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Freewing F/A-18C Hornet "Base Gray" 90mm EDF Jet - ARF PLUS

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F/A-18C Hornet "Base Gray" with 9-Blade 90mm EDF Jet from Freewing - ARF PLUS - FJ31421A+

Version Info: This is the ARF+ version for pilots who wish to install their own power system. All primary electronics including servos and landing gear retracts come pre-installed, just add your own power system (EDF, motor, and ESC) to begin flying.

Over ten years ago, Freewing began developing their first American 90mm EDF, the F/A-18E Super Hornet. Made of EPS foam and sporting a plastic five blade fan, that model was one of the first 90mm PNPs to demonstrate Freewing’s dreams, and it set the stage for their evolution. Having partnered with us at Motion RC for the past seven years, we’ve all been humbly privileged to expand the Foam EDF Jet’s place in the RC hobby and earn the business of customers worldwide. Thank you for your continued feedback, excitement, and trust!

To celebrate Freewing’s Eleventh anniversary, we are proud to announce an all-new 90mm F/A-18C Hornet, complete with all the latest features common to modern era EDFs in our Super Scale series. Be sure to save a summer slot for the Freewing F/A-18C, the quintessential 90mm Hornet on the planet!

  Visit the Official Freewing 90mm F/A-18C Hornet Discussion Thread on HobbySquawk.com for additional photos, videos, reviews, and customer Q&A.

Features:

  • This is not a V3, but a completely new design/variant from the ground-up
  • F/A-18C “Legacy”, the world’s first C variant 90mm PNP
  • Efficient and powerful 90mm 9-Blade EDF
  • 6S 5000-6000mAh lipo can easily achieve 4-5+ minutes of managed flight time (see our video in the video tab above)
  • Manufactured with durable and quality EPO foam, not EPS
  • Complete screw-together assembly without the need for any glue
  • Scale outline, including open vents between the fuselage and intakes, and downward angled wingtip rails never before seen in a foam F-18
  • Completely concealed elevator servos and elevator control hardware for less drag and clean scale outline
  • Full coverage plastic undercarriage doors
  • Aluminum suspension undercarriage
  • Trailing link struts
  • Low visibility rudder servo placement
  • Low visibility flap servo placement and geometry
  • All-new plastic Fowler flap arm hinges to mimic those on the real F-18
  • Removable plastic-tipped magnetic nose cone
  • Removable wings with QD wing harness
  • LED lighting on nose strut, chines, and dorsal
  • Large battery bay for battery, MFCB, and gyro
  • Sharp and shallow panel lines in sensible areas without reducing overall scale effect
  • Pre-molded wing station to accept Freewing’s MWS plastic slot system (aftermarket pylons, ordnance, 3DP, Runcam, etc)
  • Quick Service servo plates on the wings and vertical stabilizers (screws, not glue)
  • Plastic lined coaming to resist bubbling under the canopy
  • Plastic tipped nosecone, capped intake lips and wingtip rails with pre-installed MWS slot
  • Plastic nozzles with two-tone metallic paint job

Includes:

  • Freewing F/A-18C Hornet "Base Gray" 90mm EDF Jet - ARF PLUS
  • Electronic retractable landing gear (installed)
  • Servos, LED Lights (installed)

Requires:

Product Specifications:

AGE LEVEL : 18 and up
SKILL LEVEL : intermediate
BUILD TIME : 3-4 hours

Model Scale

1 : 11 Scale

Wingspan

1034mm / 40.7in

Length

1500mm /59.05in

Empty Weight

2640g / 93.12oz (w/o battery)

CG (Center of Gravity)

88mm (3.4") from the leading edge of the wing at the root

Power System

6S 3748-1750kV Brushless Outrunner Motor

Electronic Speed Control

130A, EC5 Connector

Propeller / EDF

90mm 9-Blade EDF

Servos

9g metal gear digital standard with 500mm lead : nose gear steering
9g metal gear digital standard with 300mm lead : left aileron, right aileron
9g metal gear digital standard with 100mm lead : left flap, right flap
9g metal gear digital standard with 150mm lead : left rudder, right rudder
17g metal gear standard with 100mm lead : right elevator
17g metal gear reverse with 100mm lead : left elevator

Landing Gear

Electronic retractable main gear and steerable nose gear with all metal shock absorbing struts

Required Battery

6S 22.2V 5000-6000mAh LiPo with EC5 connector (required)

Required Radio

6 Channel (required)

Ailerons

Yes

Elevator

Yes

Rudder

Yes

Flaps

Yes

Lights

Yes

Hinge Type

Nylon Reinforced

Material

EPO Foam

Skill Level

Intermediate/Advanced

Build Time

3-4 Hours

Recommended Environment

Outdoor, 150+ foot paved runway or short manicured grass

Product Videos

Product Spare Parts

Product Questions & Answers

NOTE: Questions submitted on this page are answered by customers who have previously purchased this item. If you have a support related question that requires immediate assistance, please visit our Help Center.

Product Support

Product Manuals:

Product Updates:

  • July 18, 2019 - CRITICAL ACTION : Please read this Technical Service Bulletin for the Freewing 90mm EDF F/A-18C Hornet before attempting to fly your aircraft.

 

If you need any additional assistance, please visit the Motion RC Help Center

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07/15/2019
Thomas S.
United States United States
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Great plane and a keeper!

The plane has excellent quality and is a great flyer. I think Freewing has had a bad lot of servos in the F-18. My ARF+ had stab servo ratcheting when the stab was moved and the right flap ratcheted without any control inputs. I replaced the stab servos with spare parts from my FW F-15 and the flap servos from my FW A-4. The servos worked perfectly and the plane flew without a problem. I also bypassed the blue box except for lighting. I really like this plane but make sure you test all the servos with a tester for at least 30 minutes. I appreciate all the effort MotionRC and Freewing put in these planes and will be a customer for a long time! The plane is a keeper!

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06/29/2019
Brandon M.
United States United States
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Beautiful Class act EDF Jet

I have been working on mine to give it a new livery color face lift. Haven't finished yet...so I can't report on flight statistics...yet. But it's overall form, fit, and finish is exquisite and a work of art. Well engineered and all top class components and electronics. Yet another Top Gun classy EDF from Motion RC and Freewing. Brandon Moon

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06/25/2019
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F/A-18C Base Grey PNP

Well thought out plane, great foam quality and finish and scale details, such as the flap system, antennas & probes. Very sturdy landing gear, improved stabilator mounting hardware, spacious batter compartment and mounting plate that be unscrewed for some cable management. Would have been a 5-star review if weren't for the piece of junk called the MCB-E/MFCB/"Blue Box" integrated control board. Bought a PNP and ARF Plus, lost the PNP from an un-commanded roll & yaw, and the ARF Plus ailerons failed on the stand. Taking it out of the equation, the aileron servos worked as they should, plugged into the control board and it was a disaster waiting to happen.

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