RE: Sheliak Jet Trainer
Perhaps you did not receive my e-mail. It is repeated here:
Congratulations on buying the plane from Trevor. Well, you asked for it, so
The instructions I have are in English and from WingsPro, San Diego,
California (now gone). 10 pages of instructions and 2 pages of drawings. The
instructions were not very helpful. I can scan them and send them to you as
a PDF if you think you need them.
Good luck building the plane. I just put things in as I saw fit. In my
opinion, the instructions were just flat wrong. I learned the hard way after
gluing things in per the instructions only to have to cut everything back
out and start over. Very frustrating. And I have been building and flying
for over 20 years. At least 15 of those with jets. Building the Sheliak is a
pain. But it does fly very nice. Like a big sport plane. Landings can be a
bit tricky as the airplane likes to rise back into the air during landing
flair. No high alpha landings with the Sheliak. The Sheliak was not my first
jet. Many came before it. I do not recommend it as a first jet.
I will try to answer all your questions. I am sure you will have more. I can
send you pictures of my Sheliak if it will help explain what I have done.
I don't know anything about aluminum accessories. Unless they are talking
about the control horns. TS sells aluminum control horns. I didn't buy them
as they were too expensive. I just used cheap Dubro nylon control horns. I
did not receive any aluminum accessories with my Sheliak.
I did get carbon tubes with the plane for hinging the control surfaces. Yes
I used them. What a pain in the ass to put together. But it works great. You
will need these tubes. See if you can get them from TS or somewhere on-line.
The control surface movements I used were as listed in my instructions:
elevators- 16-20 mm up and down
rudder- 18 mm right and left
ailerons- 18-22 mm up and down
flaps- 60 mm down
These settings worked very well for me. I set everything to the high side. I
set-up low rates at 60% but didn't used them. Tried them once. Way to slow.
The plane is very docile so low rates are not needed. Of course your
preferences might be different.
For the first few flights with my Sheliak, I did not use any flap on
take-off. Later I started using 50% flap on take-off to reduce take-off
distance. The Sheliak takes about 200 feet or more to lift off without
flaps. With 50% flaps it takes off around 150-200 feet. I am using an old 18
lbs thrust RAM750. I land with full flaps down- 60 mm. Slows the plane down
nicely. I have landed the plane without flaps. It comes in at about 40 mph
or so with no flaps. Works OK but takes longer to slow down. Lands best with
My best advise to you is to get an F16 as your first jet. The Cermark or
Tamjet 1/8 scale version is low cost, easy to put together, and is very,
very easy to fly. Most importantly, it is extremely easy to land. Much
better than the Sheliak with no tendency to rise on landings or bounce down
the runway doing its best to destroy the gear. The landing gear and brakes
are also much better. It is easier to transport and work on as well. Trust
me, leave the Sheliak for your second jet. You and your wallet will thank me