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

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F/A-18C Hornet "Base Gray" with 9-Blade 90mm EDF Jet from Freewing - PNP - FJ31421P

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 - PNP
  • 9-Blade EDF power system (installed)
  • 3748-1750kV outrunner brushless motor (installed)
  • 130A ESC with EC5 connector (installed)
  • 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

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04/06/2020
Clint S.
United States United States
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Awesome EDF

I bought this model after having the F4. Obviously assembly was a breeze and setting up the plane went pretty quick. The only issues I had were with the elevator servos. The left servo was seized and the right was completely inop. I connected both directly to the reciever and verified both were defective. Motion RC customer service sent replacement servos under warranty immediately. With the elevator issue corrected everything else was great. I am using Admiral Pro 6000 packs. I use the CG suggested by pilot Ryan that is a little forward of the book location. This still puts the battery almost as far back as it can go, nearly touching the mix box. The planes flies very nicely. Its fast but will slow down and remain predictable. I am considering the 5000 pack to save the +/- 100 grams, I think the weight savings will give better performance and only slightly less flight time. I am only flyimg 3 minutes. I must be heavy on the throttle because 3 minutes leaves my battery cell voltage at 3.7. I fly on grass that is mowed but not "manicured" and the ground has some rough spots. Taking off requires a little more of a roll in order to allow the plane to accelerate through the grass. The gear is stout and seems to handle the surface well. Nose gear is a little soft and may cause an occasional bounce, just be mindful not to try to rotate early if that happens, just control the nose with a little elevator to dampen. Overall a great plane. Very forgiving.

RA
03/08/2020
Rachel/Jeff A.
United States United States
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Very happy with this jet

Cant wait to fly it awesome jet great quality as always from motion

GS
03/06/2020
Guy S.
Luxembourg Luxembourg
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F18

Use it as a good base for modelling an F18c swiss air force with airbrush and callie graphics decals loiks great Hope for more gray base jets

Guy Storn verified customer review of Freewing F/A-18C Hornet Base Gray 90mm EDF Jet - PNP
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02/19/2020
Christoph
Austria Austria
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Great airplane with some issues

The model arrived well packaged and unharmed, the foam is very dense and the finish is superb. After taking everything out of the box, I began to assemble the plane. The build is straight forward and it's a matter of nothing more than a few minutes. While putting everything together it became apparent, that the quality of this model leaves much to be desired. The issues with this model are well documented online, so I'll only report on the problems that I encountered on mine. One of the wing mounts was installed the wrong way around, so the supplied screw didn't go in all the way. I solved this problem with a different hex screw and a nut to press on the wing. The first batch of this plane had a problem where the elevator mounting plate wasn't properly glued in. Because I got mine about 6 months later, this was already addressed on my plane, however due to this they pressed the plastic plate in a little too hard, because the foam right below it became soft. I smeared some CA around the edges of the plastic plate for additional support. The pockets for the ball bearings are too large and leave a lot of room for play. I shimmed the ball bearings with sheets of paper cut to size until there was absolutely no play left. I ditched the elevator servos because I didn't trust them to withstand the stress they would be exposed to. I replaced them with different servos with a lot more torque than the stock ones. Out of curiosity I took one of the stock servos apart and found out that there are 2 plastic gears inside. Not really what I expected as the product description mentions metal gear servos, not hybrid gear. The MCB-E (blue box) comes with most of the wires already hooked up, however I chose to bypass the blue box. There are three reasons for this: I read about the issues that come with this unit, including servo jitters, servos getting stuck, etc. I disliked the delay on the retracts. And most importantly I like to set up each function individually, which is why I'm using a Futaba R7008sb with a S.BUS adapter. According to the manual the cg is located 88mm back from the wing root, so I set my plane up to be in balance at this exact spot. The first flight proved that this location is way off. The plane became so unstable during landings that I'm lucky she's still in one piece. For the next three flights I moved the battery closer to the front. It was still tail-heavy, so I moved the battery a good bit forward, but then the ESC leads were too short, so I had to make an extension. For my next flight I chose to test the cg location that pilot Ryan mentions in his video on Youtube. Now she flies like a charm. Thrust is pretty bad, maybe the high performance version will have this problem sorted out. With flaps and gear extended at a low angle of attack things can become dangerous quickly if you mess up an approach because there's barely enough power to accelerate and climb in this configuration. Now to the positive things about this model: The landing gear is fantastic, it can really take some hits. The main gear was a little too stiff for my liking, so I took out the springs and shortened them by two windings. The shocks didn't compress very well, so I used some WD-40 lubricant to make them operate smoother. Now the shocks absorb the energy very well, which helps reduce bounce on landings. Even grass is not an issue for the landing gear, even though I wouldn't recommend taking off and landing on a grass runway. The high rates from the manual are a very good starting point, with the low rates the plane felt sluggish. I went with 100% on the ailerons, everything else I kept from the recommended throws. For the flaps I went with 40% and 80% with an up-elevator mix of 2.5% and 5% respectively. With these settings the plane will stay neutral when the flaps are deployed. Flying the F/A-18 is an absolute blast. It's a very agile plane and very much capable of what the full scale jet shows off at airshows and even more. Power consumption is pretty high though, after about 4 minutes of flying with mixed gas the 5000mah battery is pretty much empty with 20% charge left.

Christoph verified customer review of Freewing F/A-18C Hornet Base Gray 90mm EDF Jet - PNP
JV
02/11/2020
Jean-François V.
Switzerland Switzerland
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Magnifique kit ,imposant et réaliste

Livraison rapide et parfaite avec même le liens pour obtenir les dernières modifications du fabriquant ,il reste a l'assembler et le peindre selon son choix

NM
01/08/2020
NEVILLE M.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
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The real top Gun

Of all the Freewing models I have owned this is the real deal. The detailing is to a new level and the new power units also. I have finished in VFA 102 COLOURS of the Diamondback unit . Not flown it yet as our flying patch is under a inch or so of water here in England at the present time. I will submit a flying report in the English spring. Thanks for the prompt service that is MOTION RC!!!!

MO
12/07/2019
Matthew O.
Australia Australia
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Freewing F/A-18C Hornet

Fantastic service. Delivered in 8 days to Australia

MR
12/04/2019
Michael R.
United States United States
F/A-18C Hornet "Base Gray" 90mm EDF Jet

I love the F/A-18C Hornet! I had the awesome privilege of working on the hornet when I was in the Navy. This product looks like the real thing. The only problem I had was installing the wings to the fuselage. The mounting points did not line up. But with the awesome support and guidance from Motion RC support team I had a very successful repair. I can't wait to fly this aircraft. Thanks Motion RC! Keep up the great work.

SL
10/31/2019
Samuele L.
United States United States
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Soon maiden will be done ..

Bla bla bla bla bla, specially bla bla bla bla also bla bla bla ! Just get one and have fun ! Better way to be when something to rc . Thank you Motion ! As usual .

Samuele Lucchese verified customer review of Freewing F/A-18C Hornet Base Gray 90mm EDF Jet - PNP
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