Assembly & Operation Guide
AIRWING
MICRO
P-51D
2.4GHz
AIRWING
MICRO
WACO 2.4GHz
Part No: 4498160
Part No: 4498155
AIRWING
MICRO
SPITFIRE
2.4GHz
Part No: 4498150
SPECIFICATIONS
P-51D SpitfireWaco
Wingspan..........................................430mm (16.9").......... 430mm (16.9")........... 400mm (15.7")
Length................................................125mm (15.0").......... 395mm (15.5")........... 320mm (12.6")
Wing Area.....................................3.2dm2 (49.6in.2)...... 3.7dm2 (57.4in.2)....... 4.8dm2 (74.4in.2)
Weight..................................................... 50g (1.7oz)...............55g (1.8 oz).................50g (1.7oz)
Battery........................................................................................ Li-Po 3.7V 150mAh (included)
Charger............................................................................................... Integral with Transmitter
Functions............................................Proportional Ailerons, Elevator, Rudder and Throttle
KIT CONTENTS
Spitfire, P-51D or Waco Model Aircraft.................................................................................. 1
2.4GHz Transmitter...................................................................................................................... 1
3.7V 150mAh Li-Po Battery........................................................................................................ 1
REQUIRED
AA Alkaline Batteries for Transmitter.................................................................................... x4
These high performances model must be assembled according to the
instructions. May cause serious injury to persons or property if not
used responsibly or if operated without due caution.
Unsuitable for children under 14 years old.
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P-51D, Spitfire and Waco
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction.........................................................3
New to R/C Models?..........................................3
General Safety....................................................4
Welcome..............................................................4
A. Kit contents - P-51D.................................4
B. Kit contents - Spitfire..............................5
C. Kit contents - Waco.................................5
D. Identifying the components - P-51D.....6
E. Identifying the components - Spitfire...6
F. Identifying the components - Waco......7
G. Identifying the components of the
transmitter................................................. 7-8
Preparation..........................................................8
A. Installing transmitter batteries..............8
B. Charging the Li-Po battery.....................8
C. Using the mode change switch.............9
D. Fitting the Li-Po battery...........................9
Operation...........................................................10
Choosing your flying field..........................10
Choosing a day to fly..................................10
Pre-flight checks........................................10
Taking off......................................................11
Adjusting the trims.....................................11
Landing.........................................................12
Maintenance.....................................................13
After landing................................................13
Post-flight maintenance............................13
Spare parts..................................................14
Lithium rechargeable battery safety.............15
VITAL SAFETY INFO
CAUTION! These flying models are not toys. They can cause
injury to persons/animals and/or property if not used correctly.
They are unsuitable for persons under the age of 14. You should
take care and observe the principles of safety when flying this
model. In the UK, we recommend you observe the British Model
Flying Association (BMFA) safety code at all times, which can be
found at the following address: http://www.bfma.org
DANGER—Do not wear loose clothing or ties!
DANGER—Keep well clear of rotating propeller!
DANGER—Never operate near children or animals!
ABOUT THE FLYING AREA
REQUIRED
If you are a newcomer to R/C flight and have never flown a
radio control model before; it is vital you seek advice from an
experienced model pilot on where and how to fly.
Only fly in large open spaces that are approved for R/C model
flying and that are away from people, animals, buildings, power
lines, water or trees.
Only fly in bright sunny conditions where wind speed does not
exceed 5mph.
TRAINING, CRASHING AND SPARE
PARTS
These model have been designed to be strong and very easy to
repair. However, they are not invulnerable and most people will
break parts during their flying career. This is quite normal. All
parts are available as spares from your supplier. Crash damage is
not covered by warranty.
GUARANTEE/WARRANTY
J. Perkins Distribution Ltd. guarantee these products to be free
of manufacturing and assembly defects for a period of one year
from time of purchase. This does not affect your statutory rights.
This warranty is not valid for any damage or subsequent damage
arising as a result of a crash, misuse, modification or for damage
or consequential damage arising as a result of failure to observe
the procedures outlined in this manual. Operation of these models
is carried out entirely at the risk of the operator. Please note that,
whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of instructions
and material included with this product, mistakes can occur and
neither J. Perkins Distribution Ltd nor its distributors will be held
liable for any loss or damage arising from the use of these models
or for any loss or damage arising from omissions or inaccuracies
in the associated instructions or materials included with this
product.
We reserve the right to modify the design of these products,
contents and manuals without prior notification.
© 2014 J Perkins Distribution Ltd, Lenham, Kent, UK ME17 2DL.
www.jperkinsdistribution.co.uk. All rights reserved. E&OE.
EU REGULATIONS
J Perkins Distribution Ltd declares that this remote control system included with this model is in compliance with the
essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC on Radio equipment and Telecommunications
Terminal Equipment. A copy of the declaration(s) of conformity can be obtained from J Perkins Distribution Ltd, Ashford
Road, Lenham, Kent. UK ME17 2DL. This system complies with the EU directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic
Equipment. Do not dispose of this product in household waste. At the end of the product's life, dispose of it at a designated
collection point for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment.
Please contact your supplier for any advice required on disposal.
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INTRODUCTION
Thank you for buying a model from the Airwing Micro Series. Each model has been designed to not only
look like its full-size counterpart, but also have a scale performance to match. From the iconic Spitfire, to
one of the most exciting US fighters of WW II to the barnstorming Waco biplane, each has all the character
of the original in a Ready to Fly format.
All three models come complete with a high quality 2.4GHz transmitter that can be swapped from Mode 2 to
Mode 1 without tools by simply sliding a mode change switch. The transmitter also doubles up as a charger
for the included 1S 150mAh Li-Po battery.
The P-51D and Spitfire feature an innovative wing-retention system that use a moulded plastic tongue
at the front and magnets at the rear so the wing can be removed without tools. The Waco is supplied
completely factory assembled with its cabane and interplane struts factory fitted. For maximum control
and manoeuvrability, all three models feature aileron, elevator, rudder and throttle controls, with the Waco
having ailerons on both the upper and lower wings - just like the full-size.
Spares
Spare parts are available for the P-51D, Spitfire and Waco. They can be purchased through model and
hobby outlets.
NEW TO R/C MODELS?
The P-51D, Spitfire and Waco are not toys and are capable of high performance flight. They require
preparation before taking to the air and they require careful adjustment and set-up in order to function
correctly. Rotating propellers can cause injury and the utmost care must be taken when flying any model
aircraft. A high performance lithium battery and charger that is integral to the transmitter are included.
If this is not what you were expecting, we advise you not to buy this model.
Although the models are relatively easy to fly, they are not suited to the complete beginner and some R/C
experience with a suitable trainer will be required. Please note that we do not guarantee that by following
the information included with this product you will become an instant star of the airshow circuit or fighter
ace. Neither do we guarantee you will not break anything while mastering the necessary skills required to
pilot an aerobatic model!
If you are new to flying R/C aircraft, or you are an experienced modeller, we recommend you have a fellow
R/C modeller help you with the first flight. Some items you will need to complete on your first preflight are:
1.
2.
3.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Check that the aircraft is assembled correctly and ready for flight.
Check that all control surfaces move in the correct direction
Ensure that the transmitter battery power is good and fresh batteries are fitted.
Ensure the flight battery is fully charged and secure in its bay on the underside of the model.
Check that the electronics are operating correctly and are secure.
Wait for a calm day with light winds for your first flights.
If you are new to R/C flying, we recommend having an accomplished flyer make the first flight and trim
the aircraft.
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GENERAL SAFETY
Please be aware that rotating propellers can inflict painful and possibly serious injury or damage to people,
animals or objects should the blades strike someone or something.
We recommend people keep fingers well clear of the propeller when operating these models and that you
read the manual carefully before operating your P-51D, Spitfire or Waco.
Radio controlled models can reach high speeds and cover significant distances rapidly if control is lost.
All three models in this series are aerobatic and highly manoeuvrable. They must therefore be used
responsibly and with great care generally.
Each model operates on the 2.4GHz radio band using the latest 2.4GHz technology, thereby providing
probably the best interference rejection of any R/C system available today. This technology eliminates
frequency worries with multiple radio operation as the radio encodes its own unique frequency data at
startup.
In the UK, we recommend you observe the guidelines of the British Model Flying Association which can be
found at the following web address:
http://www.bmfa.org
WELCOME
A. KIT CONTENTS - P-51D
▼ 1. Carefully remove the model and other items from the packaging and check all items are included:
A. P-51D Fuselage
B. P-51D Wing
C. 2.4GHz Transmitter
D.Propeller
E. 1S 150mAh Li-Po Battery
Although the P-51D, Spitfire and Waco are durable, all models require careful handling and a delicate
touch. In particular, take great care with the electrical connections to and from the electronic control unit.
C
A
B
D
E
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B. KIT CONTENTS - SPITFIRE
▼ 1. Carefully remove the model and other items from the packaging and check all items are included:
A. Spitfire Fuselage
B. Spitfire Wing
C. 2.4GHz Transmitter
D.Propeller
E. 1S 150mAh Li-Po Battery
C
A
B
D
E
C. KIT CONTENTS - WACO
▼ 1. Carefully remove the model and other items from the packaging and check all items are included:
A. Waco Model
B. 2.4GHz Transmitter
C.Propeller
D. 1S 150mAh Li-Po Battery
B
A
C
D
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D. IDENTIFYING THE COMPONENTS OF YOUR P-51D
1.Fin
2.Rudder
3.Tailplane
4.Elevator
5. Elevator Pushrod
6. Rudder Pushrod
7. Main Wing
8. Rudder Control Horn
9. Elevator Control Horn
10.Propeller
11.Aileron
1
2
8
2
1
6
11
9
4
7
5
3
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E. IDENTIFYING THE COMPONENTS OF YOUR SPITFIRE
1.Fin
2.Rudder
3.Tailplane
4.Elevator
5. Elevator Pushrod
6. Rudder Pushrod
7. Main Wing
8. Rudder Control Horn
9. Elevator Control Horn
10.Propeller
11.Aileron
1
2
8
6
2
1
9
11
4
7
5
3
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F. IDENTIFYING THE COMPONENTS OF YOUR WACO
1.Fin
2.Rudder
3.Tailplane
4.Elevator
5. Elevator Pushrod
6. Rudder Pushrod
7. Main Wing
8. Rudder Control Horn
9. Elevator Control Horn
10.Propeller
11.Aileron
2
1
8
6
11
2
1
9
4
7
5
3
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G. IDENTIFYING THE COMPONENTS OF YOUR TRANSMITTER
▼ 1. Mode 1 - Throttle on the Right
▼ 2. Mode 2 - Throttle on the Left
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8
4
8
7
7
3
1
9
3
1
9
10
10
6
6
2
5
ODE 1
M
1. Mode Change Switch
2. Power Switch
3. Throttle Trim (Up and Down)
4. Aileron Stick (Left and Right)
Throttle Stick (Up and Down)
5. Aileron Trim (Left and Right)
6. Elevator Trim (Up and Down)
7. Elevator Stick (Up and Down)
Rudder Stick (Left and Right)
8. Battery Level Indicator
9. Charge Indicator
10. Rudder Trim (Left and Right)
2
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ODE 2
M
1. Mode Change Switch
2. Power Switch
3. Elevator Trim (Up and Down)
4. Aileron Stick (Left and Right)
Elevator Stick (Up and Down)
5. Aileron Trim (Left and Right)
6. Throttle Trim (Up and Down)
7. Throttle Stick (Up and Down)
Rudder Stick (Left and Right)
8. Battery Level Indicator
9. Charge Indicator
10. Rudder Trim (Left and Right)
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G. IDENTIFYING THE COMPONENTS OF YOUR TRANSMITTER - CONTINUED
11. Charger Cover
12. Batter Cover
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DIP Switches
WARNING!
The small white DIP switches located in the recess on
the front of the transmitter have been factory set to ensure
that the servos move the control surfaces in the correct
direction. Do not change the positions of the DIP Switches
as is could result in a plane that is unflyable.
PREPARATION
A. INSTALLING TRANSMITTER BATTERIES
▼ 1. Slide open the battery cover and insert 4 AA alkaline batteries (not supplied) into the transmitter
battery compartment. Make sure you observe the correct polarity. Refit the battery cover.
Four 1.5V AA Batteries
(Not Included)
Remove battery cover
Insert batteries ensuring
correct polarity is observed
B. CHARGING THE LI-PO BATTERY
Refit battery cover
Charge socket
▼1. Slide open the battery charger cover on the rear
of the transmitter.
▼2. Connect the 3.7V 150mAh Li-Po battery to its
charge socket.
▼3. The charge indicator on the front of the
transmitter will illuminate and the quick charge
commences. A full charge is completed in
3.7V 150mAh
around 40 minutes.
Li-Po battery
▼4. Once the charge process completes, the charge
indicator will go out. The battery can now be
removed and the cover replaced.
DO NOT LEAVE THE BATTERY CHARGING UNATTENDED!
IF THE BATTERY BECOMES HOT DURING CHARGING, DISCONNECT BATTERY & CHARGER
IMMEDIATELY!
▼5. Disconnect the battery from the transmitter's charge socket. Your Li-Po battery is ready for use.
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C. USING THE MODE CHANGE SWITCH
▼ 1. The transmitter can be used in Mode 1 or Mode 2
format. Mode 2 is the most popular mode in the UK
and uses the left-hand stick to control rudder and
throttle and the right-hand stick to control ailerons and
elevator.
▼ 2. To change the transmitter mode, move both the left
and right sticks to their mid-positions. Slide the mode
change switch all the way to the right for Mode 2 or all
the way to the left for Mode 1.
▼ 3. The mode change switch simultaneously swaps the
elevator stick spring over and changes the function of
the sticks.
IMPORTANT!
Make sure the switch is moved all the way to the left or
right to ensure that the sticks operate correctly.
MODE 1
With the transmitter sticks in their
mid positions, slide the mode change
switch all the way to the left or right
MODE 2
Throttle
Elevator
Aileron
Rudder
D. FITTING THE LI-PO BATTERY
▼ 1. Ensure the throttle is pulled back fully to the low throttle position.
▼ 2. Always turn ON the transmitter first.
▼ 3. With the power on, the transmitter battery level indicator should illuminate. If there is a continuous
beeping sound, the transmitter batteries need to be replaced.
▼ 4. Taking care to avoid the propeller, connect the charged Li-Po ensuring that the correct polarity is
observed. The plug and socket are shaped so that they only fit one way round. Attach the
connected battery to the underside of the model using the factory fitted hook and loop
material.
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OPERATION
CHOOSING YOUR FLYING FIELD
The flying field you choose should be a large, open field with grass. There must not be any vehicles,
buildings, power lines, trees, large rocks or anything else in the vicinity that the model can crash into. Keep
spectators away from the flying area.
No obstructions
with 500ft
Fly within the safe range of the transmitter. You must fly within 50 metres of the transmitter.
CHOOSING A DAY TO FLY
Only fly on a calm day where the wind speed does not exceed 3 to 5mph.
Strong Wind
Light Wind
OK!
NO!
PRE-FLIGHT CHECKS
Before flying it is important to carry out a series of pre-flight checks to ensure that model is ready to be
flown safely.
▼ 1. Check the model for any bent or damaged
components.
▼ 2. Ensure that the propeller and spinner are
firmly attached.
▼ 4. To reduce the risk of injury or damage from a
spinning propeller, have an assistant hold the
model securely from behind.
▼ 5. Make sure that the model responds correctly
to the controls and each surface moves in
the correct direction. Ensure the surfaces are
level with the transmitter sticks
released.
▼ 3. Make sure there is nobody near the propeller,
then switch ON the transmitter. Now connect
a fully charged battery to the model.
▼ 6. With your assistant holding the model on
the ground, walk at least 10 metres away
and check that
everything
operates as it
should.
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OPERATION
TAKING OFF
▼1. With the model facing into the wind, open
the throttle fully. Holding the plane with
the wings level, launch the model straight
and level.
▼2. After launching, use the ailerons and
elevator to keep the model flying straight
and level. Do not try to climb out too
quickly after launch. Allow the model
to climb at no more than 5 to 10°. Once
happy, begin to perform gentle left and
right hand circuits to familiarise yourself
with the model's controls.
ADJUSTING THE TRIMS
▼1. The transmitter trims are used to ensure that the model flies straight and level when the
transmitter sticks are released.
▼2. If the model rolls to the right when the aileron stick is released, adjust the aileron trim to the left. If
the model dives when the elevator stick is released, adjust the elevator trim by pulling it back.
Left rudder
trim required
Down elevator
trim required
▼3. The trims make a beeping sound
corresponding to the position that they
are in. When moved to their centre
position, they make a double beep sound.
At the extremes of travel, they make a
long beep sound.
TRIM
Neutral
Beeeep Beep
Beep Beep Beep Beep Beep
Beep
Beep Beeeep
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OPERATION
LANDING
▼1. When the battery falls below a certain voltage, the auto-cut system will ensure that power to the
motor is cut so that sufficient battery remains for radio operation. Typically, flight times of around 3
to 4 minutes per charge will be possible.
▼2. As the power
begins to reduce,
prepare for landing
by performing a
large circuit and
make your final
turn in towards the
wind. Always land
into wind.
Final circuit
Landing
approach
Landing into wind
Use the ailerons and elevator to keep the
model level. Just before touch down, apply
a little up elevator to 'flair' on landing.
Try to keep the model horizontal
using gentle elevator control.
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Begin the landing approach
facing into wind. Keep the wings
level using the ailerons.
Use the throttle stick to reduce the power and
control the model's height while landing.
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OPERATION
AFTER LANDING
▼1. After flying,
disconnect the
battery by gently
pulling apart the
connectors. Do not
pull apart using the
wires.
OFF
▼2. Switch off the transmitter.
▼3. The battery may become hot in flight. Allow to cool before charging again.
POST-FLIGHT MAINTENANCE
▼1. Remove the battery from the model when not
in use.
▼2. Before the next flight, ensure that no screws
have come loose. Replace any damaged
parts.
▼3. Keep you model clean and store in a dry
place.
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SPARE PARTS
A
B
C
E
G
H
D
F
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SPARE PARTS LISTING
JP No
Description
A
AW00010
Airwing Micro Transmitter
B
AW00050
Airwing Micro 4 Blade Propeller - P-51D/Spitfire
C
AW00055
Airwing Micro 2 Blade Propeller - Waco
D
AW00070
Airwing Micro 3.7V 150mAh Li-Po Battery
E
AW00100
Airwing Micro Wing - P-51D
F
AW00105
Airwing Micro Wing - Spitfire
G
AW00130
Airwing Micro Undercarriage - Spitfire
H
AW00135
Airwing Micro Undercarriage - P-51D
I
AW00140
Airwing Micro Undercarriage - Waco
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LITHIUM RECHARGEABLE BATTERY SAFETY
Before Charging Li-Po Batteries
■ Before charging your battery, check for any physical damage. Check if the battery has expanded or
swollen in size, or if the battery cell has been punctured. If any of the above is true: DO NOT CHARGE
THE BATTERY!
Charging Li-Po Batteries
■ Only use the integral charger in the transmitter or a charger that is designed to charge Lithium Polymer
(Li-Po) batteries. Never use a Ni-Cd, Ni-MH or other charger as this is very dangerous.
■ Never attempt to charge at a rate faster than that recommended.
■ Never charge Li-Po batteries unattended. Always stay with your battery while charging in case of
overheating or fire.
■ Charge on a safe surface or container. Charge only on non-flammable surfaces, such as a concrete
floor preferably outdoors, or in a Pyrex cooking dish with the battery placed on a bed of sand, or in a
fireplace. Never charge inside a car!
■ Remove the battery from the charger if the battery gets too hot. If the battery becomes hot to the touch
during charging, disconnect it immediately.
■ Extinguish fires with sand. If something goes wrong and your battery catches fire, always have sand
from a fire bucket at hand to put out the flames. Do NOT use water!
Using Li-Po Batteries
■ Do not modify/change any part of the battery or connector. Do not remove its protective covering.
Removal or modification may damage the battery and will invalidate any warranty claim.
■ Do not place Li-Po batteries near fire or anything with high temperatures.
■ Do not charge batteries while you are driving and do not store batteries in any type of motor vehicle.
■ Do not let the battery get wet or become submerged in any type of liquid.
■ Do not carry loose batteries in your pocket or bag as they could short-circuit against other items.
■ If you should get electrolyte from the cells on your skin, wash thoroughly with soap and water. If in your
eyes, rinse thoroughly with water. Seek medical assistance.
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