FMS F/A-18F

Electric Flight - - AIRMAIL -

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

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