should have intermediate piloting experience to fly the F/A- 18. Taking less than an
hour to assemble, you can fly the plane the
same day you buy it!
The first thing you should do is charge the
included 3-cell LiPo battery with the
included charger. The F/A- 18 comes as a
completely ready to fly version including
transmitter, receiver, battery and charger,
and you can get it as an almost ready to fly
HOBBY LOBBY F/A- 18 HORNET
version that you supply your own radio gear
to (battery and charger included). The servos, brushless motor-powered ducted fan,
and ESC all come installed in both versions.
It takes less than 60 minutes of your time to
produce a great looking airplane that’s ready
to buzz the field at speeds up to 60mph.
Although the instructions are just a few
pages long, they contain as many pictures
as they do words. When attaching the main
landing gear, be careful not to push too
hard as you screw them in place. If you
push too hard, the nut plate will spin freely
inside the fuselage. Yes, I learned that the
hard way. When attaching the two fuselage
parts together, test fit the pieces first. For
this airplane, I used 5-minute epoxy to
bond each of the pieces together.
The servo arm installation is similar to
any other foam park flyer with two screws
holding them in place. This is the second
F/A- 18 from Hobby Lobby I have assembled
and flown in the last six months and both
had a bit of excess play in their aileron link-