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Old 10-09-2017, 08:48 AM
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I have been flying the PNP F-18F for a few months now and it is a blast! Will put a full review up soon when some of the video is out. I totally recommend this machine.
Thanks! Please post a link to your review on this thread in case some of us miss it....
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The F-18F starts at 50 min. Powered by K-160, spektrum AR20310T 20 channel receiver and cortex pro gyro.



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It flys like a larger size model, very stable and predictable . Recommended CG works great for smooth takeoff, and main gear spring setup is very stable for crosswind on takeoff and landing. All the bad habits that F-18s are prone to have been taken care of by BVM.
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It flys like a larger size model, very stable and predictable . Recommended CG works great for smooth takeoff, and main gear spring setup is very stable for crosswind on takeoff and landing. All the bad habits that F-18s are prone to have been taken care of by BVM.
"Really" credit were credits due, William Ke had been flying and developing this Jetlegend manufactured F18 in China and has had "many" successful flights including partial and full spin recovery tests with all videos availabel online resulting in the well behaved aircraft you see now for a "long" time before they showed up in the USA under the BVM label.
We can of course give Boeing compeat credit for the fantastic full size jet fighter, good solid USA reliable engineering.

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It flys like a larger size model, very stable and predictable . Recommended CG works great for smooth takeoff, and main gear spring setup is very stable for crosswind on takeoff and landing. All the bad habits that F-18s are prone to have been taken care of by BVM.
Jim,

if that is you flying that F18 you did an amazing job! Can't wait for your full review. Looks like another solid winner from BVM.
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Jim,

if that is you flying that F18 you did an amazing job! Can't wait for your full review. Looks like another solid winner from BVM.
Well flown, you certainly showed the F18F good handling and put it through its paces, I know its very light but you have plenty of power from that K160.
I had an early SM F18 that was heaver and slightly smaller many years ago and just about every one of those hard turns would have been perhaps its last before it left the flight enverlope!
Not once did the JL BVM one bite on those hard turns, and it has real presence in the air very impressive, well done.

Here are some links to videos made by William over in China to whom we can thank for its early development way back in Feb 2015.
He had the pre production F18F to develop without a gyro for Jetlegend BVMs new partner and iron out any bad habits before it was available for export.

Test flight 1

Test flight 2

Knife edge

Spin test

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Great piloting! Thanks for posting the video. I have had my eye on these for awhile and even had a chance at one of the Diamondback 18's BVM had in stock a few months ago. I had a SM and flew the heck out of that before selling it. I may get one of the BVM 18's in the future. I have a question about the finish. Is it typical JL shiny paint in the mold? I don't care for that on a military scheme other than display jets like the Blue Angels. Also any report of if there is any issue with the rods or structure inside the stab? I recall sometime back with various JL planes that people reported balsa blocks in the stab instead of hardwood and missing anti rotation pins. I have to think with BVM backing this jet that some extra engineering has taken place. How are the pneumatics? Are they leak free? I really like this jet.
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Just watched the video again. What a great demonstration of the handling qualities of the jet! MY SM flew great but overall did not handle anywhere near as nice as the BVM appears to. I am left feeling that I should have pulled the trigger on this jet when I had the chance at the in stock kit. I wonder what the turn around time is on these when ordered through BVM and shipped right from the factory.
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Great piloting! Thanks for posting the video. I have had my eye on these for awhile and even had a chance at one of the Diamondback 18's BVM had in stock a few months ago. I had a SM and flew the heck out of that before selling it. I may get one of the BVM 18's in the future. I have a question about the finish. Is it typical JL shiny paint in the mold? I don't care for that on a military scheme other than display jets like the Blue Angels. Also any report of if there is any issue with the rods or structure inside the stab? I recall sometime back with various JL planes that people reported balsa blocks in the stab instead of hardwood and missing anti rotation pins. I have to think with BVM backing this jet that some extra engineering has taken place. How are the pneumatics? Are they leak free? I really like this jet.
Dustin has nothing but good things to say about it.. Says it's the best kept secret in jets. I completely agree on the shiny finish.. I'm guessing a flat clear over the whole airframe would take care of that.. I've been holding out until the Blue Angels release the Super Hornet paint scheme, but I may not make it that long.. LOL. I'm stuck between this and the DerJet F-35A to be honest.
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Impressed with how it flew in the vids. Bvm/ jetlegend are producing some good PNP jets I’m looking forward to see what they bring out in the future!!
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I'm the same way but can't swallow the Der Jet price for an 80-100 sized airplane. If I sprung for the F-18, it would be the smaller one in the exact color scheme that Dustin has. Supposedly, the new PNP Bandit Evo is coming out and rumor has a new PNP T-45 but haven't seen anything on that.
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Bandit EVO will be $5199 according to BVM's Facebook page.. The F-35A is $3800 + shipping, including the gear, pipe, etc.. I like it because it's different.. there just won't be many of them out there.

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I like the Blue Angels colors and that would solve the shiny finish problem. What is a Bandit EVO?
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I like the Blue Angels colors and that would solve the shiny finish problem. What is a Bandit EVO?
New PNP Bandit..
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I'm the same way but can't swallow the Der Jet price for an 80-100 sized airplane. If I sprung for the F-18, it would be the smaller one in the exact color scheme that Dustin has. Supposedly, the new PNP Bandit Evo is coming out and rumor has a new PNP T-45 but haven't seen anything on that.
A PNP T-45 will be cool... Im guessing it will be the old small jetlegend size or hopefully a nice 160 size would be great. Im really hoping they will do the 1/8th F15B as a PNP!
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The JetLegend version is found here: Jetlegend

after the BVM crew does their magic, I bet it would be a great flier
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F 35 pnp!
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The JetLegend version is found here: Jetlegend

after the BVM crew does their magic, I bet it would be a great flier
Would be good if they done a small and a large version like the F18
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Has BVM proposed a release date for the larger F-18C? Was almost ready to pull the trigger on a 1/5 F-16 till I saw this thread. I imagine the price point will be around or slightly higher than the F-16? Excited to see them producing more PNPs.
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They have a small F86 coming out too
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Can someone who has one measure the width with the stabs attached?
id like to check if it will fit in the car with them attached.
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While someone is at it, can I get the height of the fins when it is on it's belly like resting on foam?

Thanks!
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We've got one here for the past year and all I can say it's a winner ,we installed a P-180RXI and flew it at 145N thrust setting . Flew great , today it's set to 175N and the airframe handles this power setting perfect . The landing gear itself is a work of art and easily takes less than perfect landings ( high sink ratio ) ��

I have a question. i have a scale 1/8 jetlegend f18A kit and i wonder of the scale gear of the f18f would fit. Could you maby measure how big the gearbay is from the f18f. Thank you .

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I have a question. i have a scale 1/8 jetlegend f18A kit and i wonder of the scale gear of the f18f would fit. Could you maby measure how big the gearbay is from the f18f. Thank you .

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unfortunatly it wont unless major modification to the internal wood structure of your existing kit .. you see , the new gear works like the full size in manners of retraction , actuators , locking mechanism etc .,so there is no single retract unit to which a strut is attached to ... its an entire unit with retracting cylinder , locking cylinder etc . Look at JL website they have a picture of their new landing gear unit to further understand if it can somehow fit into your airframe .
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unfortunatly it wont unless major modification to the internal wood structure of your existing kit .. you see , the new gear works like the full size in manners of retraction , actuators , locking mechanism etc .,so there is no single retract unit to which a strut is attached to ... its an entire unit with retracting cylinder , locking cylinder etc . Look at JL website they have a picture of their new landing gear unit to further understand if it can somehow fit into your airframe .
I've seen the pictures on the jetlegend website, and my plan is to modifie the inside of the f18 kit if the gear would fit without mods on the outside if you know what i mean. But therefor i need to know if there is a lot of size difference between the f18a and f18f gearbay opening. Can you help me with that? Kind regards Geoffrey
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