The Grumman F9F Cougar was basically a swept wing Panther, in fact early production versions were little more than a modified Panther airframe. The new swept wing raised the Mach Number of the Panther from 0.79 to 0.86 for the Cougar but the plane came too late for Korea and the Cougar was quickly relegated to less glamorous roles, some even being converted to target drones. However, the F9F-8 version shown was the ultimate version of the Cougar, being purely a fighter and heavily armed with both Cannon and up to six missles as shown on this superb scale model.
This very scale looking EPO model very much does the Cougar justice. The very powerful alloy EDF unit is pre-fitted and supplies lots of thrust, performance is superb on 4s with plenty of vertical and it sounds amazing. Nice quality all metal retracts with sprung legs are pre-fitted for you and connected to powerful servo's. All the other high torque servos are pre-fitted, as is the fully programmable ESC and UBEC which gives the option of 4.8v or 6v output to the RX.
This is a quality scale model that is a little more involved than your average Plug N Fly in terms of build, but the reward for the RC pilot is one of the best flying foam models in the 70mm class.
Flying Weight: 1350g
EDF: Alloy 68mm with 2850 880w Brushless inrunner 3575kv (Static Thrust on 4s - 1450g)
ESC: 60A OPTO
Servo: 8 x 9g High Torque
Comprehensive Decal Sheet
Your Own 5~6 Channel TX/RX
3300mAh 4s ~ 4000mAh 4s Lipoly Battery
Excellent jet. Requires some small improvements like reinforced front landing gear mount. The price is unbelievable - it's a $200 plane. Takeoffs are a bit tricky as CG is very close to mains and nose constantly tries to jump on any bump. In the air is pretty fast but easy to control. Landings are fast, won't hurt adding flaps as ailerons are too big anyway.Today I did test fly my Cougar from Hobbyking. And I am very happy with it. Power is enough for good climbing - though it is not a 6S of course. EDF workes and sounds great without any modifications.
I did fly 2x 2S1P 4000 in series, as all my 4S1P only are about 2650 and with that not heavy enough to achieve the CG. And I did not want to add weight for nothing. With the 2x 2S1P completely in front of the plane the CG (80mm from beginning of the wing) was correct automaticalls.
It was a good idea to for me to set servo range of the rudder down to 50pcnt with 85 Expo: The jet needed quite a long way to taxi and this helped to keep it on the street. Also I did start with flaps down. Not sure if this is correct for an RC plane, but full scale planes I have more experience always start with flaps down. And it started nice.
Building went well - I used 30min Epoxy for everything. Quite happy with this decision.
Besides of all the plane looks just cool, in my opinion, even if it is only on the ground in the appartement.
Thank you Hobbyking, again I don't know how someone could top this. Love it!