NEW 2017 F-18 V5 Official Thread

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  1. Shannon

    Shannon Administrator

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    XDmToter is right on and I couldn't have said it better.

    The new F-18 V5 is smaller than the V4 and much more dialed in performance wise carrying with it all the new technology that all the V5's have (streamlined build process, weight balance, dialed in controls, etc.). It has been tested with several batteries including the 1300 and the 2200 and is a blast to fly. Please see plans for suggested CG range but adjust according to your preferences and plane's weight.
     
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  2. Shannon

    Shannon Administrator

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    Hey thanks for the suggestions, we'll keep these in mind!
     
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  3. VenomKen

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    This looks so sick! Especially the Marine Red-Devil & Serpent paint scheme, and that final lift off just reminds me off the F-22 take off at airshows! Buying as soon as I can!
     
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  4. Jeriah

    Jeriah Top Gun

    From what I can tell it seems to be more streamlined, scale, and simple than your last version. The f18 V3 was my favorite but this one looks better.
     
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  5. rodgermoore2001

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    Do you guys have a package deal to get all the plans for all the planes? ive gotten v2 and v4 so far and would like to get v5 for a special price if i can?
     
  6. Shannon

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    That's a great idea. Send us an email and we'll see what we can do ([email protected]).
     
  7. infomatte

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    Well done, RC Powers, plans purchased:)


    Vanderlei
     
  8. Airflow

    Airflow Top Gun

    So nice Shan, Dave! I agree with Greg. "All the v5's seem so dialed in"
     
  9. TomMonton

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    ....'bout time you got here.

     
  10. Airflow

    Airflow Top Gun

    Thanks Tom, Yeah... Too much to deal with at work right now, soon (hopefully) more time at home than at work, now when the weather becomes more air-friendly when spring approaches.:)
     
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  11. e3_Scott

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    Hi Everyone -

    Starting to look very much like a Hornet now:)
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    Just need to leave it be for awhile to let all the glue finish curing before final shaping and sanding. The tails are just dry fit for now, those will get attached later on after most of the electronics are installed.

    Like all the other V5s I have built (Su-27, Eurofighter, F-22, F-16), I'm impressed with the low parts count and simplicity of build. Although the F-18 V3 is one of all time favorite park jets, I like the size of this one a little better as it should have less drag with a smaller wingspan and be capable of some pretty great aerobatics and speed.

    I will continue to putter away over the next couple days, weather better for building than flying, this will more than likely be my last build project of the winter, hope to maiden by the end of the week.:)

    Cheers,

    Scott
     
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  12. e3_Scott

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    Hi Everyone -

    Final sanding complete, starting to work on the paint:)
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    I adjusted the servo locations forward of the prop slot to concentrate things around the CG. Where the pin is located is the center of the black rectangle of the "CG spectrum" or the predicted neutral CG. From left to right, I will have the aileron, elevon and rudder servos in the appropriate holes shown.

    I decided to continue an experiment with lighter 5 gr nylon gear servos for the ailerons and rudders (the light blue servo in the picture above, from RC Timer). I have been using them with great success with my RCP Su-30 V4 which has much larger ailerons and rudders than the F-18 V5 and they have held up really well for over 100 flights on that plane:)

    Cheers,

    Scott
     
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  13. hstroisch

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    Downloaded and building this one. I've built all 3 versions when I get this one completed. Can't wait to compare them all. I'm excited. :)
     
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  14. XDmToter

    XDmToter Ace Pilot

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    Same here. I've used 5 gram servos on the ailerons and rudders and 9 gram servos for the elevons on the last couple 7 channel planes I built. I do still use the good old 12 gram metal gear servos on my elevon only jets though.

    Is that a KF-4 I see?
     
  15. e3_Scott

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    Yes, KF4 made with paperless Dollar Tree foam, the remainder of the plane is built with MPF.

    Cheers,

    Scott
     
  16. e3_Scott

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    Hi Everyone -

    One F-18 V5 ready to rock:cool: More pictures attached below.
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    My build -

    Built with MPF, KF4 airfoils from paperless dollar store foam. AUW with a 2200 3S battery is 20.2 oz/572 gr. I know that is a bit over recommended weight, but I used 4mm carbon rod for my two wing spars which adds a bit of weight, but makes for a super strong wing as I learned from the other V5s I have built.

    Power system - DYS 2208/7 2600 Kv motor, Master Airscrew 6x4x3 prop, Turnigy Plush 40A ESC, Zippy Flightmax 2200 3S 40C battery.

    Controls - two RC Timer 9 gr nylon gear servos for elevons, four RC Timer 5 gr nylon gear servos for the ailerons and rudders.

    I put some extra reinforcement across the back of the back plate in front of the elevon hinge line as well as in the vertical stabilizers.

    Other than adding KF4s to best suit my normal flying environment and flying style, I lowered the battery platform down somewhat to help with the "self righting" tendencies that I loved so much from the F-18 V3. As mentioned previously, I also moved all the servos forward of the prop slot to concentrate as much weight as I could close to the CG.

    This is where everything is located right now balancing on the dead center of the black rectangle in the "CG spectrum" on the plans. To be confirmed/adjusted as I get a chance to fly it.
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    For my paint scheme, I used an "arctic camo" for inspiration as I think it looks cool and the color combination has some personal significance to me from my Air Force career.

    For many years, I had a close working relationship with 441 TFS from when they flew the CF-104 Starfighter and for a long time when they flew the CF-18 Hornet before the Sqn was deactivated in Cold Lake, AB in 2006.

    The color of the crest worn by Sqn members is black and white as you can see on the tail here.
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    The official Sqn crest has a silver fox (also the Sqn's nickname from WWII) located in the middle, so I substituted the normal grey of the arctic camo for silver.
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    During my time in Cold Lake, I forged some very good friendships with the pilots and maintenance folks of 441 Sqn. Unfortunately, aviation by it's nature is a dangerous business and jet fighter aviation probably even more so. During the late 80s and early 90s, I lost three good friends who were all members of 441 in CF-18 accidents, so I have their names on my plane in tribute to the price they paid in serving this great country I am so proud to call home.
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    Anyway, thanks for indulging my walk down memory lane. I am excited to get her in the air, hopefully this Thursday:)

    Per Ardua Ad Astra

    Cheers,

    Scott
     

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  17. homey666

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    Hi Scott,

    What a fantastic job. Your tributes are top shelf as well. Class act, man.

    Peter
     
  18. e3_Scott

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    Thanks so much, Peter, much appreciated:)

    Cheers,

    Scott
     
  19. kjdubuque

    kjdubuque Ace Pilot

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    Nice looking build, as always.

    Kris
     
  20. e3_Scott

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    Thanks very much Kris, much appreciated:)

    Cheers,

    Scott
     
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