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Old Jun 27, 2009, 10:16 PM
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1:10 scale Yellow A/C CAF-188 (F-18)


While I'm waiting on my nose gear for the A-7 I was able to start a Yellow F-18 project. I picked up the kit a month or so ago (from Doug B) which had been started.

Scale: 1/10

Length: 67.5"

Wingspan: 47"

Weight: 11-13 lbs (mfg est.)

Power: Dyn-e-max fan / Scorpion HK-4035-630KV motor

Fuel: Qty 2, XPS Pro 6S1P 5000mAh Lipo packs

Flap/Aileron control: JR 3421 servos driving RDS actuation.

Gear: Yellow A/C retracts and wheels, RCCrafters scale struts

I'm at the point of glassing the wings, stab, fins, ailerons, and flaps. I'll post some pics of my progress this week.

Color scheme...Canadian...of course.
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Old Jun 28, 2009, 05:36 AM
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Cool. We got plenty of colors to choose from.

Technically though............it's a CF-188. Not a CAF-18.
Old Jun 28, 2009, 07:23 AM
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I've corrected the title but have however read it written both ways...also they use CF-18A and CF-18B's...according to what I've read.

There are a number of really cool schemes, I'll post a few for those following the thread, as well as the one I've settled on.
Old Jun 28, 2009, 10:22 AM
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For those F-18...err CF-188...fans out there, here are a few of the schemes I had considered. Hint, mine isn't one of them.

Leading Edge models has done a great job with these decals sets (almost all of which I have if any one wants a high res scan of one).
Old Jun 28, 2009, 10:26 AM
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Here's a couple other Canadian schemes that were also given consideration...
Old Jun 28, 2009, 11:04 AM
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Hi, strictlyscale! Thx for sharing all those colour schemes!

Can you share how you purchased those Leading Edge decals? I tried to order the 20th anniversary wasp sheet when I built a semi-scale 1/12 version; but was somehow unsuccessful. The CAF has a very artistic fellow who originated these schemes. Glad the US Navy has since initiated the color bird system; the camo gray just did not make a high vis model.

I'll be watching your progress. Please keep posting.

Phil
Old Jun 28, 2009, 07:56 PM
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Hi, strictlyscale! Thx for sharing all those colour schemes!

Can you share how you purchased those Leading Edge decals?
Well, that's been a bit of a process over time (maybe 2 years). Some I was able to get from LEM direct, but once he's done a run that's pretty much it. Ebay sometimes will have the odd set. I've also been able to get some through http://www.wingsforfreedom.com/ if you go to the store, click on plastic models, then decals. I've found a search on the web locates a particular scheme and product number. Then I can just keep searching for that product number. Because I don't build many plastic models, whether the decals are in 1/32, 1/48, or even 1/72 scale doesn't really matter to me.

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I tried to order the 20th anniversary wasp sheet when I built a semi-scale 1/12 version; but was somehow unsuccessful.
BINGO! This is the scheme I'm doing. I have these decals in 1/48 and 1/32. Let me know if you want some scans and I can send you some.

For everyone else, here's a few pictures of the scheme I'll be duplicating for me CF-18. I'll post more pics when I break out the paint supplies.
Old Jun 29, 2009, 01:50 PM
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Thx for the offer! The 20th anniversary wasp is a great scheme. It and the AETC scheme were the only ones available at the time; & I got a scan from another kind soul on this forum & manage to hand paint that, except for the spray painted pastel feathers on the wings.
Can't wait to see how yours turn out.

Phil
Old Jun 29, 2009, 02:39 PM
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Very cool Phil. Do you have pictures of how yours turned out?
Old Jun 29, 2009, 03:52 PM
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Sean,

These are a few pictures I took at the Winamac jet rally this past weekend. The detail was crazy and dead on and flew with a set of turbines. This Canadian F-18 had some power! I to will be keeping a close eye on this thread.

Chris
Old Jun 29, 2009, 04:10 PM
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Very cool Phil. Do you have pictures of how yours turned out?
There are a few photos in the thread below, in posts #73 & #89. It was down at my usual finishing level & done with big box spray cans. But the visibility of the model in the air was superb.

...www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=234683

Phil
Old Jun 29, 2009, 07:49 PM
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Thanks Phil, even with simple tools the result is quite convincing. Thanks for sharing.
Old Jun 29, 2009, 09:03 PM
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Sean,
Thats going to be an incredible scheme! Hi-vis, easily recognizable top and bottom. So many other excellent paint schemes to choose from too.

I found that info on the RDS will do some reading at work tomorrow, I like how it hides neatly in the wing and flight controls, no messy rods/horns/fairings.

Mark
Old Jun 29, 2009, 09:55 PM
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MArk,

Mine arrived today. I'll post some pics when I get to installing them. Here's some additional reading on the RDS system for you:

http://augiemckibben.tripod.com/site...ive_system.pdf
Old Jun 30, 2009, 01:38 AM
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Sean,
Thanks for the reading material, that's exactly what I was looking for. Also looking forward to seeing what the system looks like, and your impression of how it's going to work in the Jet. After I read the file you sent me, i'll have lots of questions for you (hope you don't mind, I can always send it PM if you like).

Mark


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