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Old Nov 27, 2011, 10:24 PM
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$5 fix for better high speed flight control

Hey guys, just want to throw my 2 cents in a cheap upgrade that takes all the flex out of the controls linkages to the ailerons and especially the elevator.
The new Parkzone F-27Q Striker linkages bolt on nicely to this F-18 and are waaaaaaaaay less flimsy. The tail linkages in this F-18 I found particularly alarming and probably prone to tail flutter under stress. (at my flying level I'm being somewhat gentle still)

Did a change-over and took some snap shots.

I bought a second set as I plan on changing out the servos to something better next.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 12:43 PM
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I'm actually not that happy with how little thread is left for the elevator adjuster. I think I'll take carbon tube and put it over the original F-18 elevator rod to take the flex out. Should work...
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 02:12 PM
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I just started assembly of mine, during testing, the nose retract began sticking in the "down" position. It will go back up if you tap on it several times. Has anyone had issues with defective e-tracts on this model?

Anyone dealt with Nitroplanes dealing with defects? I tried calling them, phone would just ring about 20 times then disconnect me. Sent them an e-mail, waiting for response.....not good.

Ron
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 05:30 PM
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I just started assembly of mine, during testing, the nose retract began sticking in the "down" position. It will go back up if you tap on it several times. Has anyone had issues with defective e-tracts on this model?

Anyone dealt with Nitroplanes dealing with defects? I tried calling them, phone would just ring about 20 times then disconnect me. Sent them an e-mail, waiting for response.....not good.

Ron
try the live chat..or find them on this forum under vendors or try there forum from there website..at the bottom..it sucks that we have to go through all these changes..but live chat or the forums have worked great for me..lol..once you get through they can be very helpful..just try and stay calm..in this business they get alot of rude people and it only back fires..
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Old Dec 01, 2011, 01:57 AM
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Since there aren't enough videos of this plane... enjoy!


Exceed RC F/A-18 70mm edf jet close call landing (5 min 57 sec)



Exceed R/C F/A-18 edf jet 70mm smooth flying! (12 min 3 sec)
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Old Dec 01, 2011, 01:44 PM
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Wow! That was a close call landing! Nice last second save!
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Old Dec 01, 2011, 02:52 PM
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Wow! That was a close call landing! Nice last second save!
thanks
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Old Dec 01, 2011, 05:48 PM
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I know this is a little off topic... but not all my flights yesterday went well.... just thought i'd share...

T-50 Aftermath! (2 min 31 sec)
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Old Dec 04, 2011, 08:38 PM
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wow

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I know this is a little off topic... but not all my flights yesterday went well.... just thought i'd share...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqTTTWnRmRA&hd=1
wow...what a bummer...those darn poles!!!!...sorry to see that..thanks for sharing.
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Old Dec 16, 2011, 03:19 PM
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Any advice appreciated

Greetings,
Just received my new Exceed 70mm F18 ARF. I haven't opened the box yet because it's apresent from my wife for Christmas. Gotta wait another week. It apparently comes with a KV2750 motor and a 45A ESC. Can anyone attest to the quality of the ESC? Does this ESC come with a BEC?? Should I bypass the BEC and go with a seperate battery for the electronics???
What would be the recommended battery for this configuration?
How about the stock servos, will they hold up??

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old Dec 17, 2011, 12:02 AM
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Greetings,
Just received my new Exceed 70mm F18 ARF. I haven't opened the box yet because it's apresent from my wife for Christmas. Gotta wait another week. It apparently comes with a KV2750 motor and a 45A ESC. Can anyone attest to the quality of the ESC? Does this ESC come with a BEC?? Should I bypass the BEC and go with a seperate battery for the electronics???
What would be the recommended battery for this configuration?
How about the stock servos, will they hold up??

Any advice would be appreciated.
Congrats on your Christmas gift. Hope you enjoy it. You should be alright with the stock esc and you won't have to buy a BEC. My F-18 has been quite happy with it's 4s 3000Mah pack. If you upgreade the motor you'll want to upgrade to a 60 amp ESC.
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Old Dec 19, 2011, 03:00 PM
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Lander fan/motor

Just purchased the kit. After reading through much of the forum it seems the majority feel this is a fun stable jet. I yanked my 70mm RC Lander fan/motor combo from a Lander F16 and plan to install it in the F18. Any thoughts on this choice would be appreciated. Also have a 65A HET and 4s 3300mah battery to complete the power setup.

Thanks
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Old Dec 19, 2011, 05:32 PM
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Just purchased the kit. After reading through much of the forum it seems the majority feel this is a fun stable jet. I yanked my 70mm RC Lander fan/motor combo from a Lander F16 and plan to install it in the F18. Any thoughts on this choice would be appreciated. Also have a 65A HET and 4s 3300mah battery to complete the power setup.

Thanks
I've an MB1 and SAPAC knock off fan and feel it's a tad tail heavy but there's PLENTY enough room in the bat tray for even a 5s 3300mah.

Some tips maybe not in the thread

Use heavier gauge steering wire and secure steering servo well to prevent bending of front landing gear strut wire. I use the round servo arm cause it's always been the toughest and doesn't break on "aggressive landings"

Clear tape the rudders and lending edges of wing, it'll toughen them up 3 fold and wont add too much extra weight or hide the looks of the plane any. I did this to my Windrider F35 which is a low density light EPS and they haven't snapped once even though I've flipped it a couple of times.
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Old Dec 19, 2011, 07:56 PM
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I've an MB1 and SAPAC knock off fan and feel it's a tad tail heavy but there's PLENTY enough room in the bat tray for even a 5s 3300mah.

Some tips maybe not in the thread

Use heavier gauge steering wire and secure steering servo well to prevent bending of front landing gear strut wire. I use the round servo arm cause it's always been the toughest and doesn't break on "aggressive landings"

Clear tape the rudders and lending edges of wing, it'll toughen them up 3 fold and wont add too much extra weight or hide the looks of the plane any. I did this to my Windrider F35 which is a low density light EPS and they haven't snapped once even though I've flipped it a couple of times.
Thanks for the information. I was a little worried about the heavier Lander setup, but suppose I could balance it out with the appropriate bat. UPS status shows they received a shipping label. I don't believe it will arrive before Xmas using ground shipping...
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Old Dec 20, 2011, 05:16 AM
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Sullivan products
No. S527 Bulk 2-56 w/Clips (12)
No. S501 2-56 Assorted double end thread 8 rods

No. S528 Bulk 4-40 w/Clips (12)
S494 4-40 Assorted double end thread 10 rods

Don't forget Robart hinge pins to replace the cheesie fall apart hinges

JK are you keeping the sun to your back and your car out of the flight path now?
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