The real Northrop F-5E Tiger II are part of a family of widely used light supersonic fighter aircraft, designed and built by Northrop in the United States, beginning in 1960s. Hundreds remain in service in air forces around the world. The F-5E "Tiger II" was a greatly improved version of the earlier F-5A "Freedom Fighter". Redesigned as a highly maneuverable, lightweight and inexpensive air superiority fighter, the E featured an air-to-air fire control radar system and a lead computing gun sight. More powerful J85 engines required the fuselage to be both widened and lengthened. The forward wing root was redesigned to give the "Tiger II" wing its characteristic triple delta shape.
What does PNP mean? PNP stands for plug and play, and describes a model that is somewhere between Almost Ready to Fly (ARF) and Ready to Fly (RTF). A PNP model has the motor, ESC, servos and some radio gear installed but is missing the receiver, transmitter, batteries and charger.
The unique scheme used on this model is a perfect replica of the special upgraded Brazilian F-5E shown below which was designed to celebrate 30 years of service of the F-5E Tiger in the Brazilian Air Force. (The real F-5E Tiger ll pictured below)
532mm wingspan, 939mm long, 125 sq. in. wing area, 18-1/2 oz. flying weight. Tough EPO foam construction makes a more durable airframe, less prone to dings and dents. The Jet comes with many of the major components pre-installed and ready for final assembly. All you need to do to complete is glue in place the vertical fin, rockets and the EPO nose cone. The 64mm fan is installed with a smooth-running out runner motor and a 30 amp speed control. The 4 servos (2-aileron, 2-elevator) are pre-installed and pre-connected to the flying surfaces.Then you need to add the receiver, battery and transmitter (not included)Flight battery access is located under the canopy, making a quick change easy to do. The jet comes with removable landing gear with a turning nose wheel. It can be flown with or without the gear. If you don't have a smooth runway, hand launching is easy to do and belly landings are a breeze. The high visibility color scheme really helps with maintaining orientation with this fast jet. Small-yes, twitchy-no; the F-5E has great speed and really grooves in the air. The jet is suitable for intermediate to advanced pilots.
The Starmax jets are truly large scale, making them not only look amazing, and dramatic but it adds to the stability of the model in the air. For true EDF jet enjoyment you'll find it hard to beat the Starmax.
Included is an electronic speed controller, ducted fan with electric brushless motor and 4 electric servos all pre-installed. A 4ch transmitter which is required to complete the model gives full 3D control of the aileron, elevator, rudder and throttle. The ducted fan system with the brushless motors gives enormous power pushing the jet to crazy speeds. The high power allows full aerobatic characteristics and inside loops, outside loops, axial rolls, inverted flight, knife edge, stall turns, hammerheads, and spins are all possible.
The attention to detail from Starmax who are the leading rc jet manufacturers gives the jet a nice realistic appearance. The jet can take off from the ground or can be hand launched. If you are not ready to be flying at high speeds then you can also fly the plane very slowly while you get used to it without any problems. The jet is made from shock resistant EPS foam with reinforced fuselage and strong wings. Should you need any spare parts though they are all available from our site. This plane is a lot of fun and you will certainly enjoy flying this fantastic model.