FMS and Rochobby have built a name for themselves over the years as a staple in the scale foam-aircraft market. Their models tend to be heavy on details and easy on the wallet. This new offering continues this trend and is a great addition to their lineup. The F-18 is constructed out of molded foam that is prepainted in gray from the factory. In the kit, you will find everything you need to get your 70mm F-18 into the skies, with the exception of a transmitter, receiver, and flight battery. Retractable landing gear, scale cockpit, 70mm 12-blade fan and motor, speed control, and all required servos are included.
All control surfaces arrive 100 percent prehinged and ready for flight. The hinge lines are molded into the foam and are reinforced with pin-style plastic hinges, which produce smooth movements and durability that should provide years of service. This F-18 is loaded with scale details, including functional flaps and Cnc-machined aluminum electric retracts. Everything arrives preinstalled and wired, so all that is left for you to do is to connect the proper wires to the correct channel on your receiver and you are ready for flight.
The F-18 is a fairly sleek airframe with a relatively small wing. This makes for a plane that glides well as long as you keep the air speed up. The stall wasn’t too abrupt or unpredictable. This plane is designed to go fast and look good doing it. Low, fast passes are a thing of beauty and will be sure to draw attention at any field. The sound of the included fan/motor combined with impressive looks and speed make for a plane that presents well in the sky.
With its incredibly high amount of prefabrication and assembly, the FMS Rochobby F-18 goes together quickly. I was able to assemble this model in an evening, and with the exception of the decals, everything was done and ready by bedtime. The decals just needed to dry and set overnight. The build was easy, and the only step that required glue was attaching the horizontal stabilizers; this just required a small amount of foam-safe medium CA. In reality, I don’t think Rochobby could have made this one any easier to complete.—jason Benson