Hello Heather,

This was David Soufer's old Bandit that I was able to acquire. Only one statement is needed. It's a Bandit!


Patrick Rohrbach



Licurgo Filho and Celso de Santi no AIA, Itú, Brazil

Hello Heather,

One more built for Celso! I love this paint!




Pilots L-R, Toninho Tomate, Licurgo Filho, and Cid Eduardo

Flying in the city of Itu, Clube AIA, São Paulo. Nov 2020



Paul Zurawski recently maidened his BVM Bandit ARF MKII.
The Bandit is powered by a JetCentral Rabbit 100 and a Jeti DS16 radio.

The photo was taken at the Air Force Museum, in Dayton Ohio.




Michael Sarysz with his Bandit MKII and Ofek Studnik with his Classic Ultra Bandit.
Mike said "We had a great day of flying today!"


To: Patty and Rob
Re: Bandit Mark II and MiG-15

Thank you both for all your support on helping me finish these two jets. They both fly great, especially the MiG-15, flies and lands very stable even with out gyro.

BVM Quality second to none.

Sal DiFloria


From: Patrick Barnes 
Sent: Monday, July 3, 2017 6:45 AM
Subject: New lease of life for a Bandit

Dear Bob and all the team at BVM

Five years ago I got picked up my Bandit ARF from its original owner. It had had a few scrapes and mishaps and was looking a little tatty, so I removed the internals and did a minor touch up on the paintwork. It has been flown regularly since then but I was never entirely happy with the finish.

As a former Naval Aviator with the Royal Navy, I took my inspiration from your Arctic Aggressor scheme, and had the jet repainted by a friend of mine who is far more talented with a spray gun and airbrush than I can ever hope to be! The scheme has been slightly adjusted to be more British and in line with my own Navy flying career. The photo was taken yesterday at Royal Naval Air Station Merryfield - the home site of my club, the Royal Navy Model Aircraft Association.

The jet is fantastic and flies perfectly, as expected! I look forward to many more years of flying this model. Thanks for building such a great product.

Best regards
Pat Barnes
Lt Cdr Royal Navy Reserve


From: Patrick Frost
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2017 2:16 PM
To: Modelers@bvmjets.com
Subject: 3 Bandit ARFs

Bob and Patty,

Just wanted to say hello and that we are really enjoying our Bandit ARFs.

All Bandits are equipped with BVM gear, JR servos/Receivers, Details 4 Scale lighting systems, Bullpup missiles, Aerographix Decals and JetCat turbines. I have owned over 7 BVM Bandits (of every type) and the Bandit ARFs are mine and Ben's favorite.  My 11yr old daughter Izzy is learning to fly and she enjoys getting on the buddy box with Dad. Not only does Izzy enjoy watching the Bandits fly at fast speeds, she is quite fast herself. Izzy is currently one of the fastest 5K Runners in the Midwest and is a 1500M/3000M Junior Olympian.

L-R: Patrick Frost (Navy Bandit) Ben Burden (Cheetos Bandit), Izzy Frost (Hornet Bandit).


Patrick "Frosty" Frost

From: Jonathan and Johanna Smith
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2017 9:29 PM
To: Bob Violett; Patty Generali

Enjoying Winter sun in Phoenix


Terry Nitsch entertained the spectators at the 2016 Cleveland Air Show with his smoke belching BVM Bandit ARF on JetCentral Rabbit power.

Photo Credits: Dale Teis


From: Jack Karst
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 4:18 PM
To: Patty Generali
Subject: Bandit pics

Hi Patty,

Just thought I would share with you a few pictures of my new Bandit MKII. I am really enjoying it.

Jack K


From: Fusinato, David
Sent: Friday, February 19, 2016 10:38 AM
To: Patty Generali
Subject: Bandit


This is a Bandit ARF Gen 1 that I bought RTF a few months ago, with a Jetcat P120.  I have just added a pair of your AIM 7 missiles that I’ve had sitting around looking for a home for many years.  The EZ Pylon kit works great along with the EZ Hangers.  This adds a formidable look to the jet and assists visually as well.

I also love the new EBrake V2 system, it not only eliminates an air tank, fitting, and plumbing, but the brakes do not lock up.  Braking is very smooth.

Dave Fusinato

Editors Note: Dave Lives in Squaw Valley, California

From: Angel Chazaro
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2015 10:03 AM
To: heather@bvmjets.com
Subject: Picture

Hello, Heather I found a picture that I hope Bob and Patty likes it,

Hello Patty and Bob,

Let me share with you a great day of flighting when I had my BVM Bandit and my BVM Maverick with turbine conversion and the Jet Central BEE II. I flew both of them and it was great fun. My wife Alejandra loves the Maverick after the conversion, with the scheme I painted, hope you like it.

NOTE: The Maverick "Turbine Conversion" is not produced by BVM.

Sheila and Terry Nitsch's BVM demo aircraft used at this year's Cleveland National Airshow.
Over 100,000 spectators attended this annual event!

From: Nick Smith
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2015 7:51 PM
To: Patty
Subject: Bandit arf

Hi Patty,

Just thought I'd update you with pictures of BVM customer David Ruskin. The latest addition to David's fleet is his  BVM Bandit Arf, that he purchased from you last year. David has done a first class job of putting the model together. Last week, the model performed perfectly on the maiden flight with no adjustments required at all. David put in several flawless flights on the model.... All on the on the first day outing! Great work.

This Bandit ARF really does fly well. Another fine BVM product and solid performer, powered by a JetCat P120, with custom 'Bull-pup missiles' hanging from the wing. A great combo. Well done to David.

Many thanks Patty, Look forward to catching up at GA jets. All the best to every one at BVM,

Kind regards,


Patty and Bob,

It was a great week at First in Flight and I appreciate all of your support! I wanted to share a few photos from FiF of my new BVM PNP F-16 to which I have added some scale details to represent SCANG F-16CJ tail number 93-0543 during Operation Iraqi Freedom in May 2003.  All of the work done by BVM on the front end really helped to reduce my time to flight. Everything fit very well and your support on initial setup made for a high confidence level.  Special thanks to Greg Arnette who gave me a lot of good tips on flying with ordnance.  

I started with underwing tanks and wingtip AIM-120's and quickly progressed to full ordnance.  Performance is outstanding!  Another winner from BVM!

Not to be left out, are photos of my BVM Bandit Mk II from FiF that is now entering its 2nd season of flight.

Looking forward to flying with you again soon!

Jamie Snipes



Sent: Monday, June 15, 2015 3:43 PM
To: Heather Mercier; Patty Violet BVM

DEAR Heather , Patty and BVM staff

After I flew my new Bandit MK II,  I  just have only one thing to say ... it is perfect. Powered with a KingTech K-80 and Futaba radio.  I made 6 flights of 7-8 min , each flight and landing were amazing. I really enjoyed the maiden flight, it was other wonderful day.



From: Angel Chazaro
Sent: Friday, May 1, 2015 3:01 PM
Subject: Cozumel Aeroshow pictures

Hi Patty and Bob,

Here are some pictures from the Cozumel Airshow 2015 where I flew my Bandit MKII. It was the only RC model at the show and more than 22,000 people were impressed how the jet was flying, including the real scale aerobatic pilots. Hope you like the photos.

Best regards,

Angel Chazaro


From: "Steven DiMaio"
To: Bob
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2015 10:55 AM
Subject: Bandit Maiden and flying trip


Attached is a pic of the new Bandit MKII after the maiden. I love this scheme. It is equipped with a K100G turbine and Spektrum HV servos are on every control.  The E-Gear/Xicoy controller and a Cortex gyro make for a great flying jet.

Also this weekend, my brother Anthony and Dad Sam, came out to visit. In two days of flying, we logged about 20 flights between the three of us. It was a great weekend.

Steve D.

Hi Patty, Heather and the BVM Staff,
'Just want to share some pictures with you guys of my new Bandit MKII. Maiden went perfect and 3 more flights after. Feels great to be flying a Bandit again. Thanks for making such a great flying Aircraft.


Kenric Phillips

Hi Patty,

I maidened my third Bandit MKII yesterday. This Bandit is powered by a Jets Munt 140X and has all High Voltage JR servos. Ronny Derhacopian did a fanatic build job and the jet needed two clicks of up elevator and it was flying perfectly.

Again I would like to thank you and EVERYONE at BVM for such a fantastic model and service. It's so nice to have three of these jets among my many other BVM jets..

Best Regards
David Soufer


From: Ary Figueira 
To: 'Patty Generali'
Subject: Bandit Orange

Hi Patty,

The new Bandit is ready. See photo.


Ary Figueira

Sent: Friday, August 01, 2014 4:15 PM
To: BVM Generali
Subject: BVM ARF Bandit

Hi Patty

I just returned from Brazil and had a chance to test fly my Bandit ARF MKII.  Perfect flying machine. I love it. Thank you.

William Saraceni

From: David Soufer
To: Patty Generali ; Bob Violett
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 2:43 PM
Subject: Bandit MKII Hi Viz

Hi Patty,

Attached are the pictures of my Bandit MKII Hi-Viz.  This Bandit is powered by a Jets Munt 140X.  The performance is unbelievable..  All servos are High Voltage..  It has a pitot tube which controls the gain of the gyro based on speed, and of course, limiting top end speed. Another great jet by BVM.

I'm looking forward to my new Ultra Bandit with similar scheme.

David Soufer
Commercial Property Management, Inc.

From: Flavio Ribeiro
Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 9:09 AM
Subject: Bandit MKII in action

Hi Heather

Please find attached my Fly Navy in action at the 8th model aircraft meeting at São Jose do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil last weekend

Nice pic...

Flavio Ribeiro



From: Juan Prieto
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:36 AM
To: Patty Generali
Subject: Re: Servos

Hi patty

I flew my bandit the last weekend, everything is perfect Thank you very much.

Juan Prieto

Left to right: Jonathan Smith, Bennie van de Goor, Anita van de Goor, Larry Kramer, Gordon Dickens,
Rusty Bardin, Doug Hallberg, Joe Rafalowski, Mark Woodland.





From: "Jonathan and Johanna Smith"
To: "Violett Bob"; "Generali Patty"
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014 1:38 AM
Subject: Atlanta March 2014

Hello to you both, thought you might like to hear about our trip to Atlanta. Bob, thought you might like to see a Bandit Arf that has come home. This one has had three previous owners. Our late friend Clive, the first owner, sadly passed away before the model flew. The second owner was Jamie Cuff who sent  you a photo of it from a military base back in Jan 2009. Then Jason Fletcher  flew it for a while before it went north to Scotland, with Nick East.  It then came up for sale and Mark, Nick and I thought we'd use a bit of synergy to provide us with a "Team Spare", to be kept in Georgia with our other Bandits. Bennie also liked the idea, and has joined in by zero timing the installed AMT NL Mercury HP. So now the four of us have a Team Bandit ready for action in the event of a back up being required! We've given it a thorough "D" check and have had two perfect flights to date. It now resides in the USA ready for our visits.  

On the saturday we managed nine BVM planes in the airfield at the same time, all they needed was fuel and air and they were airborne all day.


From: Sean MCHale
Sent: Saturday, January 25, 2014 2:28 PM
To: Patty
Subject: Viper/Bandit Hot Shots


I trust all is well these days!  Just wanted to share a few pics of my BVM Viper refurbishment inspired by the scheme on my BVM Bandit MKII.  The current issue of RCJI features an article on how I did it, and even has a picture on the cover!  Thank you for the complimentary sticker for the side of the inlet to complete the scheme!

For kicks I also painted an eflite micro habu in the same scheme. ;-) 

Sean McHale
Malvern, PA

From: George Kreyling
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:29 PM
To: Patty
Subject: SPAM-LOW: Bandit


I’ve enclosed a picture of my Bandit after it’s 200th flight. I’m flying it on a JetCat P-60; even with 100 degree temperatures in Phoenix, Arizona it has great performance.

I’m so happy I chose to purchase a BVM product. They are absolutely the best engineered best flying jets in the business! But that’s only half the story... What sets BVM apart is that they just don’t sell you an airplane. If you have a question during construction or need a replacement part help is just a phone call away. 

I would also like to thank Tim Redelman. Tim test flew my Bandit and helped me with my first flights. Tim is one of the most talented modelers I know and is always very gracious with his time. Thanks Tim!!!

George Kreyling

From: David Soufer
Sent: Friday, January 10, 2014 11:27 AM
To: Patty Generali
Subject: Bandit MKII

Dear Patty,

 Attach are the pictures of my Bandit MKII.  As you can see Ronny Derhacopian did a beautiful job assembling the jet, painting the bypass and the equipment board.  I have had several Bandits in the past and I think this one flies the best..  The Ultra Bandit which has the same scheme will have the same interior finish and once its done, I will send pictures of both…

 I think every jet flier should have a Bandit in his fleet..  Thank you for all your help with the custom paint request…  As always BVM's service is number one in this field..

Best Regards

David Soufer

From: Angel Chazaro
To: Patty Generali
Sent: Monday, November 25, 2013 1:40 AM
Subject: BVM Bandit maiden flight

Patty and Bob,

My Bandit MKII, powered by our mexican turbine Jet Central Cheetah, is ready for the first flight. I installed the BVM electric retracts which are awesome just to watch them operate.

This plane was built by Bill Hatcher in North Port, FL. The reason that I decided to install the Cheetah turbine is because in Mexico City we are 8,000 ft above sea level, I would like to congratulate BVM for the great quality in the models you build, and I will be glad and happy to continue flying this beatiful jet and will be looking forward to join BVM team at some events during 2014.

Angel Chazaro.


Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2013 1:41 PM
To: modelers
Subject: Bandit family Pics

Hi Heather,

This is me and my BVM Family during the 7th 14 Bis Club event, São José do Rio Preto – SP - Brazil.  For me, the Bandit is still the best flying jet ever (maybe because the UB is not ordered yet). But as a friend from Austin, TX used to say…  “- If somebody asks you why do you have 3 Bandits? I say that is because the 4th one did not arrive in my place yet!”

They are ready to fly, in the flight line… Navy Trainer (P100), Multicolor (P80SE), Fly Navy (P80SE)

Best regards


From: jose cilurzo
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 9:05 AM
To: Patty; Heather (BVMJets)

Hello Patty and Heather,

this is our second BANDIT ( bought in 2007 ), ready to maiden flight, powered by P70. Well, our third BANDIT, and, this one is the first sold by BVM in this color scheme!!



From: Jon Stotz
Date: September 23, 2013 at 1:42:54 PM EDT
To: Patty
Subject: Bandit

I just wanted to let you know I love my new bandit. The all electric gear and brakes work great. The new color looks great and shows in the air really well. 20 flights and not one issue, that is why we fly BVM. Thanks for a great product.

Jon Stotz


Just a quick note to share some pictures of my BVM Bandit ARF Mk2.  I'm the second owner of the model and couldn't be happier with it's quality and performance.  Over the years I've heard so many positive reports on the Bandit, and I can say they are well earned by BVM and warranted.

Thanks for your continued support and fantastic service!

Kind regards,

Sean McHale
Malvern, PA USA

From: Ritch
Sent: Thursday, August 22, 2013 11:48 AM
To: Patty
Subject: Flying at Markham Park

Hi Patty,

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.


Ritchie Holt

Dan Avilla with his latest BVM jet at Kentucky Jets 2013.  As usual Dan's paint work is exceptional!

Bandit ARF on approach somewhere in Brazil.  Exhaust heat blurs background.

Flavio Ribeiro - August 2013


From: Gabriel Pellegrini
To: Bob Violett
Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2013 6:35 AM
Subject: Pictures: Bandit full flap gear down inverted flight

Bob and Dustin,

I have attached some pictures of my Bandit with a P-60, full flap and gear down, on inverted fly by.

Here is a video link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkKdKuskHHY

 Gabriel Pellegrini


From: Breno Castro
To: Patty
Sent: Saturday, October 06, 2012 11:52 AM
Subject: Bandit Fly Navy from Brazil

 Hi Patty,

 Today we made the first fly with the Fly Navy Bandit MKII here in Brazil and we just say for the BVM team thanks for the wonderful jet you make. Thanks for all. 

Breno Castro
From Brazil.

From: De Lima Ribeiro, Flavio
To: Patty
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:51 AM
Subject: Bandit ARF - First Flight

Hi Patty

Here are some pictures of the airplane at the field… I am very happy with the performance and with the behavior of the Bandit.  It was a great choice!

I would like to thank you very much for your time and support since the beginning of the purchase process until the tips for the test flight from Dustin and also the support from Bob Violet, with the P-80.

There was some friends that are sharing the success and the dream of that jet community … some new good friends that I got here in US, Doc Jones,  Bob Brubaker and Bob Covich … They helped me a lot, to believe that flying the best is possible… Their know what they were talking about… The investment in time and money had the pay back today… during those first flights with my Bandit.

I am  glad to be part of the jet family in US and already got some  experience  to share with my friends in Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil.

Moving forward to the next BVM project!

Best regards and thank you , again!

Flavio Ribeiro

From: Fernando Noriega
To: Patty Generali
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2012 12:14 PM
Subject: Fernando Noriega / Bandit Mark II


 On Sunday it was maiden day flights for my Ultra Bandit and Bandit ARF. Here is a picture of my Bandit Mark II. Outstanding performance, Jet Central power plant. Very fast and reliable Aircraft. I am very pleased with the performance and the support of BVM.

Best Regards

From: Luis Carlos Moreira
To: Patty Generali
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2012 8:04 AM

Hi Patty,

There is a photo with my MKII in our flying field.  It is locate in City: Belém, State: Pará, Country: Brazil!!!! In the middle of Amazon Rainforest!!!!

Luís Carlos Moreira


From: Mike Bartino
To: Heather
Subject: Bandit Arf Pics
Date: Sat, 12 May 2012

Hey Heather,
Just sending some pictures for the "hot shots" section.  They are of my newly maidened Bandit ARF with custom paint and a Cheetah for power.  I am very impressed with this model and will always have one, it flies great and exceeded my expectations.  I enjoyed building it so much I just finished building and maidening an Electra ARF which I am equally impressed and happy with.
Thank you to the BVM team for there great products,
Mike Bartino

From: Tavinho netto
To: Patty Generali
Sent: Saturday, June 11, 2011 6:23 PM
Subject: picture of my Bandit ARF

Hello BVM,
It's me Luiz Otavio from Brazil with my Bandit ARF.

From: George Walker
Sent: Sunday, February 06, 2011 11:12 PM
To: modelers@bvmjets.com
Subject: Kodos to Dan Avilla


  I just wanted you to know how helpful Dan Avilla was last week.  Skeet Hunt and I had two BVM birds that we needed help with first trim flights.  Skeet's was a Bandit he recently purchased and mine was a new KingCat.  We were guests at Dan's home and he spent two days helping us set them up and doing the first trim flights.  Both Skeet and I really appreciated his time and hospitality.


click here to see George Walkers Kingcat

From: Tim /Tracy Redelman
Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 10:55 PM
To: Dustin
Subject: Bandit Day in Winamac! 

Just a few pictures from bandit day in Winamac!!  Jeff Anderson, Greg Wright, and George Kreyling on a nice fall day.

From: Roar Leithe
To: Patty
Sent: Monday, August 30, 2010 5:14 AM
Subject: My Bandit ARF

Hi Patty!

Finally my ARF is ready J Not that awesome scheme but very visual on the sky. And I really need it – with a Merlin 140 it’s like a rocket!! But what a model… From the very first line up, smooth roll out till approach and landing – VERY VERY predictable and flies on rails!  Next must be the UB, just have to win the national lottery first JJJ

Med vennlig hilsen

Best regards / Mit freundlichem Gruß

Roar Leithe

From: Luis Ceja
To: Patty
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6:05 PM
Subject: Hello Patty

   I am e-mailing a picture of my BVM Bandit taken on the day of the maiden flight.  It´s an excellent aircraft.

   Luis Ceja.

From: Alejandro Lazcano
To: Patty
Sent: Sunday, May 30, 2010 7:11 PM

 Patty here are some pics of my completed  BANDIT ARF, they were taken at Florida jets this year , Rob Lynch has done an outstanding job in building and training me on this TERRIFIC JET. I'm so happy and pleased about having chosen BVM TEAM. I'm still working on my AMA turbine waiver and will be ready to take my BANDIT to Mexico.  This jet is running  the new  JETCAT  P-80 SE  and is guided by a JR 12X radio , everything with excellent  performance.  Keep this great hobby as high as you have taken it ,even more.......and you will have so many happy flyers like my self.  Please wait for my next BVM project pictures hope to have It ready by the end of this year.

Best Regards,

From: "Jonathan and Johanna Smith"
To: "Patty"
Sent: Friday, May 21, 2010 12:37 PM
Subject: New Bandit Arf

 Hello Patty,

 Hope all goes well with everything over there. Am just to excited, flew my new Bandit Arf today, and wanted you guys to know it is just as wonderful as my Diamond Back one that lives in Florida, it is identical. I will get some nice photos done and send them over soon. It has the same setup all JR and an AMT Mercury (NL), that makes such a perfect match.  Jo and I are coming over in July to spend a week at Kentucky Jets, I will help Larry get it all sorted and share the driving. All for now.

 Kind Regard

From: Doug Anderson
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2010 4:41 PM
To: Dustin

Good shot that Uncle Joe took. 


From: Dave Bottita
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 1:24 PM
Subject: Thank You!

Bob, Patty, and the BVM team,

   Thank you very much for your support in getting our Bandit ARF project completed. You guys have been a great help and were always there to answer any questions we might have had as well as getting us needed parts quickly! You have, by far, the tightest run ship in the hobby industry!  We are proud to own a BVM jet and I know it is not going to be the last!  Our Bandit is built to BVM specs and has an evoJet Booster 90 installed. At 21 pounds of thrust she fly’s great!  I have attached a picture of me and my son after he made his maiden flight! This is now his primary jet and we hope to put many hours on her.  Thanks again and we hope to meet some of you someday at a jet event…. 

Best Regards,
Dave and Jake Bottita
Pahrump, Nevada

From: Lasse Palm
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 7:31 AM
To: Modelers
Subject: ARF Bandit. 

Hello Heather!
I am very pleased to inform you that we have another ARF Bandit supporter here in Sweden (Stockholm).  The owner/builder Max Ahlman is very happy after 25 flights with his Bandit.  Max has built the model in Singapore when he worked for Singapore Airlines as pilot on Boeing 747. The model is powered with a Jet Cat P-70. 

Lasse Palm
LP-Agentur Sweden

From: mario.martinez
To: Patty
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 12:36 PM
Subject: Bandit ARF in Guadalajara, Mexico

Hi Patty,

I just want lo let you know how happy I am with my Bandit ARF I fly in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico at 1600 m over sea level and I have great performance at 190 mph as you see in the picture with my JET CENTRAL RABBIT 19 lbs , I use the Futaba 14MZ guidance and all JR servos, I really like to do Knife Edge and have logged 68 flights .
Javier Ulloa

From: Gamal Sadek
To: Patty
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 2:20 PM
Subject: Bandit ARF in action

Hello Patty,
Hope all is well with you. The attached photo of my Bandit ARF was taken today at the weekly RC meet in Cairo. I'm very proud of the plane and its high performance.  Feel I need to treat myself to a new toy though.  Will let you know as soon as $$$ are ready.

Best regards,

The JetCat P-80SE has proven to be an excellent power plant for the Bandit ARF.  With an installed thrust at just under 20 Lbs., it provides excellent acceleration and yet doesn't stretch the upper 200 mph limit.

Richard Curry and Dustin demonstrated this combo with some practice flying at the R.C.A.C.F. "Jet Friendly" field in July '09.  A JR/DSM 12x was used for guidance control.

   Jamie Cuff sent in these photos of Mark Simmonds Bandit ARF operating very successfully from a grass field in Redruth, Cornwall, England.  Mark says he is happy with this model and that it won't be his last BVM product.

From: "E & J"
To: Bob
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2009 10:32 AM
Subject: Thanks, Bandit ARF Update...

 I just wanted to let you, and others know that might be seeking a great grassfield capable jet that your Bandit ARF is the best grass field jet I have flown. It takes off with authority within 250 feet with a JetCat P-70 turbine installed in your bypass system. I am using the Pro-Link struts and I would recommend them to any Bandit pilot. I have 46 flights on my Bandit ARF now, and it is just getting better with each flight. It lands like a dream, and handles the grass runway with no issues, even saves wear on the tires!

 The only thing I could want now, besides more flying time, is an ARF set of under wing fuel tanks to go with my Bandit ARF. So put me down, for a vote toward BVM making a set of ARF under wing dummy fuel tanks. Keep making the best jets. I know I will always want a BVM Bandit ARF in my fleet of jets.

Jason Bauer
P.S. See you at Top Gun 2009.

Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009
Subject: Bandit ARF

I bought the BARF through Joey Tamez, who helped me with the maiden flight and setup . Again it was one of the first ones out. It has flown on a P-70, P-80, and now that I’m really comfortable I use a T750+ (26lbs). The model paint High Viz paint scheme was my own design, and was painted by Les Curtis, who worked for BV for a while last year. On a Sunny day, the plane can be spotted from a mile away.  Plane now has more than 100 flights on it, and seems to fly better everytime.  The pilot is the #1 Bandido himself…..Capt Jack Sparrow (a favorite with local kids).

David Rosado
F-35Lightning II  Fluid Systems,
Wing IPT
LM Aero

From: Jon Vance
Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 11:48 AM
To: Modelers
Subject: Bandit ARF Photos

Bob, Patty and the BVM Team:  I have enclosed several photos of my Bandit ARF.  The airframe was finished and detailed by Vic Sebring from San Clemente, California.  The jet is powered by a Jet Cat P-70 with all JR radio equipment with a Spectrum 9100 2.4 receiver.   I added some checkerboards on the wing tips to aid visibility.  The jet flies fantastic and I logged my 50th flight this weekend.  Great design and very aerobatic!  All the best....Jon Vance, Team JR

   This factory demo Bandit ARF is powered with a JetCat P-60.  It is light weight and fuel efficient and the generous landing flaps allow safe 40-45 mph slow flight as shown here.  Top end speed is still close to 200 mph.

   V-LiteTM Wheels and LiPo batteries for the receiver and ECU complement the weight reduction.

From: Jamie Cuff
To: Patty
Subject: Bandit customer gallery
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2009 04:34:28

Hi Patty,
           I thought I would send you a few photos of my 'Hi Viz' Bandit for your gallery, JetCat P70 power with JR DSX9 guidance. Being a BVM product and a Bandit, there is not a lot that has not already been said about the superb qualities of this legendary model . . . . the incredibly smooth aerobatics, the stability and positive control through the speed range and very effective flaps for the slow and predictable landings the Bandit is renowned for. I have a 'Navy' Bobcat which will be test flown very soon and an Electra which will be fitted with your turbine conversion and I am sure I will be just as happy with them as I am with the Bandit.
One very happy BVM owner!
Jamie Cuff

To: Patty
Sent: Thursday, January 01, 2009 12:43 AM
Subject: Bandit Pictures

Hello Patty
     I would like to thank you and Dustin for your kind support and info for helping me out in the construction and test flight of the Bandit ARF, I have lodged about 10 flights on this airplane and it just awesome to fly, it is very smooth especially the take off and landings.
   Thanks you all at BVM for your support.

Jeff Prosise escaped the lousy weather in Knoxville, Tennessee to enjoy a few days of Florida sunshine and jet flying.  We joined him at the R.C.A.C.F. to fly a variety of Turbine and EVF powered models.
Of particular interest this day was the maiden flight for a new JetCat P-120SX.  This all new, internal plug, Kero Starter performed flawlessly in the Bandit ARF.

It appears that the battery drain issue with earlier Kero Start engines has been alleviated.

Jeff powered the ECU system with a Duralite Lithium Ion 4300 m.a.h. battery and it looks like 6 flights are possible on a single charge.  Dustin offered a little coaching and got some stick time on 120SX and commented favorably on the throttle response.
Chris Keene and Dustin shared some flights on the BVM demo Bandit ARF.  This P-60 powered version surprises most observers with its high end performance and slow landing attributes.  The small engine, plus less fuel and lower residual thrust does offer slower approach and landing speeds.
Properly designed Inlets, Bypass, and Tailpipe keep installation losses to a minimum and offer superior high end speeds.  A simple test of this is to thrust test the installation with and without the Bypass cover installed.  Cutting holes in a BVM Bypass is not required or advised.

From: Jacobo Sevilla
To: Patty
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 6:45 PM

Hi Patty,
This is a photo of my brother, Dr. Lázaro Sevilla, very happy after 2 years of flying his beautiful ARF Super Bandit, he has a RAM-750.  Plus, Dr. Sevilla flies BVM jets for more than 10 years, and looks forward to many more to come.
Well Patty, I hope you can place this nice photo in your happy customers gallery, this was taken at our field in Culiacán, during a regional fly-in we just had, thanks again regards.

From: Rafael Villeda
To: Patty
Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Subject: Bandit ARF

Dear Patty,

I wanted to send you a picture of my favorite jets!  Thank you for your great and knowledgeable support.  The Bandit ARF is quite a great flyer that is fast, agile and at the same time very stable. 

Thanks again,
Rafael Villeda



 Just want to inform you that the bandit ARF has been test flown today. I had 3 incredible flights with the P70. I can safely say that this is by far the easiest to land jet I have ever flown. I currently fly a Kingcat as well, but the Bandit ARF beats the KC hands down in ease of landing I was able to 3, 2 point landings with a sustained wheelie at the end of each landing. What a high!!!

This pic was taken this afternoon on my private airstrip built especially for RC.  Its 1100x45 feet of tarmac. 

Finally, thank you for all your support for this airplane. Much appreciated. And once again....WHATTA PLANE!!!!!!!!!!


Anurag Saraf


From: Marshad A. Al-Omar
To: Patty 
Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2007 3:43 PM
Subject: My Bandit ARF

Dear Bob and Dustin

I want to thank you for my Bandit ARF. As a beginner to Jet Aircraft, I decided to choose this amazing aircraft, and it flew smoothly in the test flight last week. So now I’m trying to get familiar with the aircraft behaviour in high speed manoeuvres.

Best regard
Marshad A. Al-Omar BA

From: Ary Figueira
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 3:29 PM
Subject: Jets Over Blumenau

Hi Patty,
I won the prize for "Outstanding Pilot" flying your BVM Bandit ARF in Jets Over Blumenau 2007 (Blumenau- Brazil). My Leila was my helper.

John Redman and Al Taylor

From:Al Taylor
Sent: Wednesday, October 03, 2007 4:54 PM
Subject: Bandit ARF


I want to thank you for my Bandit ARF.   As a newcomer to Jet Aircraft, I decided that choosing a fully engineered and tested product with the support of a full team of professionals would make the experience of learning to fly jets as fun and rewarding as it could be. 

I can honestly say that all of my expectations have been exceeded.  The plane flys flawlessly, the kit is so well engineered that assembly is a pleasure and the support that you, Patty, Dustin, Tom and Pat have provided to me has been really great.

I also have realized that the professional standard you have set carries over to your field reps.  I am fortunate to have gotten to know the two that are nearest to where I live, John Redman and Tim Redelman.  Both are terrific guys, unbelievably expert pilots and a true reflection of BVM leadership.  In particular, John has helped me assemble and fly my Bandit with patience, encouragement and skillful instruction.

I attached a picture of my plane even though I am not finished with the paint and graphics.

A happy customer,

Al Taylor

Raul David and Rodrigo Quevedo came from Guatemala to test fly Rodrigo's new Bandit ARF with the help of the BVM team at the RCACF flying field (Apopka, FL). The Bandit ARF is powered by a JetCat P-70 and uses a JR10X radio for guidance.

Luke Barnett and Dave Wilshere have been putting there Bandit ARF through a good bit of aerobatics and agree that the Bandit ARF is a pleasure to fly.



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