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Posted by HawkerTyphoon | Jul 17, 2009 @ 06:42 PM | 4,339 Views
Well the hardest part of the F/A-18 is almost over. Even though it wasn't hard in the least, it was just difficult in that it took some perseverance, much patience, and some good luck. Before I painted the canopy, I must have changed its shape at least 10 times. NO JOKE. It started off looking like a really horrible round blob, then from there it became what it is now, not the best, but good enough for me. After two or so coats of watered down drywall goop, it got sanded with 400 grit sandpaper and then coated with a layer of white acrylic paint. The coat of white acted as primer and took out almost all of the dark, show through color of the foam. Then I painted the red stripes, and then after that the grey base color. I still need to touch up on the red stripes, but that will be later.

Also, the inlet diverters have been glued on and sanded smooth.

Cheers,
HT
Posted by HawkerTyphoon | Jul 09, 2009 @ 09:34 PM | 4,629 Views
For many years, my dad who is a firefighter has always kept me interested in the helicopters that are used in aerial fire fighting. They can range from a small Eurocopter A-Star with a small Bambi bucket to the old Twin Hueys of the Vietnam era with dump tanks. . L.A. County in Southern California even has a special "FireHawk" helicopter which is a modified Blackhawk Helicopter with the intent for helping put fires from the air. While fixed wing operations take the brunt of the aerial firefighting duty, rotor craft have one key ability, the hover, while a flying boat can skim over a lake or a fire bomber does a "hot refuel", a helicopter can dip its bucket into almost any water source and be back into the "heat" of it in no time....Continue Reading
Posted by HawkerTyphoon | Jul 05, 2009 @ 06:14 PM | 3,859 Views
In the past few days, I have finished the aft portion as previously stated, but now I have the elevators glued and hooked up to the servos and the pockets for the aileron servos cut out. The aileron servos like the elevator servo are HXT 900's. These are larger than the GWS Pico servos called for, but all the Pico servos I have are in another airplane, so these will have to do.

I also have glued the missile rails onto the wing and have the aileron control horns installed. I managed to find the 1-32 music wire I knew I had but haven't installed them as I need to pick up some 3M tape for the hinges.

HT
Posted by HawkerTyphoon | Jul 04, 2009 @ 05:27 PM | 3,782 Views
So, I have completed the aft portion up to gluing on the top sheeting which will need to wait until I buy a motor for this bird. I have just completed the horizontal stabs.
Instead of using the aluminum tube bearings called for, I used some leftover carbon fiber spar since the CF tubing I used had a hole almost the perfect size for the .157" torque rod. I installed the elevator servo, a HXT 900, and am now going to look for some 1-32 push rods which I know I have laying around here somewhere.

Since the last post I have decided on a color scheme.
It will be the diamondback scheme from VFA-102.

For all those interested, here is an amazing source of PDF decal plans
sized specifically for Steve Shumate's, F-14's, F-15's, and F-18's

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=89637

HT
Posted by HawkerTyphoon | Jul 02, 2009 @ 07:59 PM | 4,586 Views
Alright, here I have started ANOTHER project!

I saw the plans for the F-18 and then I looked at the equipment I just bought for a DW foamy, and said the the Foamy could wait! Also, the F-18 is going to be cheaper so that helped considerably in the decision process.

so off to RCFoam.com I went and purchased some 6mm grey depron. Turns out I bought enough for 2 airplanes As I used only half what I bought.

It took me one afternoon to print and assemble the tiled plans, one more afternoon to cut out all the pieces and a third to assemble to about the point I have it here. I am glad it is summer because I would have keeled over with anticipation if I had been in school, and had to think about building it all day while doing school. Also, waiting for the FedEx man to come is an extreme form of torture for me, I drive my family crazy with my incessant comments on the slowness and price/ speed of the shipping process, I mean come on, if you shell out over ten bucks for shipping, it should come faster than the week it takes.

OK back on topic.
specs.

wingspan: 28.5"
Length: 41.7"
Weight:15-20 oz

motor and such haven't been chosen yet

The build is really nice, with excellent parts fit and finish so far. I have been using 3M Super 77 spar adhesive, Hot glue, and Yardbird RC Ultimate Foam Glue for the construction, and let me tell you, this combination is PERFECT. 3M is perfect for plans adhesion to the foam for cutting out the parts,...Continue Reading