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Old 07-22-2002, 10:39 PM
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Here's a few pictures of my Direct Connection F-18 Hornet. It's specs are as follows:

Enya .80x Engine w/ 12x8 APC prop
Weighs about 7.5 lbs.
Fixed gear (wishing for retracts)
Flies about 80 MPH. Not a speed demon, but looks good in the air.
Lands like a trainer.

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Another picture of it....

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Old 07-22-2002, 11:29 PM
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I am thinking to re-introduce this kit in F-18 Super Hornet Version!

Wonder if people will be interested.......

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That DC F-18 looks like the one i had, same colors. Truly a very easy Propjet to fly, landings where so easy. There is a guy at my field who has a DC F-18 with retracts and and OS 91 up front.

Again flies very well, probably 90-100mph pushing it.

Again great Propjet....
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Default Re: I have seen this Jet....

Originally posted by AK Models
I am thinking to re-introduce this kit in F-18 Super Hornet Version!

Wonder if people will be interested.......

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Introduce planes that are discontinued or what is not on the market. The .60 size Cermark F-20 but with a better canopy.

How about a nice scale 65inch Stuka Arf for the same price as the Hangar 9 P51

How about a P-38

We have enough crap floating around. Come up with something to compete against planes that are constantly sold out and you'll have a winner.

How about a 70inch Hellcat Arf

How about a 65 inch Spitfire Arf

Trouble is you can kill yourself by pricing them to high also.
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Introduce planes that are discontinued or what is not on the market. The .60 size Cermark F-20 but with a better canopy.

How about a nice scale 65inch Stuka Arf for the same price as the Hangar 9 P51

How about a P-38

We have enough crap floating around. Come up with something to compete against planes that are constantly sold out and you'll have a winner.

How about a 70inch Hellcat Arf

How about a 65 inch Spitfire Arf

Trouble is you can kill yourself by pricing them to high also.

Cyclic Hardover,
Looks like you know what market wants, why not open your own business?
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Snaggs,
What do you think of $249 for rarely flown, well-built DC F-18?
No retracts, solidly-built, no fuel stains. Is that a fair price?
I'm thinking of stepping up to it, could be fun.
Might have to renew my tarmac club membership, bet it won't do well in grass.
I talked to the guy at Direct Connection today, he might have plans and/or a manual he could sell me.

Also, Where do you fly in St. Louis?
I used to fly at Buder Park, in ValleyPark,great place, good runways, never too crowded...jet guys could fly, control liners, etc.

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hockeypilot,

The best deal I could find on the F-18 kit was $189 when I was looking at them. That was about a year ago (2001). It's a 60+ size airplane almost a 90 size. I have an ENYA 80x in mine with a 12x8 APC prop and it pulls it around ok. Looses a lot of air speed though if you pull the nose up to a vertical. It take about 3-4 rolls of covering to finish it. Also takes 5-6 servos. The finish weight on mine is about 7.5 lbs (dry). Having added all that up it comes to $237. So if you give $249 for it you paid the guy $12 to build and cover it. If it comes with servos you're doing even better.

The F-18 flies great off of grass. The way the landing gear is put in it, it'd be hard to rip it out. Although if you tried hard enough I'm sure you could do it. The airplane flies great and lands almost like a trainer. It's very stable. The only hard part about flying it is the weird angles you'll get on it as it flies. With the swept horizontal's and verticals on it, it can give you some pretty weird angles of reference. If you want to know what I'm talking about, visit my web page and scroll down the where the F-18 is. You'll see a text section on the right hand side that says "See in-flight pictures here". Click on the "here" and look at the picture in the bottom left corner. Click on it to blow it up. Then look across the top of the plane and you'll see what appears to be 3 wings sticking up. At a distance it can be hard to tell what's what. You just have to rely on your instinct. I've often told myself that if I ever lost the airplane it would most likely be to disorientation.

Don't let that stop you from getting it. It's a great flyer and it looks really nice in the air. I also have some video of it on my site if you want to see how it flies.

I fly quite often at Buder park. It still is a great place to fly. They just repaved the runways there. I'm a member of St. Louis R/C also, since it's about 8 mins from my house.
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Wasn't St.Louis RC the club up near the farms in CreveCoeur near the lake with the boat races?
They got a new field out in St.Charles didn't they.
I was a member there too, for a year, not bad for a grass field.
I think the F-18 I'm looking at comes without servos. Since I don't have a good strong 91 or 80 size to throw in it, I can't spend the $400 or so it's going to take...today.
I might build a pusher in a .25 size overpowered with a .40.
Then step up to it when the economy is better on my paychecks!
Thanks, jw
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The club that was in Creve Coeur was the "Spirit of St. Louis" club also known as "The Spirit's Club". They moved to St. Charles. St. Louis R/C has been in the same spot at 141 & 21 (Tesson Ferry) for the past 15 years. They are moving the field to Eureka, MO out by Six Flags. The current land owner is turning our field into a rock quary, but we'll get to fly there till the end of the year. St. Louis R/C's web site is http://www.slrcfa.com if you want to see what it looks like.

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