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Comparison of Ultra Bandit to Off-Shore Products


The first 3 flights on Bob Violett's latest favorite jet were accomplished on July 4th 2014.

This Ultra Bandit incorporates some new products such as the BVM Hi-Flow Fuel System, the BVM E-Brake V2, Spektrum High Voltage Servos and receiver, Cortex Gyro, dual Duralite MAGNUM-ION batteries, and BVM's Jet Foam to secure the fuel tanks. A KingTech 180G provides plenty of "push" for this 40 Lb. model.

The Ultra Bandit assembly and operations manual (September 2014) covers all of these upgrades.

As witnessed many times on BVMJets.com/Ultra Bandit Hotshots the Ultra Bandit enjoys a well earned reputation as the "Best Sport Jet" in the industry.

The "Fly Navy Centennial" decor is a BV designed commemorative scheme that celebrates 100 years of Naval Aviation. Bob served as a junior officer and A-4 Skyhawk pilot in VA-93 (Navy Attack Squadron Ninety Three) during a Vietnam "Yankee Station" tour on the U.S.S. Hancock CVA-19 in 1967.




The Ultra Bandit is a "big jet" as shown here with 5'10" Bob Violett.

Ultra Bandit
A Signature Series BVM Sport Jet

100 % Made In The USA


JR Servo Notice

The JR DS8911HV Servos are no longer available.

The replacement servo is JR PSNX8931.

See JR America for more information.

This affects the BVM Ultra Bandit.


  In September 2014, we updated the Ultra Bandit and manual to include new electronic products, installation simplification, techniques, and reduced weight.

  If you are considering a sophisticated turbine powered jet of this size; presented here are some comparison points between off-shore manufactured jets and the Ultra Bandit that is 100% Made in our Florida, USA Factory.



      Servo pockets and mounts in the wings and tails have been enlarged to accommodate the latest SpeKtrum, JR, Futaba High Voltage Servos. This reduces your time and tools to accomplish.

       All linkages are absolutely defined in dimension and parts supplied.

      Rudder linkage torque rod mechanism is totally internal and factory installed. No ugly arms and driver hanging out.


      The USA made precision landing gear and struts/wheels are test fitted into the model at our factory. They are mounted with precision socket head cap
screws - not sheet metal screws. Carbon Fiber Flex Plate mounting of the retract units protects the wing and fuse from serious damage in the event of a hard landing or off runway excursion. Simply change the Flex Plates and get back in the air.


      Easy access to the landing gear mounts is provided should these units or their mounting need service or repair. Some of the off-shore products make this a real challenge.

      The Aerodynamically designed inlet system is completely removable for total access to the fuselage.


      The Aerodynamically designed Carbon Fiber ByPass system has the engine mount flanges that accept the BVM Aluminum Flange mounts, molded on.


      The double walled Stainless Steel Tailpipe is a precision fit to the ByPass for efficient and cool operation. Most off-shore made jets have much less than proper design in this area - so expect less efficient thrust numbers and hotter operation.



      When the Ultra's singular top hatch is removed, all of the Kevlar molded translucent fuel tanks and the BVM UAT are visible. You can watch the fuel level rise in the tanks during the fueling process, and then after flight, you can observe what fuel remains. This is impossible with some off-shore made products.  Any air bubble trap system that is not translucent and easily visible seems to be missing the point. Most so called "engine problems" are traceable to fuel system problems. The BVM Ultra Bandit and its new (2014) "Hi-Flow" Fuel System properly addresses all of these issues.


       An important part of all BVM jets design is access and serviceability. Our 30 years of experience is applied to each new product and updating the established ones.  The BVM Ultra Bandit is exemplary of this commitment.


      Fit and Finish - this is where BVM really shines.

High metallic painted areas require some very special techniques to look as good as your robot painted new car. BVM knows how, some off-shore operations don't. They might be better to avoid the metallic's.


      Experienced BVM employees, sand, fill, and finish the Ultra Bandit fuselage seams, Top and Bottom.  This is rare on an off-shore made sport jet.


      Paint scheme design: BVM likes real "Aviation" inspired, High-Viz schemes. Our sport scheme designs emphasize attractive, brilliant colors, and we stock the touch-up paint and tutorials on how to patch and blend.


      The Bob Violett Signature Series means just that, B.V. personally inspects each Ultra Bandit before his signature is applied and then it is meticulously packaged for shipment.


      The BVM Ultra Bandit now has a ten year history of being the absolute best sport jet in the industry.  See www.bvmjets.com/Ultra Bandit Hotshots for many customer testimonials.


Pricing: Of course, the Ultra Bandit costs more.  BVM maintains a full production 14,000sq ft facility in Winter Springs, Fl. There is nothing like this in the R/C industry remaining in the USA. Our 18 US citizen employees are paid American wages. Many have been with us for 20+ years. It's our way of life and we love what we are doing.


  • The Ultra Bandit is flight test proven to endure 200 mph and extreme aerobatics.
  • It has a generous wing area with built-in washout for very stable slow flight and landings.
  • Large control surfaces for “square corner” aerobatics.
  • Extra large landing flaps delete the need for speed brake devices and allow very slow landings.
  • Model grass field suitable - because it is big and powerful, it can take off and land in short distances.
  • Easy field assembly - We designed the 98” long “Ultra” for quick assembly, allowing convenient transport to the model field. There are 2 screws and 2 servo connections per wing and stab and just 2 set screws for the fin, and if necessary, the aft fuse section can be removed with 4 set screws and 3 servo connections. With the wings removed, the Ultra Bandit will fit into many SUV’s. We make a special Jet Cradle to make your Ultra even easier to transport and work on.

  • One generous size hatch on the top of the fuselage allows access to radio, fuel system and the engine, and make fuel and electrical connections, etc..

  • For total access to the engine and fuel tanks, and, to further reduce the transport size of the "Ultra". The aft fuse detaches as shown. The stainless steel tubes and machined aluminum receptacles are factory installed for perfect alignment.

  • In the interest of simplicity and low maintenance, we designed the main struts and gear mounting to eliminate the need for inner wheel well doors. By design, the main wheels are flush with the bottom wing skin in the retracted position. This technique is used on the Boeing 737 and some corporate jets.


  • The heavy duty retracts and struts are specifically designed for the “Ultra” and can handle the loads.


The Single Seat Canopy Hatch
accepts (1) 1/5th Scale or 1/6th Scale Pilot
The Dual Seat Canopy Hatch
accepts (2) 1/6th Scale Pilots
  • Vacuum formed and resin molded plastic parts provide a quick-to-assemble and convincing cockpit interior. The clear canopy is of quality that only BVM can produce.
  • Fin Shape - Swept or Standard, your choice.
  • Fuel System design - no C.G. shift with burn-off.
  • No ballast is required, even with the Big Engine version. Battery pack location can be adjusted for fine tuning the Center-of-Gravity to fit your flight style preference.
  • Surface hinges are factory installed for the elevators, ailerons and flaps. The rudder is center hinged with machined carbon fiber parts, because that is best for this control surface.

  • The rudder torque rod linkage is factory installed and disengages with fin removal. Factory installed machined aluminum brackets retain the fin and stabs.  The rudder servo is installed in the fuselage avoiding any external linkage.
  • The optional under wing tanks add to the pleasant appearance and visual orientation of the “Ultra” and are extremely easy to put on and remove. Just a pull on the EZ Hangar trigger, that’s it. The pylons are molded onto the tanks as a one piece unit.


  • Wing Hard Points (for external tank mounts and bomb pylons) - Factory installed with pilot holes.
  • Factory painting techniques produce a seamless ARF fuselage.

  • Telemetry System (optional) provides real time data throughout your flight. They provide airspeed, altitude, G-forces and many other parameters when used with a pitot tube and the BVM pitot tube mount This faired mount also supports speed limiting devices.

  • About 50hrs of assembly gets you in the air. Most of that time involves mounting the radio and engine equipment.
  • And the best part of all is the Ultra’s flight profile, it is unmatched in the world of sport jets. From its super stable slow flight, and in-the-box aerobatics, to its all out high speed and accurate knife edge, the Ultra Bandit will prove to be the favorite of serious jet pilots.

The people of BVM say “It’s our best effort”, and we are proud that we make all of it in our Florida, USA factory.

All Composite Structures

Your Ultra Bandit Building Team

90% of the multiple color paints are applied in the molds.

Then epoxy imbedded laminates of E-Glass, Kevlar, Carbon Fiber, and Airex foam are precisely hand layed in the molds, then vacuum bagged and oven cured at just the right pressure and temperatures.

After demolding, the fuselage top and bottom seams are meticulously hand finished and painted. The entire model then receives a machine buffing and a detailed quality control inspection.

Proud Of Their Work

  The Ultra Bandit is 100% manufactured in our WinterSprings, Fl. factory and these gentlemen are justly proud.  They know that the Ultra's reputation for being the "Best in the World" is the result of their talents and dedication.
  This Navy Trainer scheme is popular lately because it is military and HiViz.

From: Smith, Gregg A
To: Patty
Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 2:35 PM
Subject: Receipt of my Ultra Bandit


First off, everything arrived in perfect condition last Friday. 

I was certainly amazed when I unpacked everything over the weekend! I had every intention of starting the build, but mostly read the manual, stared at the quality of engineering, design & workmanship. Then I had friends over and they stared at it too. None of us have ever seen anything like it. You might get tired of hearing it- but your products are truly the best in the industry & I want to thank each and every one at BVM for the quality put into my Ultra!

I’m not sure how I ended up with a Bob Violett Signature Series jet (nor ever seen one before), but it sure added to the WOW Factor for me.

Thanks again- I’ll send a few pictures when I finish staring at it and actually finish it.



# K7300-51
Ultra Bandit Single Seat Canopy Hatch
with Cockpit Interior

Ultra Bandit in Action


Ultra Bandit Servo List :


  DX18 Setup File (Mode 2)


Jet-Foam Cradle

Color Schemes :

Click On Images To Enlarge

Fly Navy
HiViz Aggressor


Airshow Scheme #1
Yellow/ Red/ Black Sparkle

Airshow Scheme # 3
Red/ Yellow/ Black Sparkle
Airshow Scheme #3
Red/ LeMans Blue/ White
Airshow Scheme #1
White/ Orange/ Medium Blue
Airshow Scheme #1
LeMans Blue
Airshow Scheme #1
Red/ Silver/ Black Sparkle/ White
Trainer Scheme
Navy Grey

Airshow Scheme #2


Hi-Flow Fuel System


K7300 Ultra Bandit Single or Dual Seat $9,775.00
  Big Engine Class painted airframe, clear canopy and cockpit deck (single or dual), plans, instructions and hardware  


Turbine Installation System $675.00
  Includes: BVM high temperature Carbon Fiber ByPass, doublewalled Stainless Steel Tailpipe, and mounting hardware.
NOTE: The components of this system vary with engine brand and thrust.
K7300-34 Fuel System (4.8 L) $525.00
  Includes 3 Kevlar conformal fuel cells, all Hi-Flow U.A.T., tubing and hardware.  
K7300-32 Fuel System (6.2 L) $600.00
  Includes 3 Kevlar conformal fuel cells, all Hi-Flow U.A.T., tubing and hardware.  

Sample Package Price - $12,625.00
NOTE: Price based on pneumatic landing gear.



Navy Grey + $500.00
Thunderbird + $1,300.00
Custom Color + $400.00/color

K7300-40 Wing Tanks (painted to match) $550.00
TA-SR-1013 Hi-Flow Overflow Tank $47.95
V-DA-BD-CORTEX PRO Bavarian Demon Cortex Pro $299.00
PA-SR-0043 Fuel Vent Plug $8.75
PA-SR-0071 Jet Foam $23.95
PA-SR-0064 Fuel Pump Mount $5.95
V-WB Jet Pilot 1/6th Scale WarBird Pilot - DUAL SEAT 2 REQUIRED $94.99
V-WB15JetPilot 15" Warbird Jet Pilot - FOR SINGLE SEAT ULTRA BANDIT $139.99
PA-QC-0001 Anti-Static Additive $13.95
6827 Pitot Tube Mount for airspeed sensor $31.95

Bob Violett Models Inc.  3481 State Road 419  Winter Springs, Florida 32708 USA  tel 407-327-6333 fax 407-327-5020  www.bvmjets.com



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