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1/5.75 Scale Almost-Ready-To-Fly RC Jet
Assembly and operations manual
Spesifications
Type :
Scale :
Length :
Weight :
Radio :
T.A.V.S ARF PRO
F18CD 1/5.75
116.8”: (2968mm)
21—25 Kg
12 Ch ( 8—12servo’s)
F18EF : 1/6.25
Span : 78.3 ”: (1988mm)
Engine : 1 x 18-21 Kg or 2 x 10 - 12 Kg
The F-18 “Hornet” by Skymaster
The 1/5.75 F18CD produced by Skymaster is the result of years of R&D work and excessive testing. We are proud
that you have decided to buy the best ARF 1/5.75 F18 in the market today. We hope you enjoy your F18! Please
note that the photos show certain views from the prototypes. Some pictures will show F18F and some F18D! Some
modifications and upgrades might have taken place by the release of the model. We have tried to produce a very
scale replica of the Hornet. Many scale options are included with your model including operating canopy, speed
brakes, spoilers and ordinance kit. This manual describes the assembling of “ PRO” model. Opening canopy,
speed brakes, landing gear and doors are factory installed. Before you start building and setting-up your aircraft,
please make sure you have read this instruction manual, and understood it. If you have any questions, please don’t
hesitate to contact us. Below are the contact details:
Office Taiwan:
No.15, Min-San 3rd Street, Ren-Wu Area, Kaohsiung, 814, Taiwan, R.O.C.
TEL: +886 9 3299 7923
FAX: + 886 7373 1215
http://www.skymasterjet.com
Sales : skymaste@skymasterjet.com
Technical support : morne.m@pixie.co.za
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Assembly & Operation Manual
Index:
INTRODUCTION....................................................................................................................................... 3
DISCLAIMER..............................................................................................................................................3
WARNING…...............................................................................................................................................3
ARF PAINT.................................................................................................................................................4
FINISHING YOUR F16 ARF.....................................................................................................................4
HANDLING & TRANSPORTING ...............................................................................................................5
TOOL LIST................................................................................................................................................ 6
HEALTH…..................................................................................................................................................7
GENERAL ASSEMBLY TECHNIQUES..................................................................................................…7
RADIO EQUIPMENT & ACCESSORIES…………….................................................................................8
KIT CONTENTS…….……………...............................................................................................................9
OPTIONAL PARTS………………..……………….....................................................................................10
SLATS……………………………………………………………………………………………………………...12
FLAPS......................................................................................................................................................13
STABILIZERS...........................................................................................................................................14
RUDDER………....................................................................................................................................... 15
FUSELAGE REAR..………………….........................................................................................,,............ 16
FUSELAGE JOINT........………………………………………………………………………………………….17
FUEL CELLS…………………………………………………………………………………………………...…17
FUEL DIAGRAM………………………….………………………………………………………………………18
AIR SYSTEM .......................................................................................................................................... 19
AIR DIAGRAM......................................................................................................................................... 20
TURBINE INSTALLATION……………………………………………………………………………………....21
COCKPIT & CANOPY…......................................................................................................................... 22
EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION INTO THE F18ARF…..…...…….............................................................23
BEFORE YOU FLY.................................................................................................................................. 24
ORDINANCE……………………………………………………………………………………………………...26
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INTRODUCTION
Thank you for purchasing Skymaster arf pro F18! We have put a lot of effort and time into this model.
We at Skymaster strive to be a market leader in the ARF— jet market. We were the first company to
produce ARF—jets in the world and we would like to continue being amongst the best. Although we
have made every effort that this model was fit for shipping, we would like you to inspect the contends
and call your nearest dealer immediately if any defects or missing parts are spotted! This manual will
allow you to duplicate the factory prototypes.
LIABILITY
You have acquired a kit, which can be assembled into a fully working R/C model when fitted out with
suitable accessories, as described in the instruction manual with the kit. However, as manufacturers, we
at Skymaster are not in a position to influence the way you build and operate your model, and we have
no control over the methods you use to install, operate and maintain the radio control system components. For this reason we are obliged to deny all liability for loss, damage or costs which are incurred
due to the incompetent or incorrect application and operation of our products, or which are connected
with such operation in any way. Unless otherwise prescribed by binding law, the obligation of the Skymaster company to pay compensation is excluded, regardless of the legal argument employed. This applies to personal injury, death, damage to buildings, loss of turnover and business, interruption of business or other direct and indirect consequent damages. In all circumstances our total liability is limited to
the amount which you actually paid for this model.
BY OPERATING THIS MODEL YOU ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS.
It is important to understand that Skymaster, is unable to monitor whether you follow the instructions
contained in this instruction manual regarding the construction, operation and maintenance of the aircraft, nor whether you install and use the radio control system correctly. For this reason we at Skymaster
are unable to guarantee, or provide, a contractual agreement with any individual or company that the
model you have made will function correctly and safely. You, as operator of the model, must rely upon
your own expertise and judgment in acquiring and operating this model.
WARNING
This ‘jet’ aircraft is a high-end product and can create an enormous risk for both pilot and spectators, if
not handled with care, and used according to the instructions. Make sure that you operate your jet according to the AMA rules, or those laws and regulations governing model flying in the country of use.
The engine, landing gear, servos, linkages and control surfaces have to be attached properly. Please
use only the recommended servos and accessories. Make sure that the ‘Centre of Gravity’ is located in
the recommended place. Use the nose heavy end of the CG range for your first flights. A tail heavy
plane can be an enormous danger for you and all spectators. Fix any weights, and heavy items like batteries, very securely into the plane. Make sure that the plane is secured properly when you start the engine. Have a helper hold your plane from the nose before you start the engine. Make sure that all spectators are far behind, or far in front, of the aircraft when running up the engine. Make sure that you
range check your R/C system thoroughly before the 1st flight. It is absolutely necessary to range check
your complete R/C installation first WITHOUT the engine running. Leave the transmitter antenna retracted, and check the distance you can walk before ‘fail-safe’ occurs. Then start the engine, run at about
half throttle and repeat this range check. Make sure that there is no range reduction before ‘fail-safe’
occurs. If the range with engine running is less then with the engine off, please DON’T FLY at that time.
Make sure that your wing spar tube is not damaged. Check that the anti-rotation dowels for the wings
are not loose. Check that the wing, stab, fin and nose retaining bolts are tight. Please don’t ignore our
warnings, or those provided by other manufacturers. They refer to things and processes which, if ignored, could result in permanent damage or fatal injury. Secure the plane before starting engine.
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ARF Paint
The color finish on your Skymaster F18 arf pro model was applied out of the mold. We
have used only the highest standard automotive paints to finish your model.
Should you damage the finish, Skymaster stock the color paint and hardener required
for the repair. A good automotive spray painter should also be able to mix and supply
the correct samples for repair.
If you have no experience in the use of these paints, it will be best to seek assistance.
Do not leave your model unprotected in the sun! always cover your model or park it in
the shade. Extreme temperatures will damage the paint!
Finishing Your All White F18 ARF PRO
It is always best to fully assemble the model before painting. By doing so no damage
or glue prints will ruin the paint.
The all white model will have some release agent on the surfaces.
Use #1000 wet and dry paper to sand the entire model. Mold lines can be sanded and
filled using normal automotive fillers.
Please be extra careful when sanding near the hinge line! The hinges can easily be
damaged. When masking and painting please make sure the control surfaces are not
bend past 90—180 degrees extensively. This will cause the hinges to crack and may
cause flutter.
The clear canopy are not installed. It is best to install these components after painting
was done.
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HANDLING & TRANSPORTING
Composite models are very light but strong. These characteristics do have a down side!
It is brittle.
Take care when handling your model. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PICK UP AN FULLY FUELED
MODEL BY THE LEADING EDGE BY YOURSELF! The leading edges will crack and delaminate. Full size jets have specially marked access points for the hooks of cranes!
Inspect your model before and after a rough landing. Make sure all parts are safe and sound.
Inspect model before and after transport. A sudden stop can easily cause an unnoticed dent!
We recommend to REMOVE the elevators and wings for transport. It will only take a couple of
seconds.
The wings and tails are very flight worthy structures. They are light and extremely strong , however, they will dent if mishandled. Always support these structures on clean soft foam rubber.
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Tools and Adhesives
Tools etc:
This is a fairly quick and easy plane to build, for a jet model, not requiring difficult techniques or special equipment, but even the building of Skymaster aircraft requires some
suitable tools! You will probably have all these tools in your workshop anyway, but if
not, they are available in all good hobby shops, or hardware stores like "Home Depot"
or similar.
1. Sharp knife (X-Acto or similar)
2. Allen key set (metric) 2.5mm, 3mm & 5mm
3. Sharp scissors, curved type for canopy
4. Pliers (various types)
5. Wrenches (metric)
6. Slotted and Phillips screwdrivers (various sizes)
7. Drills of various sizes
8. Battery drill and Dremel tool (or similar) with cutting discs, sanding tools and mills
9. Sandpaper (various grits), and/or Permagrit sanding tools.
10. Carpet, bubble wrap or soft cloth to cover your work bench (most important !)
11. Car wax polish (clear)
12. Paper masking tape
13. Denaturized alcohol, Acetone, or similar (for cleaning)
Adhesives:
Not all types of glues are suited to working with composite parts. Here is a selection of
what we normally use, and what we can truly recommend. Please don’t use inferior
quality glues - you will end up with an inferior quality plane, that is not so strong or
safe. Jet models require good gluing techniques, due to the higher flying speeds, and
hence higher loads on many of the joints. We highly recommend that you use a slow
cured epoxy for gluing highly stressed joints, like control horns, into position. The most
commonly used is ‘Aeropoxy’. The self-mixing nozzles make it easy to apply. It takes
about 1 - 2 hours to start to harden so it also gives plenty of time for accurate assembly. Finally it gives a superb bond on all fiberglass and wood surfaces.
1. CA glue ‘Thin’ and ‘Thick’ types. We recommend ZAP, as this is a very high quality.
2. ZAP-O or Plasti-ZAP, odorless (for gluing the clear canopy)
3. 30 minute epoxy (stressed joints must be glued with 30 min and NOT 5 min epoxy).
4. Aeropoxy/Loctite Hysol 3462 or equivalent (optional, but highly recommended)
5. Epoxy laminating resin (12 - 24 hr. cure) with hardener.
6. Milled glass fiber, for adding to slow epoxy for stronger joints.
7. Micro-balloons, for adding to epoxy for lightweight filling.
8. Thread-locking compound (Loctite, or equivalent)
At Skymaster we try our best to offer you a high quality kit, with outstanding value-for money, and as complete as
possible. However, if you feel that some additional or different hardware should be included, please feel free to let
us know.
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HEALTH
Use a mask (available at auto paint stores) to protect from inhaling the glass or carbon
fiber dust. Use this mask whenever you are sanding or cutting fiberglass or
carbon fiber materials. Use a charcoal filter paint mask (available at auto paint supply
stores) when spraying any primer or paint. Spray out of doors or in a properly vented
spray booth. Use safety glasses any time rotary tools, such as Dremel cut-off disc or
Perma-Grit cutters, are being used.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY TECHNIQUES
We recommend to wax the model before assembling. This will help protect the finish
from an epoxy finger print. Wax will not help for CA glues!
Extra glue, extra paint, extra resin will add up to a heavy model. Plan before you glue!
The glass cloth side of parts to glue, should be sanded with #80 grit paper for best
glue adhesion.
Support the fuselage on foam pads.
Skymaster makes every attempt to insure that the parts fit. However, due to manufacturing tolerances, some parts may fit a little tight. Always trial fit parts and adjust if
needed.
Only use high quality adhesives such as the ZAP products from Pacer Technology.
For extremely high stress areas we recommend “Aeropoxy.” It is the strongest and
best gripping adhesive we have found.
If fuel or grease are on the surface, first clean with acetone or thinners.
Clean off all excess glue—excess glue is excess weight.
Always check the outside skin of the model to look for any glue residue and remove it
with Acetone before it cures. “Aeropoxy” is tough to remove once it has thoroughly
cured.
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Radio equipment
Failure to use the recommended servos, output arms, extensions, and hardware
may result in a loss of control!
Throughout this manual we make use of various types of servos and radio equipment!
The prototype was flown using MKS servos with powerbox bus system!
If you make use of another manufacturer, please use equipment with similar specifications! For JR we recommend DS8911HV servos.
The F18 will require extension leads! Please use high quality extension leads. Make
use of ceramic non ferrite cores if leads exceeds 1 meter. We recommend using X-bus
system. This will eliminate long power leads.
Use dual battery management systems and dual RX equipment. With the introduction
of 2.4 GHz even quad RX systems are considered as normal for a jet model.
Always center and install the correct output arms while on the bench, once the servo is
in the aircraft access to the servo arm screw is sometimes limited.
Do not save any money when buying radio equipment. The price of servo’s are far
from the price of replacing the entire model.
REMEMBER: The best equipment is only as good as the weakest link. Ask yourself if this servo or link or lead etc is worthy of my trust to protect my very large
investment…
Accessories
1. 2 MKS HBL380 servo’s for the elevator.
2. 2 MKS747 for flaperons
3. 2 MKS777 for rudder
4. 2 MKS747for slats
5. 1 MKS747 for steering servo.
6. 3 x 2way valve + 1 x 1way valves + sequencer for landing gear + doors + brakes
7. 1 x 2 way valve for speed brake
8. 2 x 2way + sequencer for opening canopy
9. 1 x 2way for speedbrake
10 Powerbox Royal with build in matchbox function.
11. Pneumatic support set for landing gear
12. 1 x Turbine motors, with thrust range between 18kg and 21kg, with accessories.
13. Fuel tubing, Hopper tank, festo fittings, fuel filters, fuel tube etc
14. Cable ties in various lengths.
15. Radio system with S-bus or X-bus technology (will simplify the radio installation)
Did you understand everything in this manual completely?
Then, and only then, let’s start assembling your F-18. If not, please read it again
before you start the assembly.
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Kit Contents
Picture A
F18 ARF PRO Contents:
Picture A
Fuselage front and rear section.
Fin + Rudders & tail cone.
Nose gear + Main gear + doors installed + spoilers installed
Wings left and right + flaps + ailerons
Elevator left and right
Canopy assembly + glass
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OPTIONAL PARTS
Slat Mounts Aircraft Grade Aluminum
Included with kit
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3 x Air Tanks
1 x Retract Valve
2 x Filler & 2 x Pressure Gauges
1 x Electronic Brake Valve
5 x Air Tubing, 10 x Quick Disconnect
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Fuel Tank
Accessory Set
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Jettronic 2way & 1 way valve
& Sequencer
Control Brake, Gear and Doors
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Stainless Tail Pipe
Bifucated or 2 x
straight pipes
Cockpit + Pilot
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L/G hydrolic set
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Metal horns
Tank Hardware
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LG Set + Steering
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Scale antennas
Orbinance
& Pylons
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WINGS
NOTE: Make sure to have some sort of protective foam on the work bench. This will
protect the paint surface from unwanted dents. Assemble both wings simultaneously.
Mark √ each step.
The F18 have 3 control surfaces on each wing. Slat Aileron and Flap. It is up to you in
what configuration you would like to build F18. You can opt for full flaps on the wing
and tailerons. Or you can go with flaperons mixed with ailerons. The F18 with the help
of slats can fly real slow. It is important to make sure the SLAT STOP is working
properly for the safety concern.
SLATS:
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Remove and mark servo covers and inspect plywood.
Use dremel to clean out some glue and ply to make
sure servos will fit well.
Pull out the pin hinge and remove the slat.
A factory installed bellcrank will be exposed.
Install metal horn to 8911 slat servo and 2 HD L-brackets
The bearings on metal horn should be 10mm centre/centre.
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The bellcrank slot must fit over the servo horn bearings for slide fit.
Check operation against wing. Make sure no binding near the “slat stop”.
Install servo cover.
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Repeat for other wing
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FLAPS & AILERONS:
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NOTE: The flap servos are located inside the wing. It is very important to match the flap
actuator with flaplet fairing actuator. It is factory installed.
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Fit 2 L-shape servo brackets to DS8911 servos and secure to wing. Do same for aileron.
Flap servo horn 30mm facing rear. Install pushrod.
Secure extension wire. Use safety clips on joint.
Trial fit wing to fuselage and check operation of flap and aileron.
Cut the servo & pushrod cover and screw in position.
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ELEVATORS
NOTE: Use some protective foam on the work bench to protect the paint surface from
unwanted dents. A removable elevator mechanism is installed. Mark √ each step.
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Make up elevator horn. 1pr symmetrical. Bearing is 55 mm from center of screw to
to shaft.
Trial fit JR8911 servo to elevator mount. The depth of the servo is EXTREMELY
IMPORTANT. We have deigned the mount for 8911 servos. Some shimming
may be needed to get correct height. The elevator horn must be as close as
possible to fuselage skin. When happy secure servo with 4 screws.
Fit servo horn and center servo using radio. Remove horn. Locate servo cover and
mark location of horn. Drill hole to clear horn, refit horn and cover.
Cut a slot slightly over size in the root of elevator to hold bearing mount for elevator
control. Trial fit the elevator assembly with recess mount. NOTE: because of the
angle of elevator shaft and rear fuselage, the slot WILL NOT be flush with
root of elevator. Do not glue flush!
Mix 30 minute epoxy and fill slot in root of elevator with glue. Use some oil/wax
over the servo horn and root of elevator. This will prevent gluing horn to elevator.
While glue still wet, fit elevator with bearing mount over servo horn and keep in position till glue set. Unclip elevator and check operation. Careful planning is needed.
Make sure the elevator is clipped before each flight.
Run servo wires away from tailpipe. Repeat for other elevator.
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FIN & RUDDER
NOTE: Make sure to have some sort of protective foam on the work bench. This will
protect the paint surface from unwanted dents. No play must be present. Mark √ each
step.
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Fit horn to servo and centre servo. Make up rudder pull push pushrods.
Fit servo to bracket.
Make up rudder belcrank. Use Loctite to secure belcrank horn.
Secure pushrods to horns. Use safety clips.
Trial fit the rudder by inserting l-shape belcrank into rudder slot. Check that you
have no play.
Check left and right deflection. If happy secure fin with allen key. Repeat for other
rudder
Note—adjust rudders before installing tailpipes and turbines.
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FUSELAGE REAR
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Before joining the fuselage it is necessary to tidy up the servo wires. Make sure
wires are secure and will not touch the tailpipe.
Tidy up the air line. Factory installed on pro kit. Use quick disconnects between
front and rear fuselage. This will make it easier the remove nose in future.
The gear uses a locking cylinder. You need to wire it separate with a sequencer.
The sequence for gear-up is : unlock lock cylinder--gear up--close doors . Then reverse this for gear down.
Check operation of landing gear and doors.
Check operation of speed brake. F18C 1 x and F18E x 2.
Speed brake air tubing and LG + Door air tubing will all be factory fitted. Route to
front of rear fuselage.
NOSE STEERING
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Fit steering servo.
Check operation of nose LG & doors.
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FUSELAGE JOINT
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Route all air tubing and servo wires to
front of fuselage.
Install front tank before joining fuselage.
Secure front fuselage with 6 x M4.
FUEL CELLS
NOTE: Bad plumbing lead to flame outs. This will destroy your model. Please take your time
and do a good job.
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Make sure clunk moves freely and reaches all corners of inside of tanks.
Fit to main tank. Mark pipes for “inlet” and “outlet”.
Secure 2 saddle tanks in position. Saddle tanks will feed main tank. The main tank
will feed UAT.
Plumb tank using diagram on next page. Fill tank and check for leaks.
Drain tank with turbine fuel pump and check no air. Bubbles in system until last
drop is drained. A good plumbing will secure good turbine operation.
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FUEL CELL DIAGRAM
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AIR SYSTEM:
You will need 2 x 2way and 1x 1way + sequencer for doors and brakes. You will
need 1 x 2 way for speedbrake and 2 x 2 way for operating canopy and lock. All
work done at factory.
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Glue the air tanks (3) with silicon
Use quick connectors on fuselage joints to help
with break up of model.
Fit the 3 filler valves and 3 pressure gauges
onto plywood tray.
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Plumb the landing gear, door and brake system by using color
ing. T all same color tubing together until a single pipe emerge.
air tub-
Fit electronic valves + sequencers on tray.
Plumb speed brake.
Secure 3 x 2 way electronic valves. This will be for speed brake and opening
canopy. Canopy use sequencer to lock canopy in down position.
Air leaks can damage your model! Please do a thorough check for air leaks. Make
sure the system can hold pressure for at least an hour in the up and down position.
Do not rush this installation.
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AIR DIAGRAM
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TURBINE INSTALLATION
NOTE: 3 versions can be ordered. 1. Single MID 2. Twin MID 3. Twin Tail
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Please follow the instructions supplied with your turbine.
The F18 can be configured for twin turbine or single turbine operation.
The twin turbine can further be configured to mid or tail installation. We show the
twin tail installation. This option do not need any tail pipe. For mid installation a tail
pipe is needed.
For tail installations you need to adjust angle from 1 to 5 degree by using washers.
The slots in rails are wide enough to make angle. 16kg need 3.5 degree.
Use FOD screens. Secure all wires and cables and pipes. We recommend to make
use of a mechanical shut off valve as well.
Install LeFe / Li Po battery in nose for correct CG.
The tailcones will twist and lock.
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COCKPIT AND CANOPY (after painting)
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NOTE : The opening canopy is option. It can be ordered. All work done by factory. You will
need to install the 2 x 2way valves and sequencer to operate canopy cylinders.
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Cut cockpit to fit fuselage and front nose gear.
Secure rear of cockpit with 2 screws.
Check that canopy cleat the cockpit. Trim if needed.
Install pilot.
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EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION INTO F18
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Equipment installation is a personal venture. There is one golden rule: Do it as neat
and logical as possible! This will make fault finding and service of components easier. The F18 basically consist of 7 circuits!
Servo wires
Power cables
Data cables
Pneumatic pipes
Air pipes
Fuel pipes
RX cable / Satellite Receivers
Please try and separate these circuits as far as possible. It is advisable not to run RX
cables near any kind of electrical fields. Make all switches and filler valves and charging sockets easy accessible. If you use S-bus technology it will simplify installation.
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The F18 will come out tail heavy if you do not plan installation. It is very important to
install all equipment as far forward as possible.
I have installed all batteries in nose.
Make sure the servo wires is routed for the job!
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BEFORE YOU FLY
It is assumed that the builder of this kit has acquired the basic skills and
knowledge necessary to make a safe and functional radio control installation into a model. Therefore, these notes are intended only to assist that experience.
TRAVEL MAX SETTINGS: F18 C/D
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Elevator
Rudder
Aileron
Elevons
Flaps
Slats
MIX F18C FLAPERON & RUDDER
& ELEVATOR VIDEO
+85mm/ -85mm
35mm /27mm take off
25mm down / 15mm up
+55mm / -55mm
70mm landing / 38mm take off
15mm take off / 25mm landing
TRAVEL MAX SETTINGS: F18 E/F
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Elevator
Rudder
Aileron
Elevons
Flaps
Slats
MIX F18E FLAPERON & RUDDER
& ELEVATOR VIDEO
+90mm/ -90mm
30mm /28mm take off
25mm down / 15mm up
+60mm / -60mm
75mm landing / 40mm take off
15mm take off / 25mm landing
NB: Make sure you have setup the controls as in video links. This F18 can not be
controlled without mixing of ailerons and elevens. Do not try to fly with ailerons
only!
Do not change location of CG unless you are experience and have some feel of
model before!
F18E/F 183mm
F18C/D 188mm
STAB NEUTRAL
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Set the maximum speed to 200mph! The prototype was tested with 2 x K120G
turbine.
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Take-Off
Do some taxi tests before your flight! Make sure you are familiar with all settings and
make sure the model track straight on the ground without rudder input.
Choose a fine day for the maiden flight. Select take off flap or flight mode 1 and open
throttle. Gently pull back on stick 40m down the runway. Raise the flaps and gear at
safe altitude. If the ailerons feel sluggish—select higher rate. Land and adjust to fit
your need. If no flaps are used—it will leap into air because of trailing LG.
Slow Flight
Most of the first flight should be utilized to get familiar with the slow speed flight characteristics. Select the flaps to the takeoff position; there should be no pitch change. Extend the gear and select full landing flaps; adjust the power to maintain level flight and
a speed of about 80—90mph. Climb to a safe altitude and slow the model to the edge
of a stall to know where that edge is.
Landing
Fly a complete circuit before landing. Approach from the downwind side and lower the
LG. Fly a complete circuit getting use to the power required. On the next circuit lower
the flaps. It is very important to get the nose up for landing. Use elevator to get nose
up and throttle to change altitude. You will need to work out a glide slope to fit your run
way. Just before touch down—pull more elevator to flare model. If you do not get the
nose up—it will be difficult to stop in time. Do not pull to much elevator in glide slope
as you may ran out of elevator. There is fine line between just right and too much. Do
not use speed brakes for landing on maiden. When you are happy and more experienced the speed brakes will slow model down faster. Let the model roll out and apply
brakes.
One engine
We have tested the F18 for single engine flight. It is very stable if your setup is correct
as per manual and the videos shown for control surfaces.
We suggest lower power and fly landing circuit and land. Only extend LG and flaps on
a long final once F18 is lined up with the runway.
We at Skymaster wish you many happy flights with your F18! Add some landing lights
and load those weapons.
Anton Lin and Skymaster Team!
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Ordinance
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Skymaster produce a set of ordinance. It can be ordered painted or unpainted.
All ordinance are slide fit for easy removal. All hard points and slots factory installed!
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