Assembly and operating instructions
Assembly and Operating Manual
Assembly and Operating Manual
Dear customer,
The radio control system
Glued joints, suitable adhesives
Congratulations on your choice of a
To fly the F/A 18 – Blue Angels you will need a
Foam safe epoxy is recommended and available
factory-assembled model aircraft from the
radio control system with at least four channels.
from most reputable model retail shops.
SKYANGEL Hummingbird range and thank you
2.4GHz radios systems are recommended, similar
for placing your trust in us.
to the unit included with our deluxe version.
Trial-fit all parts “dry” before applying glue.
Very little preparation work is required to get this
The servos for the ailerons and the elevators are
Follow the recommended curing time suggested
model ready to fly. To operate your new model
by the glue manufacturer. Allow the glue to fully
safely it is important that you read through all of
cure (harden) to the point where the joint can be
the instructions and safety information included
The power for the receiver is drawn from the
with your model, before you fly it for the first time.
electronic speed controller’s integral BEC system.
placed under stress.
Kit contents
The illustrations in this manual show the Blue
The electronic speed controller is located inside of
Angels version of the model with factory applied
the fuselage, in front of the ducted fan.
The power system
Fuselage, with motor, electronic speed controller
and servos
To check the model’s operating systems, first set
Clear canopy and cockpit
the control surface servos to neutral, with the
Left / right wing panels with ailerons
transmitter sticks and trims at centre.
Left / right tail plane panels with elevators and
vertical stabilizer
The model is powered by a brushless outrunner
motor and ducted fan, both of which are
When you wish to fly the model, always make sure
factory-installed on the Ready-To-Fly version.
the transmitter is in the “OFF” position. Move the
1 x Li-Po battery, 3s 950mAh 20C
throttle stick to the “OFF” position as well. Then
1 x 20A Brushless ESC (Electronic Speed Controller)
The motor is connected to the electronic speed
connect the flight battery to the electronic speed
controller which is factory calibrated on the
Ready-To-Fly version. All that is required is to
charge the Li-Po battery, following the safety
Switch off in the reverse order: disconnect the
instructions, and connect the battery to the
battery from the electronic speed controller first,
electronic speed controller.
and then switch off the transmitter.
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Fig. 1 Open the box and check all the parts.
Parts Illustration
Parts List
Nose Cone
Wing Set – One Left (and one Right) Wing Panel
Tail Set - One Left (and one Right) Horizontal Stabilizer with Elevator
Tail Set - One Vertical Stabilizer
Cockpit Canopy
One Left (and one Right) Main Landing Gear Fixed Plate
Two Main Wheels
Front Wheel Fixed Plate
Front Wheel
Push Rods Set
Big Missiles
Small Missiles
950mAh 11.1 Volt 20C Li-Po Battery
Radio Control Transmitter (we highly recommend 2.4 GHz system)
Balance Charger
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Fig. 2 - Locate the fuselage and nose cone
Fig. 3 - Glue the nose to the front of fuselage (glue
not included).
Fig. 4 - Glue the horizontal stabilizers to the slots
at the rear of the fuselage (glue not included).
Fig. 5 - Remove any excess glue and hold in
position until the glue sets. The photo shows the
finished view.
Fig. 6 - Glue the main wheel fixed plate to the slot
on one half of the main wing panel (the white mark
shown the slot).
Fig. 7 - Make sure there is no glue in the slot and
remove any excess glue on the wing and plate
surface. The picture shows the finished view.
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Fig. 8 - Apply glue to the sides of each main wing
panel (glue not included).
Fig. 9 - The photo shows the finished view after
gluing the wings in place.
Fig. 10 - Locate the push rods set.
Fig. 11 - Connect the push rods to the aileron
servo arm and control horn.
Fig. 12 - Connect the push rods to the elevator
servo arm and then to the elevator control horn.
Fig. 13 - Fix the horns to the servos. Final
adjustment is made at a later stage.
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Fig. 14 - Glue the vertical stabilizer sections as
shown in the photo (glue not included).
Fig. 15 - Connect the electronic speed controller
and servos to the receiver. Refer to the radio
instructions for the correct channel sockets and
servo lead polarity.
Fig. 16 - Locate the battery and canopy. Charge
the battery according to the safety instructions
before installing.
Fig. 17 - Place the fully charged flight battery in
the fuselage and connect it to the electronic speed
Fig. 18 - Photo shows battery leads connected to
the electronic speed controller.
Fig. 19 - The canopy is held in place by magnets
and can be lifted off.
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Fig. 20 - Locate the fixed plate for the front wheel.
Fig. 21 - Glue the fixed plate into the fuselage as
shown in the photo (glue not included).
Fig. 22 - Attach the front wheel to the fixed plate.
Fig. 23 - Photo shows the finished front landing
Fig. 24 - Attached the rear wheels to the fixed
plate units on each of the main wings.
Fig. 25 - Congratulations, you have completed
the assembly process. We hope you enjoy flying
your new model!
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Optional parts (not required)
Fig. 26 - Three sets of 3 painted missiles, for extra realism, are included.
Cut apart for assembly as shown
Fig. 27 - Missiles shown after being separated.
Fig. 29 - Photo shows missiles in attached position.
Fig. 28 - Glue missiles into the main wing slots (glue not included).
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Fig. 30 - Charge the flight battery; connect the Equalizer lead
using and adapter lead matching your charger (adapter lead not
Fig. 31 - Switch the transmitter on, and move the throttle stick to
the “Motor OFF” position. (Diagram MODE 1 right throttle control
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Fig. 32 and 33 - Checking Ailerons and Elevators
- Check that the control surfaces respond to the appropriate
movements of the transmitter sticks. If not, swap over the
connectors at the receiver.
- Check the neutral position of the control surfaces; you may
need to screw the clevises in or out to correct any discrepancy.
- Stand behind the model.
- Check the direction of rotation of the servos:
- Move the aileron stick to the right (a), and the right aileron (a)
must rise up, the left aileron (b) fall down.
- Pull the elevator stick back towards you (c), and the
trailing edge of both elevators should rise (c).
- If either function works in the wrong way, correct it using your
transmitter’s servo reverse facility for that channel.
Fig. 34 - Checking the power system
- Hold the model securely.
- Remove any loose objects such as cloths, tools, etc from the
area in front of the model, as they could easily be sucked into
the ducted fan.
- Open the throttle (stick forward): the motor should now run,
and you should feel a strong air flow rushing out from the tail
end of the model.
- Move the throttle stick back to the “Motor OFF” position.
- Disconnect the battery from the electronic speed controller and
then switch the transmitter off.
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Fig. 35 - Checking the model’s balance
- Place the flight battery in its compartment, without connecting.
- Mark the Centre of Gravity (CG) on both sides of the fuselage;
the position is shown in the photo.
- Support the model at the marked points and allow it to hang
freely. When correctly balanced the airplane will remain
horizontal, with the nose slightly down.
- If necessary, adjust the position of the flight battery to achieve
the correct CG.
- Mark the battery location in the fuselage, so that you can be
sure of positioning it correctly after recharging.
- Pack scrap pieces of foam around the battery in its final
position, otherwise there is a danger of it shifting in flight and
altering the model’s balance.
- Charge the flight battery and the model is ready for flight.
Fig. 36 - Access to the ducted fan unit and electronic speed
- The ducted fan unit is accessible from underneath, if you need
to carry out maintenance work or repairs.
- Ensure that the wire colors match correctly.
Test Flying - Notes on flying the airplane
Please read the sections entitled “Routine pre-flight checks” and “Flying
the model” in the Safety Notes before attempting to fly the F/A 18 Jet for
the first time.
For the first flight you should wait for a relatively calm day with no more
than a gentle breeze.
A good flying site is a large, flat, open field; well away from trees, fences,
high-tension overhead cables and other potentially dangerous obstacles.
Carry out a complete check of the working systems.
We recommend that you ask an experienced modeler to help you initially;
to give the model a fairly powerful hand-launch.
The model must be launched directly into any existing wind.
Switch the motor on, and launch the airplane strongly into the wind, with the
fuselage and wings level.
Allow the F/A 18 Jet to fly straight and level initially; don’t try to turn it when
it is close to the ground.
Adjust the trims if necessary so that the model settles into a steady climb.
Check the model’s response to control commands from the transmitter. You
may need to increase or reduce the control surface travels once the model
is back on the ground.
Take the airplane up to a safe height and check its stalling speed.
Keep the speed well up on the landing approach to avoid stalling.
If you had to move the trims during the flight, correct the mechanical
linkages before flying again. This allows you to re-centre the trims, so that
full trim travel is available for subsequent flights.
We reserve the right to introduce technical modifications and suggest that
you check our website for updates.
Jiangyin Skyangel Electronic Technology Co., Limited.
No.606 Zhencheng Road,Xiagang Town,
Jiangyin city, Jiangsu Province, 214400, China
Tel / Fax: +86-0510-86168833