assembly starts by gluing the nose piece to the fuselage. I used
the supplied glue for this step.
decided to use 5-minute epoxy to glue the wing in place. It dried
hard and fast which allowed me to hold it until the epoxy set.
The servo arm hole needed to be drilled slightly larger with a
1/16" bit to accept the Z-bend end of the control rod. I
added my own rubber keeper to help hold the plastic clevis in
servo control line was then connected to the fuselage extension
and I sealed it in place with some clear shipping tape. I add
a small piece of yellow trim tape to complete the "Y"
in the decal.
horizontal stabilizers were glued with 5-minute epoxy. They fit
on the fuselage in a way that was self-aligning.
there were no screws left to attach the control horns, I glued
them in place with epoxy after first sanding the bottom side.
Perhaps you were only meant to use two screws per horn on the
ailerons but the manual wasn't clear on this issue. Like before,
I added my own rubber keepers to help secure the clevis to the
the two elevator servos are connected to a Y-harness going to
the receiver, I assumed that the black servo on one side was normal
direction and the other red servo was reverse direction. In any
case, they worked fine once tested.
gear was pre-bent and ready to screw into place. The steerable
nose gear (controlled by the rudder channel) was held by a set
screw against a flat spot on the metal rod. I used thread locker
to help keep it secure.
likely paint the powder blue plastic areas with royal blue for
a closer match to the fuselage.
Exceed F/A-18C was originally designed for a 3-cell LiPo battery
pack but now ships with a higher voltage & capacity 4-cell
LiPo pack for more power. Please be aware that while the included
ESC can handle the extra voltage and power, the BEC on board the
ESC can not properly handle the higher voltage under all loading
conditions. If you purchase this model before February 2009, you
will have to supply your own BEC to fly this plane safely with
the 4-cell LiPo pack and disable the BEC on the included ESC by
removing the red center BEC pin on the connector that plugs into
the throttle channel. I used a Castle Creations CC
BEC from Tower Hobbies for my external BEC. The CC BEC supply
lines needed to be soldered to the ESC battery connector and then
plugged into the receiver.
I fly in a high RFI area, I cannot use the supplied single-conversion
receiver so I swapped it out with a Spektrum AR6100
2.5GHz receiver from Horizon Hobby. Since I am using a Spectrum
receiver, the programming wire pin was removed from the CC BEC
before plugging it into the throttle channel.
using the supplied 72MHz Exceed R/C receiver, remember to route
the antenna wire along the outside of the fuselage toward the
rear. My F/A-18C model came with an Exceed R/C 4-channel ST*E001
transmitter and an 8-channel ST*E002 receiver on channel 50.
Exceed F/A-18C was Ready-To-Fly at 32oz (2lbs) including the 8oz
4s LiPo pack. I measured 500w at 35amps which will provide a strong
250w/lb performance. It was time to test fly!