The assembly begins with the included plywood stand. It is used
to support the F-16 during assembly and transport. I used medium
CA and kicker to secure it after first taping the assembly together.
Optionally, you can add your own foam cushion to protect the model
from scratches. I used a 1/4" sticky-back white wing saddle
foam and secured it with medium CA. The foam is not included.
I was at it, I skipped to page 14 and assembled the tail alignment
fixture. A little medium CA and kicker is all you need.
HyperFlow Fan Unit requires some modification before the AMMO
24-45-3790kV brushless inrunner motor and brass rotor adapter
can fit inside. The manual gives some detailed instructions, photos,
and tips for the fan assembly and installation inside the fuselage.
My only deviation was to use an aircraft grade epoxy (BVM V-poxy)
instead of 30-minute epoxy and micro-balloon filler.
that the fan unit is fully tested outside the fuselage with a
live radio system and Lipo pack. Once satisfied with the operation,
it can be installed into the fuselage. Shrink tubing is supplied
for securing the motor wire extensions. The manual suggests taking
your time on these steps to insure proper operation and a reasonably
tail cone comes pre-assembled and glued inside the fuselage. The
fan unit is then set snugly inside the tail cone unit on one end
and anchored by the additional plywood former that you glue in
place. The former did need some sanding for a perfect fit. I tied
off the three motor wires through the cockpit to keep them in
the vertical fin hollow and out of the way.
plastic front housing flange and balsa fin cover are also glued
into place to increase the efficiency of the air flow
elevator servos are set up properly with the correct arm length
and a live receiver. One set up, they are glued into the bays
in the wings. Pre-cut custom covers are then tacked in place with
a small amount of medium CA.
linkage was easy to install. The control rods are pre-bent and
cut to length so you only need to drill two 3/32" holes for
the horn. I used a razor knife to slightly open the servo arm
hole. The instructions tell you how long the servo arm should
be and what holes to use on both ends of the control rod.
glued the wings and tail in place with 5-minute epoxy. The wings
are aligned by an aluminum tube and carbon anti-rotation pins.
The tail is aligned by the supplied alignment fixture.
Rods and Supports:
first mounting the servos up front, the control horns are put
on the metal rods which are fed into the sleeves before mounting
to the rudder and wing halves. The rudder control rod is simply
fed into a quick link. The two elevator rods are joined with a
third rod going to the servo arm and secured with a couple wheel
collars. Both rods are further secured by plywood guides.
didn't notice that my elevator sleeves were too long so I needed
to cut them shorter after feeding the metal rods inside. It will
be much easier to cut them about 1/2" from the support, if
needed, before starting this step
last few assembly steps are to mount the ESC and launch hook.
I deviated from the manual's suggestion of securing the ESC to
the fuselage intake and simply secured it to the former with a
sticky-back sandpaper pieces are included for hand-launching the
F-16 Falcon. I'll try the included bungee launch system and see
how it works. The launch hook simply screws into place with a
little thread locker.