The Phoenix Preceptor: an RC EDF Jet ARF

This RC EDF jet has no foam at all! An all balsa and ply ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) is quite a large jet (90mm  recommended fan). Does need some basic modeling skills to complete.


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Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF: Retracts.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF: Retracts.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF: Retracts.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.



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Features




  • Construction: Balsa and ply
  • Wing: Two-piece with aluminum wing joiner
  • Aileron Control: Dual servo
  • Covering: Hangar 9 UltraCote
  • Canopy: Clear molded plastic with painted pilot bust and full cockpit detail, canopy is removable for easy access to battery and electronics
  • Landing Gear: Two main and one nose gear metal struts with three 2.5" (65mm) wheels, may use electric retracts (not included)



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Specifications

Phoenix Preceptor:RC EDF Jet

  • Wingspan: 55.1" (1400mm)
  • Length: 60.6" (1540mm)
  • Wing Area:  620 sq." (40dm squared)
  • Wing Loading: 42.52 oz. Sq. Ft(129.75 g/dm squared)
  • Weight: 10.56lbs/11.44lbs(4.8/5.2Kg)
  • CG- 6.5-6.7" (165-170 mm back from LE at fuselag
  • Fan-90 mm diameter
  • Power system-8-12S min 4000mAh
  • ESC- 130A brushless
  • Motor- 
  • Thrust:- 8.8lbs(4Kg) minimum
  • Electronic retractable main gear -Required
  • Ailerons-Yes
  • Elevator-Yes
  • Rudder-Yes
  • Flaps-Yes
  • Skill Level-New or experienced jet pilot
  • Build Time-20 hours estimated
  • Recommended Environment-Outdoor 300 ft. min runway or short grass




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Parts Included




Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.
  • Fuselage with canopy hatch (1)
  • Wing panel (1-lh, 1-rh)
  • Tail plane (1-lh 1-rh)
  • Fin/Rudder (1)
  • All above parts are constructed of laser cut balsa and ply and covered in UltraCote
  • Fiberglass air duct tubes (3)
  • Wing & Fin tubes (3)
  • Wheels (3)
  • Landing gear struts (3)
  • Retract pockets-Plastic (2)
  • Aileron servo covers (2)
  • Hardware package (1)




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Extras Required

Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF: EDF unit

JP Hobby 90mm 1400kv 8S 12 Blade Metal EDF is recommended.

It is available from Fanjets USA. Price is $229.99USD

Click here or on the image to visit the web page.




Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF: Retracts

These electric retracts are  available from FanjetsUSA. They come as a 3 unit set and do not include the oleo struts. (They come with the ARF kit)

Click here or on the image to visit the webpage.

The current price is $159.99USD.




Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF: ESC

The recommended ESC, for this RC EDF jet, is the JP Hobby 120A HV  6-12S Brushless Speed Control OPTO.

This is sold by FanjetsUSA. Price is $129.99USD.

Click here or on the image, to visit the web page




  • Radio-6-9 channel transmitter and receiver.
  • Servos.- 8 required-(2 ailerons,2-elevator,2-flaps, 1-rudder, 1-steerable nose wheel). Mini, high torque, 30mm long maximum, (Spektrum A4030, Futaba S3174SV or Hitech 5085MG as examples)
  • Lipo battery 8-12S,400mAh, 60C
  • Charger to suit.



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Videos




Here is the official Phoenix video. Not much on assembly, but good flying shots.




This is a nice video that shows how the model was set up, including equipment used, control throws and CG position.

Sound is a bit quiet in spots, but well worth a look.




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Manual




Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF:Manual

This is a good manual, well written with many images.

Click here, or on the image, to see a PDF version.




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Pros




  • All balsa and ply construction-no foam
  • Completely finished components, covered with Oracover  
  • Large size should result in a manageable wing loading, resulting in good flight characteristics.



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Cons




  • Retract units should be included. Wheels and oleo legs are, but no retracts!



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Modifications




  • It is possible to use a turbojet engine, in place of the EDF.



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Review Notes




  • An extremely good build thread is available on RC groups. Click here to visit



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Purchasing




Phoenix Predator 90mm EDF ARF.

The Phoenix Preceptor RC EDF Jet ARF is available from Tower Hobbies.

The price is $449.99USD. Click here or on the image to visit the page on Tower Hobbies site. 




Please note that the above link to Tower Hobbies pages is provided solely for your convenience. We do not receive any commissions or royalties from Tower Hobbies. The price you may pay is exactly the same as if you were to approach the sites independently.

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