BVM attended Georgia Jets September 24 -
27. The on and off again rain showers interfered with efforts to photo planes
and people. Steve Homenda did contribute this picture of himself and his BVM EVF
10S powered Electra - Steve won the "Best Electric Performance Award".
Don DeSandre and BV were flying Electra's
at "First In Flight". Don's model is an Electra ARF with EVF 12S power.
BV's is from an 8 year old original kit with EVF ~2~ 12S 9er power. They match
the performance of many turbine models at 160-170 mph.
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:45 PM
Subject: Electra Maiden
Thanks to BVM Jets for the fast shipping and
responsive customer support. The plane arrived in pristine condition and the
instructions and plans are very detailed. I was able to fly the jet for the
first time today with the help of Steve Dimaio. Steve did the maiden and dialed
everything in, so all I had to do was concentrate on flying. The jet flies as
great as it looks. I can’t wait to fly it again.
Grass Valley, CA
Hi Guys !
'Just wanted to share some pictures of my Electra kit. I bought it finished and
it had a different kind of fan installed. I installed my EVF2 "R " on 12 s and
needed to adjust the battery and fan mounts. We had a telemetry speed sensor
installed which showed over 200 mph in level flight. This picture was taken just
before the first flight. Like always, just fly and enjoy. The paint scheme is
borrowed from the "Ultra" as you can see.
From: Steve Homenda
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2014 5:51 PM
Subject: Electra maiden flight
Maiden flight of my BVM Electra occurred on 6/29/14
at RCACF following a 4 month spare time build. With Bob at my side, aircraft
flew as advertised. Rock solid full flap approach and full stop landing.
Great! Needs a few minor adjustments after which it will be a frequent sight at
From: Kirk Jensen
Sent: Monday, April 07, 2014 9:24 AM
A guy got a few action shots at Fort Bend Jets
a couple weekends ago, see attached.
From: Bob Belluomini
Subject: Fred Tissot
I want to share this photo of Fred standing with his recently completed
and test flown Electra Jet. I have been working with Fred since August.
What you may not know is that shortly after I called Fred in early June, he fell
and broke his hip. Fred did not let this stop him from finishing his model
as soon as the doctor cleared him to be up and about. To date we have made
6 flights on Fred's Electra. Fred has flown the model three of those times and
it is his inspiration! I really enjoyed helping him. Fred's Electra is
powered by an EVF ~3~ 12S and utilizes E-Blue Retracts.
From: Kirk Jensen
Sent: Friday, February 21, 2014 9:30 AM
Subject: New Stuff In The Air
Thought I would send a couple pics of the new
planes. Put the first flight on the Ultra last weekend, and the Electra has
about 20 flights on it. As usual they both are great! The Ultra has a P200SX,
and both are flying with JR DMSS 2.4 with telemetry.
Sent: Sunday, October 06, 2013 8:11 PM
To: Bob Violett
Cc: Heather (BVMJets)
Subject: Photo for web site...
Hope you are
doing well and getting a lot of flying time in! I thought I’d send you this
great in-flight photo of Rob Lynch’s Electra from
E-Week 2013 (doing a low, low pass!). On the drive up to Triple Tree, we were
trying to put a number on the flights this early Electra ARF has seen, our
estimates put it somewhere near 3,000 flights. This really says a lot about your
product for sure as Rob was flying the heck out of it as always and ripping it
up @ E-week with 200+ MPH passes all week long with no issues at all! If you
decide to use the photo for the web site, please credit the photographer, Bill
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:48 AM
Subject: Flying at Markham Park
I'm sending this photo of Rick Chase and myself with
our FLY NAVY paint schemes. Rick is flying his new Bandit arf MARK II and I’m
flying an Electra "T" powered with a P-60. Both jets are flying awesome like all
BVM products do.
Sunday, August 11, 2013 9:43 PM
SPAM-LOW: BVM Electra, it doesn't get any better!
I just wanted to take a minute to
thank you and the BVM team for building what is easily the best flying sport jet
on the planet! This is my second Electra and there is simply nothing I can find
negative to say about this plane. Excellent design, superior quality and
technical execution all come together for a 200 MPH electric jet that fits in
the back of my SUV (with the wings on), nothing short of awesome. I’ve been
flying with the new Thunder Power 70C G8 7700 mAh packs (only 8.25 ounces
heavier AUW versus the 6600 mAh packs) and logging 8 minute flight times, what a
great setup. You guys should be very proud of your products, there’s nothing out
there that can match what you guys have created, perfection ;-)
As always, thanks for the great products and
support, hopefully I’ll be seeing you guys at a show soon…
From: Gonzalo Martinez
Sent: Monday, August 05, 2013 1:04 PM
To: Dustin Buescher
Subject: Gonzalo's new Electra in Northern California
Just to let you know we
maidened my new Electra with Jack Gerardo Diaz and OMG! AMAZING! pure flying. I
got on it the DX 18 with telemetry and on the GPS we got 182mph without event
Love it love it!!! A few
pictures for you!
Thank you so much for
bringing such an amazing product!
The 03 "buzz" number on the nose and tail
identifies this Electra kit built 7 years ago. The "F" on the Fin identifies
as Bob Fiorenze.
The power unit is an early EVF 5012 and is
still performing quite impressively as a 10S system utilizing the latest Thunder
Power 70C 6600 mAh batteries.
Here, Fio's Electra is being charged for
another flying session at R.C.A.C.F.. A 10 cell power system can be a
combination of (2) 4S and (1) 2S packs or preferred (2) 5S (6600 mAh) pack.
Saturday, November 03, 2012 2:13 PM
Dear BVM Staff,
Found a picture from this past April after I maidened my new BVM Electra. It is
a pleasure to fly such an amazingly well engineered product like this. Thank you
for all you do for this sport and I can not wait to see everyone again at some
of next year's events!
Lt Steven DiMaio, USAF
Grand Forks AFB, ND
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 6:17 PM
Pics of Electra
sending a picture of my Electra, I am using a 12s EVF, charging with CellPro
Lab8, and Thunder Power batts, the performance of the package is excellent, I am
now converting my F-86 AFS to EVF power, talk to you soon about it. Thanks again
to you and the crew at BVM.
I just put the
maiden flight on the Electra and all I have to say is WOW!!!
It only needed 2
clicks of aileron and no weight added as I built it per the manual. I went the
All Electric route ( E-gear and E-Brake) and the fact that I can throw this in
the truck, to the local flying field, with limited support equipment is what
it's all about for me.
Your staff is
second to none, Patty, Heather and Dustin are always there to answer any
questions I needed, and are always available to get the parts I need out very
quickly. I do Have to tip my hat to Harley Condra. He has helped me every step
of the way on 2 builds. He is a Saint to put up with someone like me. People
like this is why I will always have a BVM in my fleet. I look forward to doing a
Bandit this winter. Thanks again for such a great flying jet..
Dan Davis just completed his first flight
on his EVF powered Electra. Successful of course!
From: Gregg Fullington
Sent: Saturday, March 19, 2011 1:08 AM
To: Heather (BVMJets)
Cc: Walter Hess
Subject: Electra maiden
Walter Hess flew the maiden flight on his Electra
March 11, 2011.We were impressed that absolutely NO trim was needed! He was all
smiles during the flight, enjoying the wide speed range it has. Power is the 10
cell EVF2 using Thunder Power 65c packs.
This gorgeous Blue Angle Electra is proudly
owned by Mark Edwards PhD. Mark started with a BVM Electra kit and
meticulously hand crafted the airframe and paint job with a little counsel from
Bob Fiorenze and B.V. Dustin helped with a perfectly executed first flight
on EVF 10S and ThunderPower 65C 5300mAh batteries. A one of a kind
Electra! Markings and paint
masks are from ProMark.
Date: February 4, 2011 12:18:52 PM EST
Subject: Electra pics
Hi Bob and
Enclosed are a few pics of my Electra that I just maidens last weekend. As
you know this is the plane that I bought partially started from Lee Andersen.
Let me say that the caliber of the work he had done reflects the abilities of a
true craftsman. With Lee being the design force behind the VioFan no wonder it
is such a superb powerplant. I have built a few BVM kits and while they
have all been great kits to build I must say that this kit was the most well
engineered and designed kit I have EVER built. A pure joy to build.
The plane is also fantastic to fly with no bad habits. Smooth, precise and
well mannered. She is built exactly per plans. 15.7 pounds ready to fly
with batteries. Powered by a VioFan-2- with 12S ThunderPower batteries.
All JR equipment. I added a set of Maverick durostruts to the mains with V-lite
wheels and brakes. She is painted with auto lacquer with a few Pro-Mark 3D
panels for accent. I tried to keep weight down and felt that she came out with
a minimum of fat. Each wing panel only gained 1.9 Ozs from bare balsa to final
this GREAT aircraft.
PS enclosed also is a picture of Doug Andersons Electra and mine together.
Sent: Friday, November 19, 2010 10:12 AM
To: Heather (BVMJets)
Subject: Electra Photos
I attached hi-res photos of Ken “Wags” Wagner with
the Electra jet. Shot at sunset at the Chino Airport.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010 2:41 AM
Ken Wagner loves this Electra
and I do to. Flies really well.
From: Jose Martinez
Sent: Tuesday, August 03, 2010 10:04 PM
Subject: Electra Finally
Bob you talked me into buying an Electra 2 years ago after
you helped me fly my viper conversion. This weekend Rob was there to help me
through my first flight on the Electra.
So were you right about getting the Electra?....
Even though the Viper was an incredibility smooth
and stable plane the Electra not only has those characteristics but
a much wider flight envelope, fantastic confidence inspiring jet.
Sorry it took so long to build it but I had to
take 2 years off for personal issues. In addition also would not
call my self a modeling craftsman so it went slow, but I
followed the manual and everything fit perfectly. Hope you like
my custom snow camo scheme pictures were taken by Jack Fetter.
Your company support and field reps are unmatched BAR
NONE......GREAT WORK BV!
Jose M. Martinez
From: Behzad Pakzad
Sent: Monday, July 19, 2010 5:12 PM
To: Heather (BVMJets)
Hi Patty and Heather
I completed the Electra a few weeks ago and flew it. It
is fun to fly with excellent flight characteristics. It met all my expectations
and I could not be any happier with it. Please thank Dustin for all his help.
From: Lasse Palm
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2010 2:34 PM
Here is some Electra pictures from Laxå Jet meeting, in Sweden, we had this
weekend. P.S. I will send more pictures later
Sent: Friday, May 07, 2010 10:35 AM
Subject: Rodriguez pictures
This is one of the last flights for awhile with my father and I.
I won't be able to fly that often because I am starting medical school in
August. I appreciate the opportunity to enjoy your products.
See more on
Ultra Bandit Hotshots
From: Shani Studnik
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 6:47 PM
Subject: New Electra!!
Dear Bob and Patty
I took out my new Electra this afternoon to burn some amps up. It has the
5012 set up with 30C batteries. The plane flys great!! It's fast, it's slow,
it's a ball to fly. With flaps down into the wind it basically hovers.
Congrats on yet another job well done with this design. I look forward to
many flights in the future.
Dr Shani Studnik
Another Happy Electra Pilot
Harley Condra moved from Kalispell,
Montana to the Orlando, Florida area recently and has since enjoyed flying with
the BVM team. Harley owns a lot of BVM turbine jets but saw us having so
much fun with the E-Jets, he just had to have one. His "Greenie" Electra
is EVF 10s powered and works well at the R.C.A.C.F. club field. It fits
easily into the back of his Escalade and with a charger and 2 sets of
ThunderPower LiPo's, Harley appreciates the simplicity of loading up just a few
items for an afternoon of jet enjoyment. This 29th day of November was 75°
and sunny. A nice departure from shoveling snow.
From: Dave Wilshere
Sent: Sunday, November 01, 2009 3:39 PM
Subject: Electra flown
After a long birth my kit Electra has finally flown. I think I
ordered this kit back in 2006/7 so it's taken time. Because of time the kit
was assembled by good friend Les, who did an expert job on the wood parts
and initial fit before returning the "ARF" to me for finishing. The model
was expertly painted by Mikey who did a super light paint job, really
The model is powered by a 4010EVF, Thunderpower 6500 10s 40c cells
and controlled by JR DSX-922.4 with a RD921Rx and BVM recommended servos
throughout. Radio power is through a Powerbox Sensor switch with two TP1320
First flight was on grass and second flight today at historic
Chalgrove near Oxford in England. Yesterday it was calm, today 15mph winds
and in both conditions the Electra grooved.
Another BVM winner
Motors & Rotors
BVM Note: This Electra was built from the kit
version and the paint lines similar to a Bandit ARF. Very nice work.
Accolade To Craftsmanship
A model craftsman always respects the work of another
similarly talented person. Accepting accolades from fellow model craftsmen
for your most recent piece of work is rewarding and certainly one of the reasons
we work so hard towards perfection. Tommy Wood, Jr. is one of those rare
people in our hobby and his latest example is this exceptional Electra, built
from a kit. The ratio of BVM kit sales to ARF's is small, but we
are pleased to be able to offer true modelers excellent products to allow
them to express their art form.
Expert craftsmanship is evident in every detail of
Electra Jet. This capability and dedication is
almost lost in the current ARF environment, so when we see this kind of
perfection, we want to share it with you. Perhaps knowing that it can still
be done will inspire others.
Tommy is also a great pilot and is
enjoying his EVF5612 Electra at his club field in Mulberry, Florida.
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 4:59 PM
Subject: Pictures from germany
Bvm Crew !
attended a german electric funfly . Me and ralf Dvorak which alread send a
picture where the only BVM guys. The crowd was stunned by the speed and slow
landings. The bandit performed ok with a Schuebie fan but the EVF really
sounds alot nicer. According to this I added the picture of "Carmen " which
is the nicname for the Electra now which a friend found for me. I have 20
flights now everything is perfect and flies just unbelievable.
From: Kirk Sonnier
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2009 9:57 AM
Subject: Electra Photos
Here are some photos of the Electra. It was built from the kit and
is finished with Flite Metal and Dupli Color Mirage paint. The color
changes from blue to red depending on the curvature of the surface and the
From: Robert Belluomini
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2009 8:59 AM
Subject: Afterburner Event
I attended the MS Afterburner event this past weekend and
made 12 flights. It flies awesome, the only adjustment I made was a bit more
expo to the elevator after the first flight. The new TP Batteries have
phenomenal performance. We were dealing with a 10-15 mph crosswind, the Electra
handled crosswind on landing as if it was a much larger jet. Since the batteries
were new at the time, I limited my flights to five minutes. The most I
discharged the packs was 4900 mAh and that was during a flight with a lot of
vertical maneuvers and high speed runs. Most flights consumed under 4000 mAh.
Seven minutes will be easy to achieve with confidence. I was awarded the Best
Electric Jet trophy. Thanks for a great product. 'Very pleased to be flying a
|Sent: Friday, April 10,
2009 8:40 AM
Subject: Electra T
Here are a few pictures of the Electra T just after the maiden flight. The
airplane flew great!
Wren 44 Turbine (10lbs of thrust)
All recommended JR servos
Spektrum AR9000 Receiver
JR Voltage regulator
Lipo's on ECU and Receiver
Jean-Claude with his Camo Electra and puppies.
Subject: Successful maiden
Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009
Last year at the
Ohio E. Jet event I got an Electra Camo with the Viofan 5212 and the
Air-Blue retract. Sunday, March 15 the temperature finally rose and I
was able to maiden the plane with a 12 S pack. I was a bit nervous, but
I built and flew the first version last year with a TF4000.... I knew
the plane would behave like a trainer. Just one click up on elevator and
the rest was just a superb flight.....The Viofan is incredible with a
fantastic sound and a very hidden power inside: I loved it.
THANK YOU BVM you are the BEST
From: Mark Taylor
Sent: Monday, February 02, 2009 7:56 PM
From the minute I
opened the box, I was thrilled! The finish is spectacular! It will put a lot
of painters out of business! As usual, very nice build. The new door mod is
very well thought out. Test flight today was awesome. 2 clicks of trim was all
it needed! Very conservative flight profiles yielded 6 minute flight times and
consumed only half the capacity. Now I wish I had decided to do try it earlier!
What a hoot!
Thank you and Best
Fio's Big Red
photo's by Ben Lanterman
In this wonderful
world of ARF's, it is rare to see a model built from a kit that radiates
this level of craftsmanship. Bob Fiorenze has been building and
piloting jets since the very beginning of fan powered models when we had
only semi kits of Skyhawks and the Scozzi fan to work with. His
dedication to the hobby earned Bob a Top Gun championship in 1990 flying a
twin fan powered F-18 Hornet.
This brilliant red
Navy Aggressor scheme Electra is Bob's latest effort and another tribute to
his art form. This model can stand close inspection, as a matter of
fact, the closer you examine it, the better is gets.
Even though the
wings and tails are from built-up balsa structures, there is no hint of the
wood grain or underlying structure in the final automotive urethane finish.
This Electra Jet is also a billboard for how you can enhance the skin
detailing with ProMark's raised panels, rivets, and sport jet nomenclature,
all captured beneath the polished clear coat finish.
Even though it is a
very special model, Bob flies it in an aggressive routine that shows off the
Electra/EVF performance capability.
You can see this model
and many other samples of the BVM electric jets at several jet events around
the country, or if visiting Orlando, Florida you might even catch us at the
RCACF club field.
Winter time is our
flying season, so, if you are going to be in Orlando, give us a call.
We don't fly on que, but if we are going to the field anyway, you can catch
the EVF's in action.
click on images to enlarge
raised panels simulate a fueling cap, a vent, and an access hatch.
These panels comes as a sheet of computer cut samplings. You first
scuff the chrome finish, peel and stick, paint over, then partially scuff
away the paint and add chalk streaks.
| The intake warning and
rescue nomenclature are ProMark epoxy ink transfers that are easy to apply.
A clear coat is not needed but can add to their durability.
|| Shown here is
another fueling cap, ejection seat danger shield, a BVM NACA Cooling Vent,
and a cockpit deck that comes with your Electra kit.
| The lettering and
Stars/Bars are painted on using ProMark "paint through" vinyl stick-on
accomplished the tailpipe nozzle with an air brush using silver and black
tints. The rivets and panel lines were applied with a "Sharpie" ink
pen. The clear coat must be applied in two stages to avoid
running/blurring of the ink. Apply a thin dry coat first, allow to
cure, then a smooth wet coat.
| The wing leading edges are
trimmed with chrome stick-on Monokote. The chalk weathering simulates
dirt and grease emerging from an Aileron hinge.
Scale modelers like Fio, learned these
techniques from years of experience as a scale competition flyer.
Applying them to a sport jet definitely sets it apart
from the others at a jet event.
From: ROBERT LYNCH
Sunday, June 08, 2008 9:37 PM
This is the
Electra I built in five days from start to finish along with Rob Rich.
The airplane now has 7 flights on it. Rob and I are doing a little
formation flying with them and enjoying these fun and simple models.
From: Matt West
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2008 12:47 PM
Subject: Electra Maiden Flight
Bob & Crew
I just wanted to drop you a line and a few pictures of the Electra's
maiden voyage this weekend in Fresno. BVM's field rep Mark Taylor
was there for the event and was most helpful throughout the build
and first flight. The Electra was a joy to build and even more
fun to fly in the 101 degree heat this weekend. Not one click of
trim was needed during the first flight and all my fears of landing
without brakes evaporated in the heat when I found how slow and
steady it would fly on approach. Thanks for a great product and
support. I look forward to seeing you at Fresno Jets this summer!
Editors Note: Mark
created some fabulous tail art that enhances the Diamond Back
Al's Hobbies Jet Centre
Monday, May 05, 2008 3:17 PM
I thought I would send you a photo of
my new Electra ARF. I have been flying this for a few weeks now, and really
enjoying it. Our display season is just starting here in the UK and I am hearing
more and more people comment that they just can not believe such performance is
possible from a large EDF. For me, I just love how smooth and pure the model
is. The rolling maneuvers are great with such little coupling on the rudder.
It's also really positive on elevator, and with first stage flaps the tight
loops are great fun.
When Terry Nitsch prepares a model for the Toledo Trade Show,
it usually wins. This year Terry's Electra garnered first place in the
"Best Finish" category and 2nd place in the overall jet competition. The
airbrushed "Miss Electra" certainly compliments the sleek airframe.
Terry say's this is his best effort yet. It is powered
with an EVF 6416. You will see it on the jet circuit soon.
Pat Martin from Wasilla, Alaska is now an enthusiastic
Electra Jet builder/pilot. It is very rewarding to BVM to see an electric
and helicopter modeler make the transition to electric jets. Living in
Alaska makes building and painting models an important part of the hobby and
when spring breaks - Wow! to be able to fly your model against such a
As you can see, Pat did an excellent job on the Electric Jet
He is now looking forward to a BVM F-80 for EVF power,
available mid 2008.
Fio says: “Reliability………# 1 in my book”.
After a few flights I typically perform preventive maintenance on the airframe
and all components. I have been flying jets for many years and occasionally I
find a few things wrong that need either adjustment, tightening or repair. But
after flying the Electra Jet for over a year and 75 flights, I have not had to
repair or replace a single component. Now that’s what I call "Reliability".
Here's two fabulous looking Electra Jets built by Kirk
Jensen. Very unique, very visible. Kirk and Mike are enjoying the ease and
convenience of EVF flying.
These Electra's are identical air frames except for the fin
shape and paint scheme, but offer quite a different appeal.
John Banner is very pleased with his "Best
Craftsmanship" winning Electra at FIJR '07. The first flights were very
successful and required no trim.
Power is a BVM EVF 4010. Both Thunder Power
and Flight Power Saddle Cells are used in the "Green Machine".
Bob Fiorenze has been campaigning this "Fly
Navy" Electra Jet since early '07. Dozens of flights have been logged, the
latest with Flight Power's EVO 30c 6400 mah 2p Saddle Cells.
Bob is all smiles about the performance and
6 1/2 minutes flight times.
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