An excellent parkflyer sized EDF foamie made from well moulded and crash resistant (EPO) foam. The F-18 EDF jet comes plug and fly ready right out of the box and will take you around 45 minutes to set up. Included is a 20A ESC and small yet powerful 50mm brushless ducted fan system, plus all servos are pre installed so all you only need to add is your own receiver to complete this model.
Check all wing for twist, trailing edges and leading edges even, does it balance left/right is one wing heavy. Make sure battery and wires are all on the left side. Give it more left elevator up only by a bit. You do have to throw these little jets quite hard and fast up at about 30 degree to get good air speed. Check cog to.
Hi Herman for the transmitter an receiver you can choose what you want from the menu categories under Radio and Receiver..for charger you can use digital charger for Lipo..battery just follow the advise from the product specification..
Any TX or RX would do. If you are going cheap the oragneRx TX and orange RX receivers will work. But you would want to get a better system such as futaba or spektrum, which in the long run is better than cheaper stuff. Unfortunately this would not make a good 2nd aircraft. It reaches extremely high speeds which are easy to over control and since its a jet, if you stall near the ground there is no prop wash over the tail to bail you out. Jets generally are not great 2nd aircraft, they are good aircraft to look into after you've flown at least an aerobatic aircraft or a faster wing. For the best results avoid flying this one before mastering aerobatic or fast aircraft. Good luck!
800 mah will be not much different than 850 mah but make sure you got 3S 20C.
Nano tech is lipoly batterai which uses more filn layer inside it in my understanding.
As for the cherger, you shoud get digital one for longer charging cycle.
hey guys, hope you can help me with this...
recommended 850mah battery, what if i use 800? how does it affect the performance?
and whats the diff between lipoly and nano tech batteries?
and what charger should i use? i dont need a portable charger for outdoors, just a normal home-plug kind...
help would be greatly appreciated thanks!
This plane was my very first EDF, in fact i purchased it before I was even very good at flying. It flies very well and is not too crazy. It does handle well and can be capable of these maneuvers once your more comfortable with it. Also, if you have a radio with dual rates you can tame down the throws this way, or you can move the control rods to dial back the throws, but as stock, you should have no problem if you can fly ok.
It turns like any other jet. Just bank and yank the elevator for it to turn. The F-18 doesn't have rudders but it can still turn well, keep some power in those turns. How much experience do you have? This is a fast jet, should be flown with care. Good luck!
I love all these SkyAngel jets. I added the ailerons on the F-35 first* then on the F-18 I didn't. The ailerons definitely ended up not being worth the effort. Linked surfaces seems cheesy at first but ultimately, that's how it's designed to fly, so it really does handle better that way...
i want to buy this plane, and a spare boddy.
i am using a stdandard hobbyking tx/rx 6ch.
and a turnigy accucell charcher.
and a 850 mA NANOTECH battery.
will this work properly?
or do i neet some other things, or spare parts.
iwant to make sure that i am doeing everything wright.
as i am building the plane, do i need to use hot glue(like some other planes), or special epo foam glue?
and i see that my link isn't working, i mean this battery: Turnigy nano-tech 850mAh 3S 45~90C Lipo Pack.
will this work with the plane, if the plane is stock?
and you sad that it wil work if it is a 3s or 4s.
but does this plane work with a 4s without burning the esc?
sorry for my english, i'm from the netherlands.
and this would be my first plane, thats why i'm asking all those questions
No problem:). Have you had any other airplane experience? The RC jets are generally harder to fly than others. The flight depends on speed. Once it stalls, control is lost until you can recover. I would strongly recommend you get a 3ch high wing trainer and work your way up to the jet. Its not that easy flying a jet. Once you are comfortable flying 4 channel faster prop aircraft, then you can step up for a jet. Good luck! You will need a 30A ESC for 4S. Also hot glue might not work as well as gorrilla glue or JB weld. The battery you put works well too. Overall save this jet for later until you can fly high speed prop panes. Then get the jet and have fun:).
I modified mine this way and the added weight really affected the flight characteristics, you have to add 2 servos, plus a servo reverser for one elevator, and glue weight. I wasn't happy with it. In all honesty, I would leave the elevon setup as its much lighter and simpler. The only reason I see to switch is the option to wire flaps or spoilers, really no other difference.
Do a search for Turnigy Servo signal reverser on hk , they sell it for $2. You should try just tailerons, take the pushrod off the ailerons and fly with just the tailerons. My F-22 flew a lot better without the ailerons mixed in. Those ailerons caused more drag and would drop the nose during turns.
well i maidend her today and all i got to say is.. awsome!!!!!
one of the best 50mm jet i have. with the 50mm alloy edf and 30amp esc and using a 4 cell 1000mah , the thing is a rocket.!! would recomend the setup im running ..
You only need a 3 channel, the channels are
You need either a TX that you can mix elevators and ailerons, otherwise you will need to use an on board Elevon or V-Tail mixer.
??? rip of during flight it mean that you did not glue it properly... i have the same unit and pulling high manuver ,... did not have any problem .... use any hinge and ...use paperclip for the rod.... anyway that is what i did in my elevator...
It is very important to remove the blue paint on the areas were the wing and other parts are to be glued to the fuselage. If not you are basically just gluing paint to paint, and that is no good. I just tape to remove paint, a bit of work but I have had no problems, 100 flights.
I realized what I had done wrong, that was not what I was asking... All I wanted to know was what control horn and pushrod to use. Neither of you answered my question. If anyone knows what control horns and pushrods THAT HOBBYKING carries that will work l, it would be appreciated. As I stated in the original question. I fixed the plan, I just need the pushrod and control horn.
I doubt if you'll fit a 1300mAh pack in without having to remove so much foam that it will affect the structural integrity. I am running a nanotech 850mAh 3S pack, and still had to remove a little foam to fit it. These smaller jets are a fair bit more sensitive to things like throws and CG, And the wing loading would go through the roof, so I don't think I would try it myself.
I agree, probly a bit big, i run the Nano Tech 1000Mah no worries.. had to remove a little foam but structure is still perfect.. Replace both servos (mine were very poor and caused a couple of crashes) i use 2 of the HKSCM12-510g digital servos, its been perfect ever since.. going to try the 4800kv motor in it soon for more power... lol..
Righto Charles.. LOL...
1300mah 3s 20c measures 81 by 36 by 21 and weighs 115g and discharges at 20c with short 30c burst and you get 5 min flight..
1000mah Nano tech which measures 77 by 35 by 17 and weighs 79g will constanly discharge at 25c with burts at 50c.. and still get 5 mins flight.. Hmmm.. lets think... more power, less weight, same flight time, no fit problems, no cg problems.. and less than $1 more per battery..
Steven's a liar guys! Its $2 more not LESS than $1. The Turnigy fits snugly without any foam shaving and you can slide it in or out to gauge the CG and with a 5 minute countdown timer I have plenty of power for a landing.
Liar?? really?? got the pricing info of HK's web site Charles. i had to remove a little bit of foam to get the nano tech in, lownfast said he had to remove a little to get 850mah in, would have though a bigger battery (also got the sizes from HK site for both batteries)would require the same if not more. yes you can adjust the battery position to fix any cg issues, i never questioned that.. so chill out mate, just trying to help a fellow pilot out with my experiances..
So am I Steven! Originaly I put my Parkzone 11.1 1300mah battery in this plane(it fits too) but its $23.99 at the local hobby shop so I went looking for the same dimensions on HK and found the Turnigy with the same dimension costing(pay attention stevo)$8.99, as compared to the Nanotech $10.61. You made me out as a liar(and Iam telling the truth to help out a fellow pilot) and you proved yourself one by this site.
Charles, You must be a FREAKIN Retard... LMAO!!! Please read carefully and slowly so it sinks in.. I never said you were a liar, and i am certainly am not 1, i never said the 1300mah wouldnt fit the aircraft, just a lighter, higher c rated battery might be a better choice.. i'm sure if you go back and read the posts start to finish (a couple of times if you have to) you will realise this.. just incase you dont understand what i have written before, READ THE POSTS AGAIN!!! Not sure how you got any lies from any posts about this subject, so just stop for a minuite, think about it, read the posts again if you have too, even have a discussion with the voices in your head.. im sure they will agree that i didn't say the 1300mah wouldn't fit..
Anyway i've wasted enough time on weirdos..
You said "and less than $1 more per battery" you simpleton! And you insinuated that a battery measures "81 by 36 by 21" cant possible fit because you had to "remove a little foam but structure is still perfect" for your precious Nanotech. Its up there where everyone can see it sister! Name calling huh? Iam not gonna stoop down to YOUR level but talk about the pot calling the kettle black. (Ancestors of lunatics):)
I have to agree with Charles on this one. I was on the fence but the name calling was uncalled for. It was insinuated that the Tunigy would not fit and the prices do have a discrepancy from what was said and whats on HKs site.
Thanks Jack, I was only trying to help a fellow pilot but instead my answer is made a mockery without knowing all the facts and in all reality both batteries would work just fine. Really appreciated it. Say how do I get a cool profile picture like that?
Mine came without wheels. You'd be better of hand-launching and belly landing it. But for that you need to really, really make sure your battery is placed right for the PERFECT center of gravity. You also may want to use low rates for the first flights so that the plane doesn't over-correct when it starts rolling after the hand-launch.
I bought 2 of these jets from BH before I found HK, It flies insanely stable at both high and low speed. Keep speed up in turns. It's tough as nails I crashed my 1st one to death into trees nosed in from a loop at full speed and everything just hot glue gun it and toss it back in the air. If anyone wants pictures to see just how mangled it can be and STILL fly reply to me and I'll show you. I just bought a F16 hope she flies as well. Aplus buy 1
I have right now 3 of these nano jets. The F-16 The AMX And the F-18.
For me by far the F-18 wins the race.
It does not only look for it's small size so very scale, but it also flies very nice. Forgett the included landing gear. Forget the included rockets which brake by each landing more and more and add unnecessary weight.
Fly it like it is! It is fast and stable but dont give it to much throw on all surfaces..this plane due to it's small size is very agile and will respond to every single movement even with 50pcnt expo. However it is a great flying aircraft!
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Package arrived in good condition contents as indicated. Nice looks with an easy build. Assembly manual confirms elevators should move opposite to ailerons with double sided control horns but only single side horns suppied. Also no connectors on battery or ESC so 4 stars from me, still with a smile. No flight opportunity yet but looks and feels like a winner.
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Plane arrived in good condition. The quality of paint is very poor. The servos look ok and the EDF push enough. The wings didn't went well when i put it together. The battery compartement was to small even for the battery they gave. So i had to cut in so foam. I didn't try it yet but for the moment the construction part didn't went well. Disapointed about HK but the price is so good !
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Top looking plane, paint on mine looks v/good, intend to fly mine as a belly lander and bombless, very happy (again) thanks HK .