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Jul 08, 2007, 03:42 PM
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F-18 Profile propjet - free plans!

Hi everyone.. been a while since a posted a new design! Here are the plans to a mid-wing mounted F-18 profile propjet. Its got a 28.25" wingspan, and a carbon fiber spar under the wing (use whatever spar you want to brace the wing). It uses a HK01 brashless motor (available at www.blackdogrc.com, I've had nothing but good experiences with Devaun and his company), throwing a GWS 7035HD prop - keeps the amp draw down and I can usually get a 10 minute high performance (for me that is ) flight on a 3s 1320 lipo. Video of the plane on a less than fully charged lipo can be found here:


On a freshly charged pack, it flies faster and accelerates climbing straight up!

This plane is my third prototype and I'm pretty happy with the looks and the performance. Davereap and his F-15/SU-27 combo with the wider prop-slot was really the inspiration behind this one. I liked the flexibility of throwing a larger prop, and also the reduced CG sensitivity of having the mid-wing design.

No build guide on this one, but its pretty straightforward. I would route a slot for the spar, affix the motor mount, and hinge control surfaces before gluing it together. CG with the aforementioned motor and battery is approx 3" back from the front of the intakes.

If you decide to build one, please share your comments and feedback here in this thread! Thanks, and hope you enjoy.

EDIT: Added "full" version of plans, not sure if it will work out for those who asked or not. Had to set paper size to 24" x 60" even though the drawing size is just a little smaller.. Scale still appears to be correct, so you may just have a little scrap paper on the top and side.
Last edited by glovesave39; Jul 15, 2007 at 09:31 AM.
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Jul 08, 2007, 06:18 PM
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She's a Beauty Glovesave . The video was great. I take thats your backyard GS, you lucky Bugger. What an area to fly in.

Boy, it looks extremely agile and looks Fantastic in the air. A fantastic job. Thanks for the Tile plans. Definately on the build list.

Regards Box
Jul 12, 2007, 07:36 AM
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Anyone out there building one yet? (shameless bump)
Jul 12, 2007, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by glovesave39
Anyone out there building one yet? (shameless bump)
glad you did a shameless bump. I missed the thread the first time around. I'm going to download the plans and give it a shot. I just got done doing a beta test on a F-18 Blue Angels Formation Flyer, I guess now I gotta build a larger single one.
Jul 12, 2007, 09:58 AM
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Nice little jet. Hopefully mine flies as good as yours. Thanks for the link to BDRC. Do you know the KV of that hk01 motor? Just wanted to compare it to what I got. Wow free shipping! Not bad prices. Might have to put one of the epp combat planes on my burthday list.
Jul 13, 2007, 12:48 PM
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I don't know what the Kv is of the hk01.. Devaun probably knows, I'll email him and ask.
Jul 13, 2007, 03:14 PM
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Where you been?this ones on the "build list"if i can find some ff.
Jul 13, 2007, 06:29 PM
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What is your AUW for the 28"er? Any chance for a full-page version of the plans? I am getting into parkjets now and your F-18 looks pretty good, but I would like to scale it down a little for a lighter/lower amp setup.

Jul 15, 2007, 01:40 AM
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Excellent plane. I just love the price of these plans.

Jul 15, 2007, 09:44 AM
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Thanks or the comments gang! AUW is 12.2oz (346 grams). I've posted a full size version of the plans in the first post, hope those work. I use CutePDF to convert the CAD drawing to PDF, and it forces me to select a paper size.. which in this case I selected 24" x 60" - its a little bigger than the drawing itself, but it appears to have retained the proper scale - just some extra paper on the top and sides. Let me know if it doesn't work out for you! I've emailed Devaun about the Kv of the HK01, so hopefully I will hear back from him soon.

I'm still having lots of fun with this plane. I wish I had the camera the other day - I was flying really low and slow (maybe 10 feet off the deck) in high alpha - almost hovering.. then I'd punch it and it would climb out almost straight up.. Really fun to see the acceleration! Maybe I'm amused easily

Happy building!
Jul 15, 2007, 07:24 PM
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Nice job on the F-18, looks really good!!!

I just watched the Blue Angels fly, and now I'm all enthused about F-18's. Your design is definitley going on my build list.

Have you considered adding a bit of foam to the front to make it full fuse? Have a look at the RCSuperpowers web site. They have profile and full fuse version of the Mig 29 and Eurofighter. The little bit of foam up front really goes a long way toward the scale look!!

Jul 15, 2007, 09:19 PM
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well thnx dude,i DLed the plans and def. will be on the table in a day or two.

Jul 16, 2007, 03:45 AM
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ah so the fuz clicks together
any chance of a picture from below please ?
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Jul 17, 2007, 02:17 AM
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isi it possible to get the plan in a dxf file. Thank you
Jul 17, 2007, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by brucej
ah so the fuz clicks together
any chance of a picture from below please ?
Sure, when I return home this evening I'll take a pic for you.

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