Lightning Equipment List

This list should help you cost up a Composite-ARF Lightning. You may of course have some of these items already which will reduce the total cost.


This is a list of the main items you will need to get your Composite-ARF Lightning into the air. Some of them are mandatory, and some can be chosen by you.

What I have listed here are highly recommended items, and have been thoroughly tested. It is not a definitive collection of what you must buy but

simply a list of parts that many we are using with great success and reliability. You can of course substitute your own preferred brands/preferences where applicable but as stated

above these parts have proven a success time and time again.


I have added an 'Available From' column for the more 'specialist' parts your local model shop may not hold to save you time trying to hunt down suppliers!!



Item Image Description

Approx Cost (£)

Available From *


Lightning Kit £1745.00




For the ultimate in performance and to really make the most of the impressively large Lightning airframe, a JetCat P160, P180 or AMT NL Pegasus HP Turbine is recommended!

A JetCat Titan will still offer reasonable performance but the P160 and up is where it's at!!












The landing gear for the Composite-ARF Lightning is a long term joint venture development of Beheotec and Intairco. It is a high performance hevy duty landing gear even suitable for less then perfect grass fields.
The strong Beheotec C-50 mechanics and the durable oleo struts are CNC machined from the highest grade aluminium and stainless steel.
The landing gear set comes with wheels and brakes complete, and it also includes an air tank, T-fittings, quick-connectors and a fill valve as well as 3 different coloured Air lines as well as the 3 gear door cylinders to operate the gear doors. The advantages of our Lightning landing gear include:

- solid milled CNC machined Behotec C-50 gear unit.
- High grade oleos with matching springs for the plane.
- Trailing leg nose gear
- Strong Intairco rubber main wheels with aluminium hubs.
- Intairco CNC-machined wheel brake system.
- BVM gear door cylinders.

This landing gear is the result of a great team work between Composite-ARF, Behotec in Germany and INTAIRCO in Australia, known as premium suppliers of great Jet landing gears all over the world.

Retract Valve This valve is attached directly to the receiver to control undercarriages with double acting cylinders.
It replaces the mechanical valve AND the servo plus linkage
Brake Valve This valve is attached directly to the receiver to control undercarriages with single acting cylinders and
wheel brakes with proportional function (PWM). (Pre selected mode: brake function). It replaces the mechanical valve AND the servo plus linkage
Servos Power servos (min. 8). The Lightning was designed around the excellent JR 8511/8611range. See recommended servo list below. Another choice is the new Graupner/JR DS8811 which has a little more torque and about 15% more holding power. The Futaba S9351 should also be a viable alternative.

Recommended Servos:
Ailerons 2 x JR/Graupner 8511/8611
Flaps/speedbrakes 2 x JR/Graupner 8511/8611
Elevators 2 x JR/Graupner 8511/8611
Rudder 1 x JR/Graupner 8511/8611
Nosegear steering 1 x JR/Graupner 8411



Servo Arms Metal servo arms (7 min). Most metal servo arms have a considerable amount of ‘slop’, due to manufacturing tolerances of the arms and the servo output shafts and splines. The SWB ‘Double-Loc’ arms clamp on with no slop at all, and I have used
them on several C-ARF models with great success, which is why I would recommend them here. A set for the Lightning is available as an option

Recommended ‘SWB Double-Loc’ Servo Arms:
Ailerons 2 x 1” half arm
Flaps 2 x 1” half arm
Elevators 2 x 1” half arm
Rudder 1 x 1” half arm


A good 8-10 channel PCM receiver is definitely a requirement with a large jet such as the Lightning.




Large scale models using 8 high power digital servos, long leads, multiple servos per surface as well as additional servos for throttle, smoke systems and chokes can put a huge load on your receiver possibly resulting in a failure.

To overcome this possibility and introduce a whole host of additional benefits such as dual RX pack capability, RF noise filters, servo pulse amplification, battery monitors and indicators and the ability to continue operating even if a servo fail, melts the cables and shorts use a PowerBus solution.

Myself and others (including many TOC pilots) have had great success with the PowerBox Professional and as a result this unit comes highly recommended.

This is an optional item. Otherwise, ensure you use a good quality PCM receiver.



More info on these powerbus solutions is available at




Fuel/Smoke Tank If nearly 6 litres of fuel in the main tanks isn't enough for you, there is space in the cavernous fuselage for another TWO 2.1 litres tanks for either carrying smoke oil or additional fuel. That's an AMAZING potential capacity of just over 10 litres!!