Assembly is straightforward and simple. While the manual
is written as if the model was being built from a kit ala a
conventional plastic model, the RTS version is almost entirely
pre-built and therefore we need only follow the last "assembly" step
in each construction phase. With the sail-winch and rudder
servos, receiver and battery case already pre-installed inside the
Fortune's sleek hull, there's little left to do other than to....
1. Slip the keel
into its slot on the bottom of the hull and secure it with a knurled
nut where the imbedded threaded rod protrudes above deck level.
2. The long
"deepwater" rudder attaches in the same manner where it is secured
below deck to its control horn with a screw against the flat.
It is then attached to the control rod running back to the servo
3. The boat comes with its tear-resistant plastic sails already
"hoisted" on the one-piece aluminum mast. All lines and fittings rigged
and carefully stowed on the booms to prevent tangling. All that remains is to
release them from storage and hook them into the appropriate deck cleats.
Control lines from the sail winch servo are also pre-strung, needing
only to be run onto the sail booms and tied off.
Place 4 AA batteries in the holder that is already installed below
deck along with the servos, receiver, and on/off switch. Note
the foam gasket around the receiver hatch to keep the RX compartment
6. The deck hatches are adorned with simulated coffee-grinder
sail winches, pulleys, deck cleats and tiller wheels. These
snap into the deck openings where their metal clips hold them firmly
7. Except for the
large Fortune 612 decal already applied to the side of the hull,
numerous others are left for you to add to the hull and sails as you
I only applied a few as
only the Kyosho flash atop the mainsail was made in a mirror image
so that it would appear to be going in the same direction from
either side of the boat. For example, the bow decal on the
port side would appear to be going in the opposite direction, toward
the stern, if applied to the starboard side. Personally, I
didn't like the way that looked so as a result, my boat is not as
"decked out" as shown on the box. I'd like to see the decal
sheet redone with the necessary changes. Pre-cutting them
would be helpful as well.
8. Inserting 8 more AA
batteries into the 2-channel Perfex radio completes the assembly
9. The only thing left
to do now is to trim the sails for proper freedom movement.
Directions are also given for adjusting the mast for either weather
or lee helm if you know that you will be sailing consistently into
the wind or running before it. Since most sailing will involve
a variety of conditions, the manual suggests that you adjust the
mast for a slight weather helm.
A word or two should be said here about the
manuals. It should be noted that there are two of them, one for the boat, the other
for the radio. A lot of thought went into the instruction manual as everything is
fully explained and illustrated. Be warned, however, that it is extremely
"busy" as the instructions appear in a combination of English, German, French,
Spanish and Japanese. In addition, most of the instructions include steps that have
already been completed in the RTS version. This, and the presence of a parts list
meant only for the Japanese market, suggests that this model was meant to be available in
almost kit form at one time (or place) or other. Even if that is not the case, more
information is infinitely better than not enough. Besides, if something were to
break or any of the rigging somehow become undone, these step by step instructions will
save the day. As if this wasn't enough to get you started and keep you going, Kyosho
also saw fit to include basic sailing tips for the beginner so that your time on the water
would be more fun and less frustration.