Construction / tuning:
After opening the box a set of parts, a bag with small items and the
instruction manual came out. The securing of the items in the box was
missing in my case, but only minor
dents in the surface were seen.
First you need to cut away the production
grades left ... that is a tedious work and
takes a bit of time.
After cutting I actually smoothed the
surface with a 240 sanding paper.
In addition I decided to build this plane
with a rudder to give it full capability for
all aerobatic figures.
The rudder was cut out - sanded in 45
degree angle where it is fixed on the fin
and then taped to the fin.
Next elevators and ailerons were cut
free - after cutting with a balsa knife I
sanded the parts in order to ensure
The fixing of the hidden aileron
connection took really some
time as you need to bend some steel
rods, connect them with heat shrinking
tube and then insert them.
I deviated a bit from the building plan
in order to ease this procedure. Never-
the-less just the ailerons took me over
one hour to fix and install.
in addition it turned out that the foreseen
foam hinges are breaking up so I had to
tape over to enforce this area.
The servos and the other RC components were installed next. - that
took the longest as everything is rather small and needed careful fixing.
The receiver in the tail, then the rudder and elevator servos. The aileron
servo just before the spar.
After screwing the motor to a 3 mm balsa fire wall (secured with
additional drops of CA glue) the motor needed additional foam carving
before it spun freely. Actually I could not hide it entirely under the lower
hood as you may see on the following pictures.
Just behind the firewall and the motor
the BEC found its place - fixed to the
wall by double tape. Next to it the
Lipo will be inserted.
Now it was time
to glue the back
top part of the
fuselage in place.
This was a very Now came an extra that I
tight fit - see for felt I would like to do during
yourself: the construction - a steerable
tail wheel....inserted and
connected to the rudder:
For the beginning I will leave away the
aerodynamic wheel covers as our
runway certainly would not allow them.
At the end the decals were applied in
a tedious 1 hour work!
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Actually after the first flights - on a Sunday late afternoon - I retired this little good looking
plane! Great looks, but very nervous flight pattern. After several micro planes I was a bit
disappointed by this one. Even with dual rate, Expo, etc. it was difficult to have fun at
flying. Now the plane rests - suspended from the ceiling - in my workshop!
Update - October 2011:
Plane retired after only one afternoon flying!
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