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Old Jul 12, 2014, 04:38 PM
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Well guys it's not much as it was filmed on my iPhone but here is yesterday's flight if the F18 with a 10x5x3 prop. Unfortunately that was the only flight as my star pitcher hit her head on the missile mount and it went over on its nose in concrete this time. Fortunately the brace lady throwing the model was ok. And never worry the F18 has got the nose cone on, filler and patched and the glass cloth epoxy is curing as we speek.

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Jepe jets F18 pusher prop (3 min 37 sec)
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Old Jul 12, 2014, 06:06 PM
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That's a good video, Shane- no need to apologize. You and your jet are flying great! Glad your launching lady wasn't hurt- hope the missile rail wasn't damaged. Looks like a beautiful day there on the Emerald Isle. Is that your kids that can be heard in the backround?
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 08:54 AM
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Shane,

Looks like it flies great. Nice work.
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 03:50 PM
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Well, I'm not anywhere close to starting yet, but things are shaping up!!
After a false start--and going thru a ton of ink, making copies of the pic below for a template, I thought it was on the nut for scale ..NOT. A do over !

If you look just below the LEX's and above the intakes (in the pic), on the KMP fuse, it's 8 5/8th " Got it dead on now. Did gain an increase in overall width of the intakes though, up to 9.5" . A touch more than 100% FSA now.

A few pics of the struts, Not perfectly scale , but close enough for me--

Getting things in order, templates in the works, and my parts list is close to being done.
How much prop clearance do you need for a pusher with landing gear?
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 05:28 PM
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Up to this point, I don't think anyone has done this jet as a pusher with gear!!

They would have to be some real long gear, I'm afraid.
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 05:40 PM
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I was thinking the same. I am not quite sure if hand launching the KMP F-18 is a great idea, and I am looking for alternatives.
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 06:16 PM
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Take a look at this set-up.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=214

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...5#post28906381

this is the whole page.
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 10:42 PM
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I was thinking the same. I am not quite sure if hand launching the KMP F-18 is a great idea, and I am looking for alternatives.
Once you get used to it, it's a piece of cake. It's still small and light enough to do on your own.
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Old Jul 14, 2014, 10:46 PM
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I know what I'm doing 😃. But I really want to try it with all my aircraft just for fun. Glow and gas too.
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Old Jul 15, 2014, 03:33 AM
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Hey guys with an 11x7 prop the gear would have to be quite long. The prop offers a lot of umph to get away but even with long gear you would most likely get a prop strike. If you make a hand hold on or around the C of G you can comfortably throw this model yourself on around 3 quarters throttle. She gets away very smooth and having that lifting fuselage she takes a nose up approach to take off. She eats up the sky and has great presents while doing so. The wings do rock when slowed down too much. Keep this in mind during landings and you'll not go far wrong. 3 more flights this past weekend make this bird my favorite. Everyone down at the feild was very surprised about the power on 4s and paid attention when she was in the air. Now to finish that paint and maybe add some rudders I feel she could use them.
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Old Jul 15, 2014, 10:51 AM
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Thanks for the info guys!
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Old Yesterday, 03:04 AM
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Hey guys one more thing to not about this bug. I've had about 12 flights so far and she's great. My problem lies in the belly hatch. I need to sort out a way of securing it so hat it can be re opened. It has come open during flight and really changes this a lot. It seems pressure build up during high speed flight is enough to force open even my strongest tape. I've a couple ideas but thought I might put the problem to all of you. Thanks in advance
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Old Yesterday, 05:02 AM
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Because of how I'm doing mine, no need for bottom hatch--I'll glue it shut and fill with putty.. In fact, all panel lines wil be filled B-4 it's glassed.
I'll be putting hatches like this in;
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Old Yesterday, 08:41 AM
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Hey Cooler,

Here's what I am using to secure the bottom hatch area. Then there is no need to cut another hole.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...0pcs_bag_.html
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Old Yesterday, 10:33 AM
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John, I've looked at those latches B-4--nice, just wonder why BVM ones are so pricy? http://shopbvmjets.com/zencart/index...products_id=71

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there is no need to cut another hole.
Depending how you look at it, might be 3!! I'll do what Tom did on his for the canopy-- cut out part of fuse, and mount it that way.. looks great like that.

As for the bottom "hatch" as it is, to mount the formers I need and cut outs for retracts--it has to be closed up. Then glassed inside.

Lots of stuff going on inside there!!
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