The Exceed RC Jet Plane Jolly Roger F-18 EDF Jet will delight any military plane enthusiast, especially fans of the U.S. Navy Blue Angel aerial demonstration team. The Exceed F-18 jet looks like a miniature of the real thing and with a little practice, you can be pretending that your jet is in the middle of combat or perform aerial rolls just like the Blue Angels. There are a few tricks and tips to getting the F-18 to fly just right, though, so making some modifications may be necessary.
The Exceed RC F-18 jet has a power system of 70mm with a ducted fan unit and has a flying weight of almost 40 ounces.
The wingspan is about 33 inches and the total length of the jet is just over 47 inches. The jet is made out of EPO foam material to help keep it lightweight and the motor is brushless. The remote control has 2.4 GHz of power.
The box states that the jet is ready out of the box but in reality, there is some assembly necessary. Do not rush through the assembly process or you may end up with weak parts on the jets that are more prone to breakage or damage.
Jolly Roger F-18 RC jet plane Features
Larger than the traditional 64mm fan size RC jets, this F-18 RC jet comes ready to fly out of the box once you charge the batteries and perform the basic assembly, which is a benefit for anxious beginners and pros who can’t wait to get this beautiful jet up in the skies.
In addition, the 70mm fan makes a nice loud, realistic sound and can reach speeds of up to 140Kmh the first time the jet flies. The landing gear is made out of metal for extra durability and retracts, adding an extra life-like touch to the F-18 RC jet plane.
The throttle controls, elevator and rudder are fully proportional and the wing and fuselage are meant to make the aerodynamics even better and to perform similarly to the real F-18 jet.
There is no doubt that customers love the Exceed RC F-18 jet plane, with most users giving the jet four out of five stars. One user asserted that the jet is “…very fast” and that the metal retracts are worth the cost of the jet.
Another customer said that the Exceed F-18 jet arrived in great shape and was easy to put together, while another person simply called the Exceed RC jet “Awesome”.
People love how much fun it is to fly the Exceed F-18 RC jet and the fact that the jet is “beautiful” overall.
A professional RC pilot notes that the Exceed RC F-18 jet is “…very nice” and that for customers seeking a bigger RC plane with higher performance, “…this is for you.”
Another review asserts that the Jolly Roger F-18 RC EDF Jet is “…simply the best looking and most affordable EDF” on the market.
While customers love the
Exceed RC F-18 jet, as with any other RC plane or helicopter, users always want to make modifications to the jet to make it more stable, faster and better in general.
Here are some of the tips and tricks offered up by fans of the Exceed F-18 RC jet:
- Wait to fly the Exceed F-18 jet until there is not much wind outside or risk unpredictable flight or crashes
- Purchase some extra parts such as landing gear linkage and glue at your local hobby store
- Give the F-18 jet plenty of room for takeoff, lift and landing. You will need at least 10 feet, preferably more
- Consider adding other features to the jet, such as operational rudders for faster takeoff
- Check all the screws and other hardware and tighten firmly before flying
- Let the glue cure completely for several hours after assembly or repair for a strong bond, which will help reduce future repairs or breakage
- Scrape the paint off the jet surface prior to gluing for the best bond
- Upgrade to a 14.8v LiPo battery pack for more power but be aware that the original board on the ESC cannot handle this power, so you will need to obtain your own BEC if you upgrade the battery pack power
Most customers love the look and feel of the jet during flight but have some concerns about the landing gear. Make sure you have firmly attached the landing gear and checked the hardware before flight but you might want to visit your local hobby shop for some landing gear parts before you fly, just in case.
Watch the YouTube video for more information about the jet and watch the beautiful RC jet in action
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Customers love the presence of the F-18 RC jet in the sky. As one user describes, the jet “has everything you ever wanted”, including fast flying, powerful low-speed ability and the ability to perform aerobatics.
Since most RC airplane users cannot help but modify their planes, a professional notes
that the Exceed jet can handle “whatever power upgrades” you want to add. Just be aware that you may need to make modifications to the controls if you also upgrade the battery pack. Ask a pro at the local hobby shop for more information.
While launching the
Exceed RC Jet Palne F-18 with the remote control is fun and easy, you can also hand-launch the RC airplane for a different experience or if you are short on takeoff space.
If you really want to feel like a U.S. Navy Blue Angel, attach a lightweight video camera on-board before flight.
Remember that while the Exceed RC Jet plane is strong and beautiful during flight, any RC flying toy, jet or helicopter is vulnerable to the elements. Avoid flying during windy or wet conditions and give yourself plenty of flying room for takeoff, flight and landing. You may want to find an actual RC flying field for the best space and visibility.
You may also want to remember that the F-18 jet will fly differently at different elevations. The way that the jet performs at sea level is not necessarily the same way that the plane will work in the mountains. Consider adding more power to the jet if you live at higher elevations or want to get the plane moving faster or higher when working at other elevations.
Remember to charge your battery for several hours before you attempt flight, as your flight time will be even more limited if you do not have much charge in the battery pack.
Keep your Exceed F-18 jet stored in a cool, dry place when you are not flying in order to keep things in the best possible condition. You may want to stock up on spare parts from Amazon.com for quick repairs if you have a crash-landing, which is common for RC pilots of all skill levels, and keep some extra glue on hand as well.
Above all, remember that the Exceed F-18 RC Jet Plane may look like the real deal but RC planes can be very delicate if not flown in the right conditions, are mishandled or generally abused. Treat your beautiful F-18 RC jet like the nice piece of equipment that it is and you should get many years of flight time out of the plane.
Keep practicing to get those Blue Angel aerobatics down and spend time flying the jet at low speeds to achieve and maintain elevation. Remember that military pilots have hours and hours of practice and experience – with plenty of time, you will start looking like a pro flying your F-18 RC jet as well.
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