E-flite UMX MiG-15 28mm EDF Jet BNF Basic Review

Review by Adrian Apodaca, RealRCReviews Owner

Equipment Used:

- Stock UMX MiG 15

- Eflite 2s 280mAH lipo

- Spektrum DX9

Pros:

- Amazing scale details

- Beautiful!

- Cool color scheme

- Brushless 2s power yeah!!!

- Flies really well

- Decent flight time

- Traditional micro size

- AS3X and SAFE

- Clear canopy

- Wallet friendly price!

Cons:

- Comes in hot!

Intro:

I'm going to keep this short because my video review is pretty lengthy and detailed. About 5 years ago, Horizon came out with the all red original version of this same plane. If I'm not mistaken, it was their first to include AS3X. Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to get it, I was being kind of a snob and only flying larger aircraft at the time. Once I got into EDF's at the end of 2018, I was stoked to see that Horizon was relaunching this sweet-ass plane.

 

Unboxing and Setup:

Like all UMX planes, the MiG comes completely assembled so there is really nothing you need to build unless you want to stick the included guns in or remove the landing gear. The box is nice and well padded and makes a good carrying case if you have the room to store the box.

 

As for transmitter setup, I opted against using SAFE and set everything else up according to the manual. I did however add a third rate in between the suggested high and low rates, though I generally prefer to do all of my flying in high rates. As for battery placement for flight, the manual says "toward the back of the compartment". I wasn't sure exactly how far back they meant so I stuck it most of the way back (until it hit the wires) and tried balancing it. Seems to work fine there, so that's what I went with.

 

One last thing set-up-wise, is that you may want to add some of the fuzzy side of a velcro strip to the top and bottom of your batteries. Since the batteries go in sidewase, you'll need velcro along the edge, but the friction on the sides coupled with the one strip of velcro is barely enough to hold the battery in during flight. As you'll see in my first landing in the video below, the battery pops out on impact.

 

Flight:

Prepare for an RC boner lol. 50% of the enjoyment of flying this little MiG is the flying, the other 50% comes from seeing this slick little EDF whiz by in all of it's tiny EDF glory. If you have bystanders nearby, prepare for a ton of questions as they will be amazed by seeing a miniature jet flying around. It is indeed fun to fly on low and mid-rates, but I really have the most fun in high. I do crank up my expo a lot higher than most manuals recommend, but I like the soft feel since I'm not doing any 3-d or anything with my planes. I kept my flights to 3 minutes, but I think I could have comfortably added another minute and still have a little juice left. One thing to keep in mind if you are new to EDFs, keep a fair amount of throttle on while you bank turns or you may stall or just drop more than you want to. Landings are easy to line up and the plane is nice and controlled on descent, but in my testing, I did find it comes down kinda hot. As long as you're not hammering it down, you should be fine. Don't be bothered by a tiny bounce or two, I think it's just from the stiff, short gear. You might choose to hand launch and land in grass, but I for one ALWAYS try to fly off of the gear if a plane has it.

 

Conclusion:

Thank you so much for relaunching this plane Horizon. It is wonderful and I love it. I won't recommend it to total newbs, but if you are at least an intermediate pilot, then you will be happy as a clam with this purchase. My hope is that Horizon will add another EDF to their small line-up of mini EDFs. Please watch my video below and subscribe if you have an account!

 

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