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    CJM 1/7th F-18E Superhornet Maiden

    I had the pleasure of finally finishing my CJM F-18 a few weeks ago. I worked on the kit sparingly for about two years; Event participation over the past years had me really busy. Thehornet has been redesigned by CJM, and it also lost a few pounds in the process. The wet weight is 53.5 pounds. The aircraft has a length of 109inches, and a wingspan of 80 inches, so it's a big boy.Stabs and Verticals are now detachable for ease of transport. CJM also designed a superbcapture mechanism on the stabs and verticals for ease of assemblyand disassembly. The newhornet is a vast improvment over the older version from a few years ago.I had the pleasure ofactually participating inthe layup process of the kit, and I'm reallyhappy tohave had the opportunity to do so.

    TheF-18 is powered bya Jet Central Mommoth, and thatis more than enough power for this big bird!Guidance is the new DX18QQ, and this combination makes fora great flying jet. First flight requirred absolutely no trimming period!The day went really well, and I'll enjoy the experience of flying this F-18for hopefully a long time. The highest appreciation to CJMfor such a fantastic kit! Pictures and a video areincluded in this post. Happy New Yearto all.

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    RE: CJM 1/7th F-18E Superhornet Maiden

    Looking good Lewis! [sm=thumbs_up.gif]

    Its 2013, start the count down to Ky Jets 2013 Looking forward to seeing the Hornet there!

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    RE: CJM 1/7th F-18E Superhornet Maiden

    Congrats Lewis on the new F18
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    RE: CJM 1/7th F-18E Superhornet Maiden

    Congrats Lewis! It looks awesome! Did they resurface the runway?!?!?!?!?!

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    RE: CJM 1/7th F-18E Superhornet Maiden

    The runway got new pavement, there are new taxiways, and the access road is being re-routed. I'll try to get an aerial shot of it all soon.

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    RE: CJM 1/7th F-18E Superhornet Maiden


    ORIGINAL: smitty1001

    Congrats Lewis! It looks awesome! Did they resurface the runway?!?!?!?!?!
    They sealed the runway, and put in a new taxiway to the west. The airportwas closed during construction, and we had the entire place to ourselves. Life is really good (LOL)!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    RE: CJM 1/7th F-18E Superhornet Maiden

    VERRRY Nice, Lewis! All the BEST to you and Dorothy for the New Year!

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    RE: CJM 1/7th F-18E Superhornet Maiden

    Gotta love the Split S manuever during a maiden flight . Congrats on the nice build!

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    RE: CJM 1/7th F-18E Superhornet Maiden

    Congrats on a successful maiden flight. Looking forward to seeing it fly at Kentucky Jets 2013.[8D]

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    RE: CJM 1/7th F-18E Superhornet Maiden


    ORIGINAL: HotelSierra

    Gotta love the Split S manuever during a maiden flight . Congrats on the nice build!
    He doesn't limit that maneuver to F-18 maidens.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EInnRANOm7s

    Looks great Lewis, and a fine job flying considering at this time of year the sun is low & directly in your eyes.

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    RE: CJM 1/7th F-18E Superhornet Maiden

    Awesome! Way to go Lewis!
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    RE: CJM 1/7th F-18E Superhornet Maiden

    Nice work Lewis! I hope my maiden on the 18 goes as well as yours.
    Silence is golden,,, but duct tape is silver.

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    RE: CJM 1/7th F-18E Superhornet Maiden

    Hello Lewis,

    Congrats to your maiden ! The F18 looks very good.
    Mine is still sitting in the basement waiting for its maiden, but you know, to much other projects
    The weight of my F-18F is 59.5 wet. The JC P200 should do the job.

    Lets see what happens in 2013

    Happy new year to you and your family

    Jens


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    RE: CJM 1/7th F-18E Superhornet Maiden


    ORIGINAL: Jet Jens

    Hello Lewis,

    Congrats to your maiden ! The F18 looks very good.
    Mine is still sitting in the basement waiting for its maiden, but you know, to much other projects
    The weight of my F-18F is 59.5 wet. The JC P200 should do the job.

    Lets see what happens in 2013

    Happy new year to you and your family

    Jens
    Hi Jens,

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    The good thing about the new kit is that it is much lighter. Plus the big Jet Central Mammoth doesn't hurt either (LOL)!
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