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    Skymaster F18D Hornet twin build

    Received my F18 from Drik at https://www.pacificrcjet.com/

    It came over with a container so I saved a bunch on shipping. Very impressed with it so far. My goal has been to have it ready for Florida jets. That only gives me 4 weeks to have it airworthy. I will try and just do a basic build to get her flying then will add all the scale details after FLjets before I take her to TopGun. Should be a very scale flying plane.

    This one will be powered by 2 Kingtech K180s. I already installed one on some custom mounts I made and while its tight it fits. I also ran it with the rear of the plane staying nice and cool with the rear mounted engines. I have Tams very nice nozzles on the back. Click image for larger version. 

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    Looking forward to this build .. you did such an amazing job on the Strike Eagle!

    Dave McQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by ww2birds View Post
    Looking forward to this build .. you did such an amazing job on the Strike Eagle!

    Dave McQ

    Thnx Dave!

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    Already painted the mains white. Doing the nose gear now. The gear is a work of art! When done will add markings from tailormade decals on the gear then weather the gear.

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    If anybody knows how the canopy mechanism works please feel free to chime in......

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    Nice looking scheme hoping to build one some day if they fix the main tires.
    One of my complaints about SM is they don't listen, I mentioned the main tires are not correct. He said he would have it looked at but doesn't seem to have fixed yet.
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    Subscribed! Fender, I wonder if you could find different tires in that diameter to suite your liking. Did it have a lighting package installed?
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    gunradd, would a bigger (scale) wheel fit into the wheelwell?

    And does the deplaning link actually operate? Does the wheel axle pivot with respect to the lower strut when the gear retracts?
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    Nice!
    RAVjets Demo Team. All We Do Is Fly.

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    Got the canopy figured out.... The factory installed the entire mechanism backwards... If they included instructions for this it would have been easy to fix.

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    Looking forward to the build! I assume that since you're using 180s, your engines won't be in the tail?
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    Because I was inverted!!
    Jeti DS16/24, Kingtech Turbines and a garage full of flying machines...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_matt View Post
    gunradd, would a bigger (scale) wheel fit into the wheelwell?

    And does the deplaning link actually operate? Does the wheel axle pivot with respect to the lower strut when the gear retracts?
    Matt I'm willing to bet it's for looks and not functional. That thing would be a liability on a model. If you lose one on the real one ....whoooo weeeee ( insert Indiana jones short stuff voice ). Hang on lady you going for a ride. Probably not optimum at our scale of operation.....but who knows SM makes some pretty fancy gear these days.
    work work work ......livin the dream

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubd View Post
    Looking forward to the build! I assume that since you're using 180s, your engines won't be in the tail?

    They will be in the tail... VERY tight but fits.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunradd View Post
    They will be in the tail... VERY tight but fits.Click image for larger version. 

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    Very cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_matt View Post
    gunradd, would a bigger (scale) wheel fit into the wheelwell?

    And does the deplaning link actually operate? Does the wheel axle pivot with respect to the lower strut when the gear retracts?

    Matt yes it does all function. Pretty crazy gear. Laki does amazing work.
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    That's fantastic!!! Be sure to check that planing link religiously before each takeoff. Like I said, as soon as you go weight on wheels you will have a hard time correcting the immediate and violent yaw in that direction. The full scale had a mandatory arrested landing upon discovery,whether it be a Light in the cockpit of the failure or by the pilot upon landing.

    Great looking bird can't wait to hear your impressions of the build / flying.
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    Hey gun looking at the picture above with the gear closed would it support a larger wheel without hitting skin? Will you have this at MS jets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FenderBean View Post
    Hey gun looking at the picture above with the gear closed would it support a larger wheel without hitting skin? Will you have this at MS jets?

    Only hitting the Florida events and kentucky this year. Want to do bestinwest but wouldn't bring this monster with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunradd View Post
    Only hitting the Florida events and kentucky this year. Want to do bestinwest but wouldn't bring this monster with me.
    Yeah im limited this year due to a move coming up myself, any idea on the wheel space to the above question?
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    Kris,

    Why did you pick the D model over the E or F ?? Was it just you personal preference ( looks,ect. ) or is there something about the E/F that is of concern ?? Just wondering, I like the C also.. Blue Angels..


    Dan
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    Keith it looks tight. Don't think you can go much bigger and these tires I have are not fully inflated yet. When I get her done I will see what the options are. The brakes are cool on this plsne. It has 3 row disk brakes. I felt like I was working on a hawker trying to line up all the disk packs putting the wheels on.

    Dan no reason other then I like the C-D version looks. The E-F flies good when I saw jim flying his.

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    Great jet Gunradd. Looking forward to watching your progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunradd View Post
    Keith it looks tight. Don't think you can go much bigger and these tires I have are not fully inflated yet. When I get her done I will see what the options are. The brakes are cool on this plsne. It has 3 row disk brakes. I felt like I was working on a hawker trying to line up all the disk packs putting the wheels on.

    Dan no reason other then I like the C-D version looks. The E-F flies good when I saw jim flying his.
    thanks for the info, I think something that would help if they used the tires from the 1/6 scale f-16 they are not as round. I actually have a set from that im hanging on to see how they look on mine. Its just one of those things for me, hoping they can fix it.
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    Keith I agree I think if they just gave the main tires a larger side wall they would be fine.

    Will try and post some pics later. Moving along fast. Hardest part so far is getting the dam servo wires through the wings.... It took about 3 hours just to get the wires through. Also the instructions on their website suck and are not very clear on how to install the wing servos. Pretty sure my servo pockets where different from the ones in the manual.


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