Freewing F/A-18C Hornet Blue Angels High Performance 90mm EDF Jet - PNP
F/A-18C Hornet Blue Angels High Performance with 9-Blade 90mm EDF Jet from Freewing - PNP - FJ31413P
Version Info: This is the High Performance version of the Freewing F/A-18C Hornet Blue Angels. This version includes a powerful 3672-1900kV inrunner motor with 9-blade fan and new full digital metal gear servos for elevators and flaps.
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 Blue Angels Discussion Thread on HobbySquawk.com for additional photos, videos, reviews, and customer Q&A.
- NEW! Now includes a powerful 3672-1900kV inrunner motor
- NEW! Full digital metal gear servos for elevators and flaps
- NEW! Reinforced and improved elevator assembly process
- 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
- Blue Angels livery with factory-installed primary markings and un-installed tail number/BuNos
- Freewing F/A-18C Hornet Blue Angels High Performance 90mm EDF Jet - PNP
- 9-Blade EDF power system (installed)
- 3672-1900kV inrunner brushless motor (installed)
- 130A ESC with EC5 connector (installed)
- Electronic retractable landing gear (installed)
- Servos, LED Lights (installed)
- 6 Channel radio - select a minimum 6 channel radio from our Radio Collection
- 6 Channel receiver - select a minimum 6 channel receiver from our Receiver Collection
- 6 Cell 22.2V 5000-6000 mAh LiPo battery with EC5 connector - we recommend the Admiral Pro 6000mAh 6S 22.2V 50C LiPo Battery with EC5 Connector
- 6 Cell compatible battery charger - select a minimum 6 cell (6S) charger from our Charger Collection
|Model Scale||1 : 11 Scale|
|Wingspan||1034mm / 40.7in|
|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 3672-1900kV Brushless Inrunner 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 digital with 100mm lead : right elevator
17g metal gear digital 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)|
|Hinge Type||Nylon Reinforced|
|Build Time||3-4 Hours|
|Recommended Environment||Outdoor, 150+ foot paved runway or short manicured grass|
Product Spare Parts
Product Questions & AnswersNOTE: 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.
- September 12, 2019 - Download this free 3DP STL (.zip) file for the OEM Front Instrument Panel (Credit to Hobby Squawk member Elbee).
- 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.
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Great flying plane so far! Had 5 great flights on it! Had a close call on landing as one flap servo didn’t come down but was able to land without damage. Hopefully that doesn’t happen again.
Outstanding EDF Jet! But you'd better know what you're doing. This EDF flies much better with a heavy pack. I use the stock 6s setup with a 6000, or spektrum SMART 7000 pack. Flights with the lighter 5000 pack were a bit more twitchy and not as smooth when coming in to land especially if there's a bit of wind. The 6000 & 7000 6s packs allowed the plane to settle nicely and hold its glide path when coming in to land. Half flap landings are sweet! It enables a bit more control and slow high alpha on the flare. If using full flaps, I recommend only when you're straight and level on final approach. Full flaps in turns is doable, but keep in the forefront of your mind that full flaps get the plane very slow in a turn, the nose will lag without rudder or aileron/rudder mix, and it will lead to a stall if you don't keep the speed and power up, so to be safe, save the full flaps for the final approach and flare prior to touchdown. There is PLENTY of room under the battery board for the receiver and blue multi-function control box (MCB). I used double sided tape on the receiver and the MCB was held in place by the pressure of the considerable amount of wiring when pressed under the board. Once you have those two items under the board you'll have oodles of space for the monster 7000 MAH battery, or even an 8S setup. 90mm CoG is ideal and about a 6 - 10 elevator mix with flaps half and full respectively. Those having problems with the power output of the stock setup may not have calibrated their ESC, because I'm having no problems hitting 118 mph straight an level and 148 mph coming out of a dive. I use the Spektrum GPS for ground speed telemetry data. Nevertheless, you can't go wrong with more power and I see Motion just came out with a new high performance in-runner PNP kit. Bottom line is fly with a 6000+ pack and save full flaps for straight and level flight/ final approach and you won't be disappointed.
I purchased the gray version of this F/A--18C around 4-5 months back. I swapped out the stock ESC yesterday and added dual 4S 30C 4000MAH lipo' s in series using an 8S 120 amp capable ESC. This ESC may be on the light side for amp draw, but I used it with the stock motor/fan combination that comes with this plane and it worked fine with mixed throttle. The stock motor seemed to hold up just fine from what I could see. I'm from MN and temps were in the 20 degree range, so this may have helped to keep the motor cooler than normal. Only time will tell if it will hold up, but I plan to keep flying it this way. I didn't radar gun the new setup, but I would guess it may have added a 15-20 mph increase in straight line speed over the stock setup. It was noticeably faster. Dual 4S 4000 MAH is almost identical in weight to a single 6S 5000 MAH, so COG and balance point were identical making it a pretty simple upgrade overall. Just the swap of the new 8S capable ESC was the only change with the new lipos. Will try to update if the stock motor holds over time. Again, I used mixed throttle with multiple high speed passes for the first flight.
Awesome can’t wait for spring
Great looking plane. Easy and quick to assemble. Not flown yet because of winter weather. A few cautions. The notice to remove the elevator servos to check for wire insulation damage can actually result in damage to the wire insulation because of the tight fit of the servos in the plastic supports. A redesign of the elevator servo mount is recommended. Also, the rudder servo connectors should be better protected to prevent spray paint from entering the connectors.
This plane looks very nice on the shelf, but does not perform well in the stock configuration. Aircraft way too heavy.
Es una buena maqueta facil de montar y bonita de volar. Ojo con los servos, pueden venir defectuosos.
I love this jet , I got it PNP . I haven't took it out for that "workout' because it's gotten cold out an I don't want to rush it anyway because im going to want afew days to play with it to see what all I need to do to fit my style of flying .bso she's setting an waiting on me ...so again Thank you guy very much . Keep doing what you are doing because I'm very happy for what you guys bring to the support of this Hobby we all love somuch .
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