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Old 02-20-2008, 01:14 PM
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Default Yellow Aircraft F/A-18C Twin (Two Engines) KIT Full Build BUILDER'S Thread

We're embarking on the journey of a full-build of this kit and wanted to share. Please keep contributions on-topic and specific to the KIT BUILT version or at least the Twin-Engine version. We're happy to hear what did you did differently, and what modifications you like, as long as they are universal or apply to a twin-engine installation. Thanks!
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i'm looking forward to this. I'm about to pickup a used one in a week or 2, and am debating on converting it to twin turbine use or not.
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Built the Y/A F-18 about five year ago with two Ram 1000 s, Hitec servos on all surfaces, and 2 Jettech 100 oz fuel tanks. It has the functional air brakes, Yellow's scale retracts, RTI pipes, and a Blue Box pilot ready to go. Total weigh is 47 pounds wet. Hope to put it in the air in May.

I just had to have a twin-turbine powered plane. In hindsight, I wished I had opted for a single 36 to 45lb thrust turbine. Had I done so, the plane would have had numerous flights by now.[&o]
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David,

Why have two engines kept you grounded? I've seen video of a twin Ram powered Hornet flying and it was amazing. I was involved in Kenny Falconer's project and the flight performance with two P-120s and a good pilot at the sticks was OUT OF THIS WORLD. This one will have two 120's or two Titans. We anticipate a wet weight somewhere near yours.
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Looking forward to this thread, even though I am building a single turbine version of the F-18 twin.
Always great to learn something from the way others build.

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Jeff,

Your build has a lot of universal (to the twin and single) application, and you're building from a kit--so bring it on!
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Will do, my friend.

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Hi YellowAircraft,

I lost interest in the plane, so the engines were pull to use on a Eurosport, MB 339, Boomerang XL, etc.
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Ah!

Okay. That makes sense. Well, get back interested!
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A little off topics, I know. Forgive me.My wife bought me a cockpit kit for the F-18.

This one is from Dan Gill at details4scale.com. It is available lighted (mine is, but didn't have a battery handy).

Thanks to my lovely wife for a great gift!

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Jeff,
Why is your f-18 pilot barefoot?
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lol......I had a bit of trouble sliding him in the cockpit with his boots on. His boots have since been modified so that he fits with them on.

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that's a good looking cockpit. thanks for posting pix.

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Jeff,
Why is your f-18 pilot barefoot?
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Because if like me he's Country Ya'll know what i am talkn bout!
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Silence!!!!

let's keep this build thread on track!!!!

Harumph...booly booly booly


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is that GW for a pilot? or some other brand??
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Silence!!!!

let's keep this build thread on track!!!!

Harumph...booly booly booly



[&o][>:]

Buck, go do some of that pilot s!#t....
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Jeff,

What's something like that cost? Without the boots, of course...
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the devils playground is alive and well today amigo.....poopy wx[]

let's see some more pix!!!!

cheers
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Only the USMC F-18 pilots fly'em barefoot. The Navy pilot's feet get cold without boots on. Lol

I had asked Dan Gill awhile back, and the UN-lighted cockpit is about $300. I don't know how much the lighting option adds. With the boots, it'll be a little more expensive. Like I said, gift from my wife, and she's not tellin.
It is GW, and does not come with the cockpit.

Damn, I KNEW someone was gonna call me on the barefoot pilot! lol
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a little black shoe polish and none would've been the wiser.

LOL
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A number of years ago I'd say 8 to 10 someone had a two seat modified yellow F-18 at Superman. Looked kickass! I believe it was someone in or around the Tom Robertson camp. Your work is completed and you can work on the scale gear placement if you find the right guys! Call Jerry @ Promark maybe he can remember. A call to Toms hobby shop might help too. Don't know the name of his shop though.

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Hey fella's, I just picked up a slightly used and damaged F-18 twin. Its an older polyester version w/ the newer carbon reinforced wings (unbuilt). The main question i have is.. I'm planning on stuffing twin Ram750+ 's in their that i'm buying from shaun. I've got some 1/16" carbon fiber "dragon plate" (http://www.dragonplate.com/ecart/categories.asp?cID=3) Question is. should this stuff be strong enough to strengthen up the original 1/4" ply bulkheads. I'm thinking 2 layers (one either side of the bulkhead) on the forward former, and a "doubled" former in the rear. Whats everyones' thoughts on this? Also, where's the best place to get some bypass' for those 750's besides BVM.
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Hi,

I'll snap some pics and show you what I did. On the other thread, there's some good stuff for the single-engine installation, but on the twin, the twin inlets get in the way of a carry-through across the lateral span of the fuse. Basically, 1/16" dragon plate on either side of the bulkhead is probably enough, but I've got 1/8" in carbon plate on either side, aeropoxied and bolted. The spar receivers are encircled with a 1/4" ply doubler that won't allow the receiver to wiggle or move at all.
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