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Old Dec 22, 2007, 01:34 AM
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Yippee!
Well, I did it. F-18 is Here! (Pictures and Flight Report pg2)

Hey everybody, I have been on the verge of buying the HL FA-18 ARF for a while now, but with that 20% off, I did it!



Few things right away:

How's the stock motor? I tend to be a speed demon, so if I put a different motor/esc combo, what would take it to the next level?

Also, that paint job.... I might leave it that way for the maiden, put I think I am going to have to paint it aircraft gray. The blue angels are cool and all, but that paint job says "Hey, look at my new Wal-Mart toy!" I want to make it look like a serious jet.

Anyone own the plane? Any suggestions?

Here's a paint job I'm considering:

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Old Dec 22, 2007, 01:55 AM
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Old Dec 24, 2007, 02:04 PM
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So, nobody has any advice or info about this jet I should know? At least a hint to a faster motor/esc combo? I'm going to keep it on 3S.
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Old Dec 24, 2007, 02:13 PM
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Hey whats up man - Check out this thread. There is TONS of answers on it..

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=746975
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Old Dec 24, 2007, 03:38 PM
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While you're at it, fill the nose cone with that spray foam stuff, or glass it. You WILL crumple it eventually.
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Old Dec 24, 2007, 06:42 PM
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While you're at it, fill the nose cone with that spray foam stuff, or glass it. You WILL crumple it eventually.

I was thinking of lining the inside with epoxy. Will that work?
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Old Dec 24, 2007, 06:45 PM
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I read the whole review thread. The only thing I got from it was whining about the paint and the ESC cutting out on some people.
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Old Dec 24, 2007, 10:14 PM
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BTW, where did you go to get the 20% discount ? I want to get one of these. Thanks in advance

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Old Dec 24, 2007, 11:57 PM
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Hobby-lobby main page. Click on the discount link. You have to put the 20% off in the basket along with the kit. I never would have bought it if it wasn't for the email with the 20% off add.....
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Old Dec 25, 2007, 01:01 AM
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Thanks bro. Much appreciated. Merry X-mas

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Old Dec 25, 2007, 08:24 AM
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No problem. Let me know how you like it. I have a feeling you will have better flying weather before me....
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Old Dec 25, 2007, 12:26 PM
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I was thinking of lining the inside with epoxy. Will that work?

Maybe, except I think it will end up brittle. You could also just line the inside with strapping tape, which will protect it from landing angle mishaps, but not nose-plants.

If I had one, I'd just carve a foam blank and then lay up a real fiberglass cone. Also, I'm willing to bet the fiberglass nose of the HET F-18 would fit pretty closely - Almost the exact same dimensions - They have them at warbirds-rc.com for $8.50

http://www.warbirds-rc.com/Store/fa-18g.html
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Old Jan 02, 2008, 02:13 PM
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I read the whole review thread. The only thing I got from it was whining about the paint and the ESC cutting out on some people.
Don't like that thread? Try this one....
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=725206
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Old Jan 02, 2008, 11:42 PM
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It's Here!!

Here it is! Ready for maiden flight tomorrow, major painting is done. I still have some decals to print.

How does she look guys?
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Old Jan 03, 2008, 02:55 AM
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Here's the bottom. I painted the wings black underneath for visual aid.
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