One of our NAMC Mig-35 pilots Jim Zaboski recently sent us a review of his flight experiences thus far with the NAMC Mig-35 and I have pasted it here with Jim's kind permission. Although the picture of his awesome looking Mig-35 is already on our "wall of fame", I have to post it here again because it just looks so darn good!
I’ve flown the MiG-35 successfully now for several flights in calm conditions. What a tight well handling little airplane! This plane tracks dead spot on and is very well balanced and responsive. No tail waggle. When the guys at NAMC say the MIG-35 is scary fast they mean it. I flew the plane with the 2212/6 2700 Kv motors motor/6X3 EMP prop/40amp ESC/2200 40C 3S Zippy battery. My build weight is 22.5 ounces which is about 1.5 ounces over Scotts recommended ideal weight. The added weight was due in part to extra carbon in the elevators and between the rudders, onboard battery voltage sensor w/telemetry, and a lost plane transmitter (if I crash I want to be able to locate it and retrieve the electronics and controls). There’s plenty of power with this set up. To launch, at ¾ throttle, it will virtually fly out of your hand. The plane can sustain unlimited vertical flight with ease.
I set up the plane with the throws specified in the instructions. I found the throws to be too severe for my flying skills. I set up my radio for three rate settings that can be switched in flight 40/60/100 and tried them all. 60% of the maximum rates provides more than enough maneuverability for me. As I build confidence more aggressive rates may make more sense.
I’m still getting used to the high performance flight characteristics and for now tend to fly conservatively and within my piloting skills. The plane is stable at slow speeds and I found that to be a very good flight characteristic. It allows me to gather my bearings between bursts of faster flight speeds. To land I just line up to my landing area cut the power and glide in. Again, this is attributed to the MIG-35 stability at slow speeds.
I’m able to get about 10 minute flight times as equipped. Definitely not using the full potential of the Mig 35’s flight envelope. I purchased the high performance NTM motor/prop/battery combination so I have plenty of room to grow with this plane. Fun build, good looking plane, and superior performance!
Many thanks to Jim for building and flying the Mig-35 and providing us with this excellent review, feedback like this is invaluable to helping us help other Mig-35 pilots and to incorporate in future NAMC planes.