FRCFOAMIES F/A-18 Hornet

Discussion in 'FRCFoamies Plans' started by Boxermad84, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. F1wanabe

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  2. gibby1117

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    This part was a chore to cut out, but when you're building a plane designed to be score and fold perfection, tis necessary

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    Trying foam tac and drywall tape for carbon spar placement for a change

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  3. Boxermad84

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    Nice work gibby, that is a bit tricky to cut out, sharp blade will help out. Looking good!

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    Yes, that's where the gold is- In that piece right there! Get that right and the plane comes together beautifully. I took the time to cut it then opened up another adult beverage and pondered it for a second, then went to work.

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    Gotta say, it's really exciting watching these mysterious looking pieces coming together as I go!

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    Looks great gibby!

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    Where I left off last night. Got so caught up in how $&#@ing awesome this thing looks, that i forgot to run electronics... oops. Lol. That's gonna be a fun fix.

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    Haha, I did that too! It looks so nice you don't want to stop building! It's a little more difficult to run the motor extention cable once it's buttoned up (I did it using a 5mm arrow shaft as a guide) but you can run it easily as long as the bottom piece is off.

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    Wow, gibby! Looks awesome, I've done that a few times when building, just get carried away. How did you find the build? Any bits you struggled on?

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  10. Airflow

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    Wow! neat and clean gibby, close to the next step now, you're a "speed" builder.
     
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    Thanks, Jay! I wish I'd made a note between slides 3 and 4 in all caps that said "MEASURE FOR EXTENSIONS AND RUN ELECTRONICS!" Haha! Looks like it'll take 1.5' of 3.5mm ESC extensions, and 1' of servo extensions just to be safe.

    It's a beautiful plane to put together! The hardest part is slowing down and not getting too excited because of how awesome it looks as every piece comes together. This is just the most beautiful plane I've ever built. Absolutely as scale as it gets using score and foam.

    The only things that got a little challenging were:
    • The plate that had the nacelles, but if I had just looked at Gregs pics on the 2nd or 3rd page of this thread, that would've been no issue.
    • Where to cut a channel through the nacelles for the servo leads
    • And that the bottom plate shouldn't be on until I've run all the wires.

    As far as the build itself, I'd call it intermediate at least. Weaving some of the bigger parts together (like the main upper fuse) proved a bit of a challenge - I broke the top of the turtle deck off in the process, but that didn't prove to be a problem. But the diagrams that are on the plans are fairly straightforward :) If you're patient and go slow, you shouldn't have any problems. The electronics do take some forward thinking on the builder's part.
     
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    Gibby, I'm glad you mentioned the patience part! You are exactly right. A few pauses to reflect on the next step makes all the difference. Hopefully future builders will read through your points and learn from them. I'll post the few points you made again with pictures.

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    Just before closing and gluing it back together after surgery to run wires. Happy w the way it turned out. Lesson learned, lol. Slow down, plan ahead.

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    Speaking of planning ahead... Greg, Jay? CG? Can't find anything about it on the plans or in this thread. Am I overlooking it? I know the rule of thumb is 30% back from the leading edge at the root...

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    I'll send you a copy of the finished plans gibby, I think you had a pre release copy that didn't have cg on it.

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    Hey jay in one of the pictures of the f 18 it looks like you have laser cut control horns,I'm wondering where did you get them/ how did make them and do you sell them
     
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    We have all forgotten the electronics in a build because of the planes looks at least once. You feel really special once you have to make the plane look worse to install the electronics. ;):rolleyes:
     
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    Yes, they are our frcfoamies control horns, not many people have asked for them and they work out more expensive that plastic horns. We could add them to our website if more people are interested

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    Cool. I have always used the ones from Grayson hobby but these look better because of the 2nd hole. I would definitely buy them with foam tac.
     
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    Ok, I'll get some ordered soon

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