Joe Vincens hand-launches the Hornet.
It can also take off from the ground.
HOBBY LOBBY F/A- 18 HORNET
IT WAS EVIDENT
RIGHT AWAY THAT
I HAD BETTER
AND TURN THE
BEFORE I LOST
SIGHT OF IT
In the Air
A very low-cut grass field or nicely paved runway surface will serve
the airplane well. With the motor throttled up to max power, I was
surprised how short the takeoff roll was. I was also happily surprised that with minimal back pressure and full power, the airplane
was able to perform a nice straight-ahead climb.
General Flight Characteristics
STABILITY Stability is good and there’s no sense that the plane is
unstable, even at slow speeds.
TRACKING The F/A- 18 tracks very well, as do all jet designs. The
steerable nosewheel helps keep the model online during takeoff
AEROBATICS It was evident right away that I had better throttle
back and turn the airplane around before I lost sight of it. It took
very little time to accelerate and with eyes like mine, this airplane
can become a small speck in no time. Overall performance is good.
The ailerons have more than enough authority, as does the elevator.
Rolls were crisp and immediate. Basic aerobatics can be performed
AILERON ± 3⁄ 4 in.
ELEVATOR ± 3⁄ 4 in.
GLIDE & STALL
RADIO Ki 4-Channel transmitter
and 8-channel receiver
MOTOR 15L inrunner brushless
BATTERY 3-cell 11.1V 1300mAh
PROP ducted fan unit (installed)
power performance is what
you would expect from an
airplane with such a light
wing loading. A stall recovery
requires just a bit of power to
get the wings flying again. In
a glide and approach to the
runway, you can keep the descent rather shallow. If you come in too
steep without power, you may run out of elevator. I found that the
best way to land the airplane is to keep the nose up and power it in.
The airplane has little tendency to roll at high angles of attack. If
you keep the power somewhere near 30 percent and keep the
wings level, you can spot land all day.
In all, Hobby Lobby has another great airplane for the jet set market. It looks great and exhibits superior performance. It was a true
pleasure flying this F/A- 18 and I look forward to many more great
flights. See you at the field.
ages. To remedy this, I removed the installed
wire from the fuselage and ran a single wire
connecting the two bellcranks through the
servo arm in the fuselage. This eliminates
two control linkages from the system and
helps stiffen the control response. It takes a
little work with Z -bend pliers, but the end
result does a better job of bringing the
ailerons back to center after they are
deflected. Turn on your radio system and
center the ailerons and the servo before
tightening the set screw to lock the linkage
Once the battery is charged, it fits nicely
in the forward compartment under the
belly. Be sure to turn on your transmitter
and set the throttle stick to idle before connecting the battery. There is no power
system on/off switch so use caution when
powering up your model. Test each of your
controls and verify the center of gravity balance point as noted in the instructions.
If you’re looking for an extensive winter
build project, this probably isn’t it. If you
are looking for a quick-build EDF jet with
superb flying characteristics and amazing good looks, this is definitely what
you’re looking for. I used to think bigger
is better, but this EDF F/A- 18 from Hobby
Lobby has changed my mind. I can’t
believe what I’ve been missing all these