Saturday, 15 January 2011

Starmax F/A-18E Super Hornet

Starmax F/A-18E Super Hornet

(Photo: Defense Industry Daily)

My first EDF Kit. Not a big fan of the Super Hornet but this birdie is quite the floater and lands easy. ROGs are a handful as the landing gear rods are weak though the wheels are okay - most fliers I know will hand-launch it. I even have a "sleeping" pilot in there to assist!

Here's a little more - this beautiful livery is a commemoration of 20 years of service in the Canadian Air Force. Canada originally bought 128 “CF-18s” from 1982-1988, but accidents and retirements have reduced the fleet to about 103, with only 80 upgraded F/A-18A/B aircraft operational. The Hornets are expected to be phased out between 2017 – 2020. The F-35 is likely to be the replacement.

Technical Data
Wingspan: 710mm
Length: 968mm
Weight: 730g

Motor: 4800kv
EDF: 64mm
Battery: 1300mah 3S1P 11.1v
ESC: 40A
Servo: 5 x 9g

: 9
Performance: 7
Aerial Ability: 7
Design: 8
Overall: 8

Bonus Info: Started in 1978, The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a supersonic, all-weather carrier-capable multirole fighter jet, designed to dogfight and attack ground targets (F/A for Fighter/Attack). The F/A-18A is the single-seat variant and the F/A-18B is the two seat variant. The improved F/A-18C is the single-seat variant and the F/A-18D is the two seat variant and are the result of a block upgrade in 1987 incorporating upgraded radar, avionics, and the capacity to carry new missiles. The single seat F/A-18E and two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornets carry over the name and design concept of the original F/A-18, but have been extensively redesigned. The Super Hornet has a new, 25% larger airframe, larger rectangular air intakes, more powerful GE F414 engines (from Wikipedia).

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