Construction / tuning:
The original plane is actually a kids through plane for 5 Euro. I saw my
kids flying great with this little one and so I decided to buy one for
The motor combo and servos have been quickly selected and then I
started the conversion:
1) The rudders I attached to the existing fixed (glued) rudder & elevator
wing (cut from 2 mm balsa wood (whole length and 3 cm width).
2) The servos were glued in a section under the wing into the fuselage
(of course I cut the the space first. The connection to the rudders I
managed by gluing on the surface of the fuselage the rods that hold
the 0,8 mm steel rudder connections (same style as Multiplex does
with almost all of its foam planes). This enforces the stability of the
3) the wing was reinforced with a 1 mm CFK rod and then glued
4) the front part of the plane (30 mm) was caped, a light balsa wood (3
mm) was glued in place (as a holder - firewall - for the motor) the
motor was screwed in place and fixed with additional drops of 5-min
5) from the cut part I managed to prepare a motor cover (very carefully).
6) some more part of the fuselage is carved out by a soldering pen -
careful that you do not cut out too much) to make room for the BEC and
7) the battery is placed just after the wing end in order to achieve the
balance point of the plane correctly (note: before doing any kind of
conversion - assemble the plane and throw it like a kids - if it flies right,
mark the point of balance at the underside of the wing! Like this you
have no problem to place th items after the conversion.
8) in order to be able to start from our terrace or indoor I fixed some
light weight wheels (2 main and 1 back which is not steered).
The whole conversion took about 4 hours!
Impressively well with the motor on - but it does not sail well.
You may fly it like a bee around your head, very low passes (and if it is
too low nothing happens!!!!!). You can not let it fly to far away as it
becomes difficult to see due to its size. I have this plane (and the
Merlin) always in my car as it is quickly assembled and very easy to fly
as it reacts very good on both rudder and elevator. Ailerons are not
Fun stuff for the advanced pilot!
The video shows how much fun this little plane can be... but it got over
my head and I wanted to be too brave and fly behind the
But.... after a few drops of glue it flies again (oh ... of course ... a new
prop was also needed!).
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