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
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
Just thought I would share with you a few pictures of my new Bandit MKII. I am really enjoying it.
From: Fusinato, David
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.
Editors Note: Dave Lives in Squaw Valley, California
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.
From: Nick Smith
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,
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.
GREAT JOB FROM THE BVM FAMILY
From: Angel Chazaro
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.
From: "Steven DiMaio"
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.
Hi Patty, Heather and the BVM Staff,
From: Ary Figueira
The new Bandit is ready. See photo.
I just returned from Brazil and had a chance to test fly my Bandit ARF MKII. Perfect flying machine. I love it. Thank you.
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.
From: Flavio Ribeiro
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
From: Juan Prieto
I flew my bandit the last weekend, everything is perfect Thank you very much.
right: Jonathan Smith, Bennie van de Goor, Anita van de Goor, Larry
Kramer, Gordon Dickens,
From: Sean MCHale
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. ;-)
From: George Kreyling
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!!!
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.
From:RIBEIRO Flavio L. TECHINT
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)
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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
From: Breno Castro
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.
De Lima Ribeiro, Flavio
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!
From: Fernando Noriega
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.
Luis Carlos Moreira
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
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.
From: Tim /Tracy Redelman
Just a few pictures from bandit day in Winamac!! Jeff Anderson, Greg Wright, and George Kreyling on a nice fall day.
From: Roar Leithe
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
From: Luis Ceja
From: Alejandro Lazcano
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.
From: "Jonathan and Johanna Smith"
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.
Good shot that Uncle Joe took.
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….
From: Gamal Sadek
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"
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.
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009
From: Jon Vance
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
From: Jacobo Sevilla
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!
Marshad A. Al-Omar
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.
From: Ary Figueira
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 3:29 PM
Subject: Jets Over Blumenau
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
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,
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.