 1 then .But lost email containing tracking no anyway I can get it back all data wipes every 24hrsplane stalls when doing turns ,chip connecting the motor and battery caught fire,I got one of these, fly it every weekend, and totally love it! Even though I expect the model would fly better without them I glued the tanks on and as predicted they make good "skids" for landing on and protect the aileron servo and pushrods - I've yet to damage either. With the tanks fitted I can on a still day perform "touch and goes" with this model if the grass is really short. The best surface being an astroturf cricket pitch.
To make this already good model awesome I did the following:
I use stiffer (slightly thicker & heavier) rods to the ailerons - this improved control enourmously as the rods as supplied were flexing under load I think making the contol responses quite variable.
I put some (silver) tape on the bottom of the tanks (and aileron servo protection "bump") to make them more resilient as skids - this added very little weight. I also put some (shortened?) sewing pins into the tank pylons through the top of the wings so that it wasn't just foam attaching the tanks and taking the landing loads. This also added very little weight but made the tanks attachment much stronger. The pin heads are hardly noticeable - not "berry" sewing pins with the coloured plastic ball on the end of them.
The greatest improvement to be made is to fit a 10A ESC and a Rhino 360mAh 3S battery - it really goes with this setup! The existing ESC might have been ok on 3S but IThis is a good Item,
Has fairly level flight and fly's like a high wing air craft, It is stable in the air.
Fairly quick but does loose altitude in high bank turns. slightly under powered, will not loop gets to vertical and stalls.
Elevator servo seems weak and esc power wires can get caught in Elev arm. ESC winds EDF down slowly, and beeps (1 per second) continuously when no throttle applied, useful for locating when lost, annoying when working on.
The Aileron servo is the Achilles heal of this air craft. Its location of the under the wings leads to stripped gears on belly landings on thicker grass. I upgraded to a 8G servo to fix, it still fly's but the servo arm still broke on landing. It will fly with one aileron but stripped gears on next landing.
All in all a good plane but more protection is required for Aileron servo.