assembly takes 3-5 hours to complete and includes all the hardware
needed to complete the airplane. The first step is to install the
landing gear using a 5/64" hex wrench and threadlocker.
The vertical and horizontal tail bolt on to the fuselage. I really like
that no glue is used, allowing you to remove the tail later if needed.
The tailwheel comes pre-installed on the rudder.
installing the tail, I found it handy to use a pickup magnet and a 3/32
hex wrench to get the screws started when installing the tail assembly
onto the fuselage. The next step is to remove some covering and install
the control horns. Some medium CA ensures that the control horns will
The servos fit nicely into the precut holes and installed easily. It's
best if you install the servos, then remove them and put a drop of thin
CA into the screw holes in the plywood. Let that completely dry before
reinstalling the servos. This will harden the area, allowing the screw
a more solid grip into the soft wood.
I pushed the rudder and elevator push rods into the fuselage via the
installed guide tubes and secured them to the servos. The pushrods
attach to the servos with small plastic keepers and a screw. Do not
over-torque the screw or you will strip the plastic!
wing servo requires a 12" extension. The manual included an addendum to
use a string to get the servo wire from the aileron to the wing root.
Future kits will include a string pre-installed in the wing. I used a
small diameter piece of music wire and some tape.
servos are installed so only the servo arm sticks below the wing,
keeping to the scale looks. The wing servos are installed onto a
mounting plate. Make sure you reinforce the screw holes with thin CA
the same as the servos in the fuselage. Some covering is removed to
glue the aileron control horn to the aileron. The installed aileron
servo has a clean appearance thanks to internally mounting the servo.
makes makes quick work of gluing the wings together. The manual
specifies 30 minute epoxy. The wings lined up well and fit nicely. I
used some tape to make sure the wings stayed aligned while the epoxy
cured. Once the wing joint cures, the wing hold down dowels are
installed using some thin CA. The dowels are short and should be
adjusted so they are aligned to each other and parallel to the wing
chord. On this airplane, one dowel fit well and the other needed the
hole opened just a little.
this point you can either install the flap servo or fix the flaps in
place with the servo cover that comes with the airplane. Before
installing the flaps linkages, make sure that they move freely and do
not bind. On this airplane, one flap worked great the the other needed
to be moved a few dozen times to free it up. To install the flaps,
first the control horns are screwed onto the linkages followed by the
pushrods. Be sure to mark the flap servo wire so you do not confuse it
with an aileron servo wire!
that the wing is complete, the motor and ESC (Electronic Speed Control)
can be installed. The ESC is held to the fuselage with some hook and
loop material. The wires are secured with small zip ties.
The canopy is glued together using some canopy glue for the canopey
and some medium CA for the seats. There is also an optional pilot
that can be installed. When installing the canopy, a little
of the canopy should stick past the wood which has the magnet. This
will help guide the canopy to the magnet later.
When installing the canopy, follow the directions in the manual.
If you don't follow the directions, the canopy will not fit
correctly. The manual has you use use some wax paper between the
canopy and the fuselage to make sure that no glue gets on the fuselage.
You can use some tape and outline the outside edge of the plastic
canopy. When you glue on the canopy, any glue that seeps out past
the canopy will stick to the tape. Use a razor blade to cut the
glue at the edge of the canopy and remove the tape. Don't cut any
deeper than the tape! This will leave a clean line and remove any
unwanted glue drips.
propeller installs on the Park 480 motor using the included spinner and
supplied propeller adapter. When installing the propeller, take care to
make sure that the propeller lines up with the cutouts in the spinner.
The back edge of the propeller blade will not sit against the pegs on
the spinner backplate.
E-Flite 11.1V 2300 mAh battery is held in the fuselage with some hook
and loop material and the supplied battery hold down straps. The
battery hold down straps are the hook and loop type and they work
wheels and wheel pants install easily with a few screws and wheel
collars. The axles screw onto the metal landing gear and secure with a
nylon lock nut. A wheel collar is then secured to the axles. The last
step is to slide on the wheel pant, wheel and wheel collar onto the
axles. It sounds tricky, but the hex wrench fit secure in the wheel
collar set screw. I was able to position the wheel collar on the shaft
using the wrench and some gravity with the airplane partially upside
wing is secured to the fuselage using two 4-40 screws and T-Nuts. Make
sure the T-Nuts are glued well to the plywood. The first time I
assembled the wing to the fuselage, one of the T-nuts came loose. When
installing the wing pay attention to all the wires, and carefully stuff
them in the fuselage.