Originally Posted by herk1
"Positive acclaims"?? You mean like this one:
Maybe you were like me and made the mistake of reading only the early part of the thread before making a buying decision....because in that early part of the thread there was a review by one of those people who apparently gets airplanes for free and then issues reports/reviews which seem to inevitably be of the, as you say, "positive acclaim" variety. I got suckered in by that misleading load of
too. Truth is, this plane is one of those planes which should only be bought as airframe-only. The ARF version is a stinker. Weak power, "dollar-store-quality" retracts, junk hardware (horns, pushrods, etc.), inadequate wing spar support, and assorted other boo-boos/deficiencies to deal with. Once you gut the plane of the junk internals and rekit it and fix it up some, the plane is fine....but the money spent to get the ARF version versus the airframe-only version is wasted. JMO.
Nah, I've been talking to Tim over email. He is setting up an ARF belly lander like mine. No headaches, just peer pleasure. Cold Canadian air, lower elevation, no fiddling with junk retracts, = positive F-18 Super Hornet enjoyment. I fly the bag off mine stock because it is light, the air is thick, and the retracts don't ruin the experience seeing this larger 70mm doing some scale flights.
I love this airframe. Best plane I have right now IMO. I've been flying my parkzone stuff out of loyalty, the F-18 makes my day.
You guys just might see the first 10 minute + F-18 run from this guy, he is a windy flyer. Something I'm not.
But yes the retracts are junk. I knew not to go there too. In fact the non-retracts are total junk too and the main stance is too narrow either way. As is this is a belly man's plane.