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Old 09-04-2003, 12:17 AM
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hello prop-nuts, iam hoping you can guide me in the right direction, I got my hands on a Direct Connection Hornet, This plane was a bear to build, but the time was put in (alot of time), I just have to cover the wings and iam done. I have K&B 61, that pulled my 40 ultra sport around with athorthy,I had planded to used in it, now having everything in the plane to enclude retracts & the time I have spend on this plane, iam unsure if this engine will fly it. Has anyone had any exprence with this plane any recomendations, thanks any thing will be gladly appreciated
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Old 09-04-2003, 01:42 AM
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I have never flown one of these or seen them fly in person. I do know however that a guy here had one before I started flying. I've seen video of it fly. It flew very nicely. This guy build it to go fast. He had a supertiger 91 and pipe on it. I'd say it'll fly on the 60 but dont know about how well.
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Old 09-04-2003, 10:20 PM
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I built one about 5 years ago and yes it was a dog to build. If I did it again I would have left out the rudders, a lessoned learned with the F-14 as well. I ended selling it to a friend who used a 91 DF on it spinning a 10x10 prop and it flew great with that set up. It had fixed gear but it looked good anyway. I did see one fly with a 72 Irvine with retracts and it was great. i'd like to think a little slower than my f-14 wink wink.... In any event your probably going to have a ball, nice and heavy planes like that fly great and have a real presence in the air. If you do decide to upgrade the engine I would reccomend an MVVS .77 but in any event you will probably be fine. Can you upload some pic's?
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I have a MVVS .77 and it is a strong engine. I am running it with a mini tuned pipe and it runs great. One thing though it is not a high revving engine, but has tons of torque for a 2 stroke.

I bet it would run very well with a high pitch prop.
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Old 09-06-2003, 12:44 AM
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Thanks everyone for your replies. I installed flaparoniens , hopeing to get nice, slow, nose high landing. Once its completed pictures will be posted.
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Old 09-11-2003, 07:42 PM
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I am currently building one as well. My plan is to put an OS .61 SF ABC Pump on it. I have talked with the designer and he said it should do fine.

I am doing mine up in Blue Angel colors - about 80% complete.

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Old 09-21-2003, 09:25 PM
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hello everyone, im looking for a set of plans to build a f-18, anyone out there have plans please let me know. thanx.
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Old 09-23-2003, 02:42 PM
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Hi all,

I built the DC F18 a couple of years ago. I equipped it with an OS61SF, retracts and flaps. I haven't flown it yet as I have no place to fly it. I have previously built and flown the GP Patriot and F14. They both flew well, but with the limited air space at the field, I couldn't continue to fly them there and sold them. Yes the F18 is a bear to build, especially the fuse. Still, it makes a great looking plane. I also built the DC F20 several years ago and sold it without flying it. It was a great looking plane too. Here are some pics of these. There are 2 patriots. I built a second for a friend.

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Old 09-27-2003, 07:35 AM
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I some years back owned one of the G&P pusher F18's with a OS91FX on a tuned pipe.The jet flew awesome,looked,flew & landed just like a Ducted fan F18.It has spring air retracts & plug in wings.I personally (no pun intended)was never a fan of the jets copies such as the DC line,cermark,GP f15 and such.They do not look like jets in my opinion.The G&P pusher F18 is the best replica I have seen in terms of prop driven jets-It looks like an F18 to the t.Two years ago I started flying ducted fan jets & now to turbines.I have in my hangar -YA Starfire,YA F16 & YA F4-ducted & Turbines-YA F18,CAI Razor & BVM F86.The f18 I am working on will feature scale flaps,working canopy,nav lights,leading edge slats,full gear doors & will fly on flying stabs only just like full scale F18.Power will be a Wren54(12 pounds of thrust)I also have a wren 54 in my F86.My starfire is ducted fan-level high speed passes are 182 mph-198 in a dive-clocked.I know this is off topic a little but alotta guys are interested to hear about the turbine & ducted fan side of the hobby.I only fly jets & big aerobatic planes now-35% Giles & a 27% PW 300.Many guys unfortantly cant pursue the turbine & df side of the hobby cause the cost is so substancial-I have over 25,000 invested in my jets.The average cost per jet rtf is 2000-5000 grand.Then I had to go buy a 12 foot customized trailer for all my jets-complete with work bench,fridge,overhead lighting & full power supply.After flying jets I can tell you there is no bigger rush than hugging the deck @ 180-190 mph then climbing out vertical into a split s The prop jets can be fun as long as the model looks like a jet & the only one I have seen capture this was the G&P F18.[8D]

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Old 02-25-2004, 07:43 PM
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Hi all. I am new here and like ths new format for a used to be "rc news group" remember??.
Anyways I am looking for a built up type of plans for the F/A-18 Hornet. Does anyone out there have any
leads or tips??.
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Old 02-26-2004, 08:48 AM
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RCM have a set of plans for F18 in pusher configuration. I build one with OS 91 vrdf in nose. It flies very fast. The first one is mine, the second was build for Bob Kenkle.
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Here is a cute little F-18 I built last year. The plans are available from Model Airplane News. It's very small and is designed for a .25. I put a Mecoa .28 wildcat in mine. The plane looks great in the air and is very easy to fly with the flat bottom wing. However, I'm a little disappointed in the performance. I may try a pipe this year and see if I can get a little more out of it. I also used a Perry pump since I installed the fuel tank over the CG. The engine runs flawlessly with this setup. Enjoy!
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Thank you so much. I will look into that magazine and order those plans...if they still have them.
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[8D]hello blue skys, thanks for replying to my thread. Its good to know that someone and its a nice flier. I completed my DC F-18, in Jan. and finally took it to the field 03-19-04, everyone was impressed with it, I didnt like the hole in the undercarrage for the landing gear so during the winter months I made doors to close behind them, they work fine and looks great closing behind the gear.Insert Into Your Original Page

I do have a Q, to ask you I have an S&P F-18, am about to start on, I really would like to know your opinion of the stabilizer. I can go with the conventional RC stab., but I like the full floating stab. I know from your e-mail you are an experienced builder and jet flier and I really would like to know your thoughts on it.

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Old 03-24-2004, 08:37 PM
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I have the Direct Connection one. Flies great. Has an Enya .80x engine in it.

Go here http://www.innovative-com.com/airplanes

to see video of it.
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Old 03-25-2004, 10:27 PM
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Buck, a pipe aint gonna help a MECCOA turd. I have two of those sorry things and have kicked myself ever since I traded in an old KB .28 for one of them. Toss that thing and go get a .25 FX. I just tried putting one of the turd motors in my Miss Los Angeles and got so fustrated with it I took it out and made my local OS distributor a happy man. Now my scratch built beauty screams accross the sky with authority and consistancy!

Just my feelings. If you really want to know how I feel and all about my M-turd experience look in RCM letters to the ed about 2 1/2 years ago.
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Old 03-25-2004, 10:42 PM
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Here is a pic if you care.
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