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Old May 22, 2011, 12:27 AM
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Flew my AF F18 for the first time this evening. Had four flights. Hand launches with ease and is a real stable flyer. My set up has Dons Wicked plus 4000 motor dynamically balanced in the EDO Type1 fan. It sounds like a turbine with this fan a low-pitch whistle! I use a 4s 2450 and am getting about 650-700 watts. I would guess the speed is around 80mph on a fresh pack. With the thickness of the trailing edges on the wings, the vert stabs and tail you would really have to power it up to get a really fast jet. The good thing about that thickness on the trailing edges is it makes the jet fly really stable. My AUW is 27.8 oz.....

The good:

Stable flyer
Hand launch is not a problem with decent power (> 500w)
Glides great
Landing is easy it will slows down fine
Good price on the airframe only version

The suspect:

Thick trailing edges (compare this to the vert stab and wings of the HP F16 to see how you get a "slick jet")
I hate the way the servos wires are run ...very sloppy, IMO
Would be nice to have the fuse in 2 parts out of the box
Had to hog out some foam to get the lipo to fit but not that much
Flimsy nose-cone (I cut out some packing foam the exact shape and glued it in there so no biggie now)

I will post some video when I have a chance. Overall I give a 8 out of 10 due to the price!...Tom
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