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Old 10-04-2018, 05:40 PM
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Great vid! Trust me fellas you’re gonna love it and won’t stop smiling for a few days
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Old 10-05-2018, 09:50 PM
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I flew the single engine version today at Best in the West.. It has a K-310 in it I think Rob said.. it doesn't need that much power but it's sure fun to have it!

In short.. it felt like a trainer in fighter's clothing to me.. It's a VERY easy airplane to fly, ESPECIALLY in the landing pattern. Overall it's a wonderful airplane. I took off in about 250', cleaned it up, and started feeling it out.. Its a very 'point and shoot' airplane. It just goes where you point it. Heavy rudder application does show some coupling in point/slow rolls, but it's not terrible and easily managed. Speed feels really good visually, but being so big, it's deceptively fast. The coolest thing about it in flight is when you really grab pitch, it drags its tail around just like watching a full-scale Hornet.. but the part that really blew me away was the landing pattern.. As I approached mid-field at about 50' up, I dropped the gear and started an easy turn into the downwind, dropping takeoff flaps in the turn.. Once it was stable on downwind, I dropped full flaps, and added about 1/2 power to maintain level flight at a reasonably slow speed.. As I started to turn base/final, I pulled power to about 1/4 and let it descend slowly. Rolling out on final, you can make small power adjustments to control the descent rate while holding the same pitch attitude. At no point does it feel mushy, or give any indication that it will do anything dumb. At about 5' I smoothly pulled power to idle, and just pulled a little more pitch to slow the descent until the mains touched. The gear just soaks up the landing.. It lands very slowly for such a big airplane.. Honestly, If I had a way to transport an airplane this big, I'd have one in Blue Angels colors as fast as BVM could get me one.. It's an amazing airplane!
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Old 10-07-2018, 07:46 PM
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I watched the BVM team put a few flights on this large F-18 at BITW. Stunning aircraft. Slows down to a crawl for landing. Looks easier to fly than the 1/7.75 size. Definitely a must own plane!
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Old 10-07-2018, 08:11 PM
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I got to pull the sticks a bit during BITW and the plane survived. Rob is an artist behind the sticks and seeing him fly the Hornet was a highlight of the event. What a plane and pilot!

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Old 10-09-2018, 12:18 AM
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Both F-18s looked good at Best in the West. I ordered the Super Hornet from Patty while at the event. Blue Angels #7 paint scheme. My buddy Walter Colby got great video from both and he will be posting shortly.
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Old 10-11-2018, 08:02 AM
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Here's Rob Lynch doing his thing out at Top Gun last May. This is probably one of the best flying F-18s I think I've seen!

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Old 10-17-2018, 01:11 PM
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Couple links

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My smaller one including a crappy landing lol, was already a minute over timer so was rushing to get her on the ground.

And Rob flying the 1:5.5 scale
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:32 PM
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Lots of great flying! I really enjoyed the 1/5th L-39, what a nice airplane.
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Old 10-18-2018, 06:27 AM
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Those Hornets are awesome! I can't wait to get mine. 1.5.5 Blue Angels number 5. Nice flying Reever45!
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Old 10-18-2018, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by AndyAndrews View Post
Those Hornets are awesome! I can't wait to get mine. 1.5.5 Blue Angels number 5. Nice flying Reever45!
Awesome Andy! Looking forward to seeing it next summer.
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Originally Posted by Reever45 View Post
Couple links

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My smaller one including a crappy landing lol, was already a minute over timer so was rushing to get her on the ground.
My friends and I attended Best of the West on Saturday as spectators. We really enjoyed your flights. You flew it like a real F-18. We also liked that you did several flights throughout the day. What are you running for an engine? It seemed like the perfect set-up.
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Old 10-18-2018, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Jet20 View Post
Here's Rob Lynch doing his thing out at Top Gun last May. This is probably one of the best flying F-18s I think I've seen!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYvrYg7SCLM
Rob flew this really well.. sweet aircraft!!
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Originally Posted by Veltro View Post
My friends and I attended Best of the West on Saturday as spectators. We really enjoyed your flights. You flew it like a real F-18. We also liked that you did several flights throughout the day. What are you running for an engine? It seemed like the perfect set-up.
​​​​​​Thanks, it really is a nice flying jet!. My home field is at 5000' so i decided to go with a turned down Kingtech210, the recommended 160 would be fine at sea level. I wanted to have the same power available at my altitude as those flying at lower elevations. Even with the 210 turned down i was only at full throttle a couple times, takeoff and a couple other times.
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Old 10-25-2018, 03:02 PM
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I have a question for the forum has anybody ordered a BVM PNP F-18 1/7 scale after June 2018 and received it?
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:19 AM
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Question for leemkl06- I followed your lead on converting smoke to fuel and changing out fittings. I have all 3 tanks reinstalled and plumbed and am ready to re-join the fuse halfs. Question is how did you get the top hex head back in? Only way to access is by doing it prior to upper tank install. And upper tank must go in before 2 saddle tanks. How or what did you do?
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:20 AM
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:30 AM
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The top bolt for joining the halves? It goes in from the nose section side so tanks shouldn't be in the way. Top and bottom bolts are both that way... it's the bottom that's kind of a pain
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Old 11-11-2018, 10:56 AM
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Can't wait for mine to come in. Turbines are waiting in the box!
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Old 11-11-2018, 03:49 PM
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Yes! you are very right. I was afraid that I would be pulling tanks out again. I disassembled this thing over a month ago and forgot how it went back together!
Thanks for the reply
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Old 12-03-2018, 10:45 AM
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Question for you 1/7 PNP owners. Did yours come with linkage covers for both ailerons and flaps? Mine came with 2 piece clamshell type covers for flaps only.
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