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ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS
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Phase 3 Models,
P.O. Box No. 402,
Texaco Road PO,
New Territories, Hong Kong.
All Contents Copyright © 2007, Phase 3 Models
Version 1 April 2007 - All Rights Reserved
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EPP sheet foam, open-frame construction
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Extensive carbon fibre reinforcement
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Low wing loading
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Factory-built - only simple construction remains
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Durable design - will take plenty of abuse!
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Easy to repair
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Pre-painted, attractive colour scheme - easy to see in the air
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Includes all necessary hardware
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Fast and easy assembly - over 50 high-resolution photos to guide you
specifications
Wing Span: 851mm (33.5 Inches)
Length: 768mm (30.25 Inches)
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Wing Area: 20dm2 (310 Square Inches)
Weight RTF: 411g (14.5 Ounces)
Functions: Ailerons, Elevator, Rudder and Throttle
Motor Required: 2208/09 Direct Drive Brushless
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Wing Loading: 21g/dm2 (6.7 Ounces/Square Foot)
Radio Required: 4-Channel or more with 4 Micro Servos and Micro Rx
ESC Required: 18Amp Brushless
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Battery Required: 3 Cell 900mAH Li-PO
CUSTOMER SERVICE INFORMATION
Please refer to the separate sheet included with your kit for Customer Service Information
Made in China
Page Kit Product Number PH012
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction .............................................................................................2
Motor Installation......................................................................................6
Safety Warning.........................................................................................2
Wing Installation.......................................................................................8
Our Guarantee.........................................................................................2
Stabiliser Installation................................................................................9
Our Recommendations............................................................................3
Control Surface Hinging.........................................................................10
Important Information About EPP Foam................................................... 3
Control Systems Installation...................................................................13
Lithium Polymer Battery Warnings - Please Read................................... 4
Landing Gear Installation ......................................................................16
Tools and Supplies Required.................................................................... 5
Final Assembly.......................................................................................17
Kit Contents..............................................................................................5
Balance Point and Control Throws......................................................... 19
Tips From the Pros...................................................................................6
Pre-Flight Check and Safety..................................................................19
INTRODUCTION
Thank you for purchasing the Phase 3 Models Quick Time 3D EP. We're confident that the quality of your new aircraft meets and
even exceeds your expectations. Before completing the final assembly of your new aircraft, please carefully read through
these assembly instructions in their entirety. Doing so will ensure your success the first time around!
These assembly instructions are designed to guide you through the entire assembly process of your new aircraft in the least amount
of time possible. Along the way you'll learn how to properly assemble your new aircraft and also learn tips that will help you in the
future. We have listed some of our recommendations below. Please read through them before beginning assembly.
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Please read through each step before beginning assembly.
You should find the layout very complete and straightforward.
Our goal is to guide you through assembly without any of the
headaches and hassles that you might expect.
There are check boxes next to each procedure. After you
complete a procedure, tick the box. This will help prevent you
from losing your place.
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Keep a couple of small bowls or jars handy to put the small parts
in after you open the accessory bags.
We're all excited to get a new aircraft in the air, but take your
time. This will ensure you build a straight, strong and great flying
aircraft.
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If you come across this symbol
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important point or an assembly hint.
Cover your work table with brown paper or a soft cloth, both to
protect the table and to protect the parts.
SAFETY WARNING
This R/C aircraft is not a toy! If misused or abused, it can cause serious bodily injury and/or damage to property. Fly only in open areas
and preferably at a dedicated R/C flying site. We suggest having a qualified instructor carefully inspect your aircraft before its first
flight. Please carefully read and follow all instructions included with this aircraft, your radio control system and any other components
purchased separately.
OUR GUARANTEE
Phase 3 Models guarantees this kit to be free from defects in both material and workmanship at the date of purchase. This does
not cover any component parts damaged by use, misuse or modification. In no case shall Phase 3 Models's liability exceed
the original cost of the purchased kit.
In that Phase 3 Models has no control over the final assembly or material used for final assembly, no liability shall be assumed for any
damage resulting from the use by the user of the final user-assembled product. By the act of using the final user-assembled product,
the user accepts all resulting liability.
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This section describes our recommendations to help you decide which accessories to purchase for your new aircraft.
Please read through this entire section very carefully. We have provided you with recommendations that,
if followed, will result in a great flying aircraft. Failure to follow our recommendations may result in a poor
flying aircraft.
High-Performance and Hovering brushless power system
The Quick Time 3D EP can be flown using a variety of brushless direct drive motors. For the best flight performance (ideal for high
performance flight and hovering), use the power system recommended below. For 'economy' aerobatics, we recommend the Alternate
Brushless Power System. This power system will still provide spirited flight performance and is more inexpensive.
KMS 2208/09 Brushless Motor
KMS 18Amp Brushless ESC
l APC 10 x 3.8 Slow Flyer Propeller
l Impulse Power 3C 900mAH Li-PO Battery
l ProPeak Quattro Li-PO DC Charger
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Economy aerobatic brushless power system
KMS KBM 31/08 Brushless Outrunner Motor
l KMS 18Amp Brushless ESC
l APC 10 x 3.8 Slow Flyer Propeller
l KMS Motor Adapter for Stick Mount
l Impulse Power 3C 900mAH Li-PO Battery
l ProPeak Quattro Li-PO DC Charger
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Recommended Radio, Receiver and Servos
You will need to use a transmitter with 4 or more channels and a 4 or more
channel micro receiver. Ideally, the transmitter should feature both dual and
exponential rates for the ailerons, elevator and rudder. The receiver should be
as light as possible, preferably around 9 grams.
The servos you use should be the lightest available, yet still have an adequate
amount of torque. We suggest using servos that weigh no more than 10 grams
and have a torque rating of no less than 0.8kg/cm (11oz/in). Cirrus CS301 or similar micro servos will work well.
Here's a List of What We used to finish the Quick Time 3D EP shown in these instructions
QTY. 1 6 Channel FM Transmitter
QTY. 1 ProPeak Quattro Li-PO Charger
QTY. 1 Cirrus 4 Channel FM Micro Receiver
QTY. 1 KMS Stick Mount Adapter for KMS Outrunner Motors
QTY. 1 Cirrus Crystal for Receiver
QTY. 2 305mm (12") Servo Extensions
QTY. 1 KMS KBM 31/08 Brushless Outrunner Motor
QTY. 1 Y-Lead
QTY. 1 KMS 18Amp Brushless ESC
QTY. 1 Xtra 2mm Gold Connector Set
QTY. 4 Cirrus CS301 Micro Servos
QTY. 1 Double-Sided Tape
QTY. 1 APC 10 x 3.8 Slow Flyer Propeller
QYT. 1 Velcro (Hook and Loop) Material
QTY. 1 Impulse Power 3C 900mAH Li-PO Battery
A WARNING ABOUT WORKING WITH EPP FOAM
The Quick Time 3D EP is constructed of EPP foam. In addition to using 5 minute epoxy for assembly, you can use C/A (cyanoacrylate)
for a lot of steps to reduce the building time.
We don't suggest using any type of C/A accelerator or "Kicker" since these products can damage the factory-applied paint.
Do not use any harsh solvents, such as acetone, to clean the airframe. Harsh solvents will damage the factory-applied paint and
may melt the foam. It is okay to use rubbing alcohol. If you want to add more painted details to your aircraft, use water-based acrylic
paints and test on a scrap piece first.
Page LITHIUM POLYMER BATTERY WARNINGS - PLEASE READ
WARNINGS AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR ALL BRANDS OF LITHIUM POLYMER BATTERIES
Please read and understand the warnings listed in this section. Make sure you read any and all warnings
included in the packaging with your battery, too. If used improperly, lithium polymer batteries can be very
dangerous, so please follow these warnings and suggestions at all times.
This product may explode or catch fire. Serious injury can result from misuse. Serious injury, loss of property, fire and death can
result from misuse of this product.
l All instructions, warnings and cautions must be followed at all times. Failure to do so can lead to serious injury or fire.
l Do NOT use this product before reading and understanding all directions and warnings.
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Do NOT overcharge. Maximum voltage for each pack must be followed.
l Do NOT over-discharge. NEVER discharge below minimum volts.
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Do NOT discharge at a rate greater than the maximum continuous discharge.
l Do NOT use or charge if the battery is hot.
l ONLY use a charger made for Lithium Polymer batteries.
l Do NOT charge at a rate higher than 1C. Example: if the battery’s rating is 340mAH, then the charger’s charge rate must be set at
340mAH or less.
l Do NOT leave in direct sunlight or in a hot car or storage area.
l Do NOT get wet or expose to moisture.
l Do NOT short-circuit the battery.
l ONLY discharge and charge the battery outdoors or in a firesafe container.
l Do NOT charge with reverse polarity.
l Do NOT leave the battery connected when not in use.
l Do NOT operate or charge unattended.
l Do NOT solder to the battery directly and do not get the battery hot in any way.
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CHARGING PRECAUTIONS FOR ALL BRANDS OF LITHIUM POLYMER BATTERIES
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Do NOT use the product if you do not understand the warnings and proper use of the product. Always let the battery cool and "rest" between uses and charging.
l To avoid over-discharging, only use a speed controller that is made for Li-PO batteries.
l We recommend the use of a firesafe container when charging or storing.
l Do NOT charge inside your car or inside your house.
l Inspect the battery before each use for swelling or other malformation. If the cells have ballooned, the battery MUST be discarded.
l Set the charger to 1C (charge at 1/2C or less for the first 5 cycles).
l Check polarity and then connect battery to charger.
l In use, do not over-discharge or exceed maximum discharge.
l When handling the battery, remember not to poke, bend or damage the cells. The cell outer casing is soft and can be damaged.
l Remember, the cells must never exceed 71 degrees Celcius (160 degrees Fahrenheit) for any reason.
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Page TOOLS AND SUPPLIES REQUIRED
q 5 Minute Epoxy
q Pencil
q Thin and Thick C/A
q T-Pins
q #0 and #1 Phillips Head Screwdrivers
q Set Square
q1.5mm Allen Key
q 220 Grit Sandpaper with Sanding Block
q Adjustable Wrench
q Masking Tape
q Wire Cutters
q Paper Towels
q Z-Bend Pliers
q Rubbing Alcohol
q Needle Nose Pliers
q Epoxy Mixing Sticks
q Modelling Knife
q Epoxy Mixing Cups
q Scissors
q Soldering Iron
q Electric or Hand Drill
q Solder
q Assorted Drill Bits
q Heat-Shrink Tubing (Assorted Sizes)
q Straight Edge Ruler
q Heat Gun (for Heat-Shrink Tubing)
KIT CONTENTS
Before you begin assembly, group the parts as we list them below. This will ensure that you have all of the parts before you begin
assembly and it will also help you become familiar with each part.
If you find any parts missing or damaged, please contact your local MODEL SHOP, using the
SEPARATE Customer Service Information SHEET INCLUDED WITH YOUR KIT.
q (A) Fuselage with Cowling - 1
q (B) Wing with Ailerons - 1
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q (C) Horizontal Stabiliser with Elevator - 1
q (D) Rudder - 1
q (E) Landing Gear Wire - 1
q (F) Plywood Landing Gear Retainer - 1
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q (G) Wheels - 2
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q (H) Plywood Wheel Retainers - 2
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q (I) Pushrod Wires - 3
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q (J) Plastic Control Horns - 6
q (K) Plastic Clevises - 4
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q (L) Wood Screws - 12
q (M) Hinges - 15
q (N) Motor Mounting Plate - 1
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TIPS FROM THE PROS
Cleaning Up the Airframe:
You may notice that the airframe has some small pieces of melted foam "strings" left from the hot-wire cutting process. You can remove
these quickly by very lightly sanding the foam with 220 grit sandpaper. We don't suggest sanding the painted areas or the paint will
be removed, too. You can remove any larger strings from the painted areas by pulling them off with your fingers.
Test-Fitting the Parts:
Make sure the parts are test-fitted together before applying glue. This will ensure that the parts fit properly before gluing them
together.
Storage and Transport:
We do not suggest storing your aircraft in an extremely hot environment (like the back of your car in direct sunlight) for any length
of time. The extreme heat could damage the foam parts and possibly damage the fragile components of the radio control system or
battery.
Installing the Motor:
Even though measurements are provided to help you line up the motor at the correct depth so that the cowling will fit properly, we
suggest temporarily installing the cowling before gluing the motor mounting stick in place to double-check the fit.
Cutting the Hinge Slots:
When cutting the hinge slots in the control surfaces, hold a straight edge against the side of the control surface to keep it from flexing
and bending. Keeping the control surface straight will make it easier to cut the hinge slots along the centreline.
Gluing Smooth Surfaces:
When gluing anything that has a smooth surface, like the landing gear wire, pushrod wire or plastic, roughen the gluing surfaces lightly
with 220 grit sandpaper. This will improve the glue's bond.
MOTOR INSTALLATION
You'll Need the following parts FROM THE KIT:
q Fuselage with Cowling - 1
q Motor Mounting Plate - 1
q Motor Mounting Stick - 1
You'll Need the following TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:
q 5 Minute Epoxy
q Pencil
q #1 Phillips Head Screwdriver
q Paper Towels
q1.5mm Allen Key
q Rubbing Alcohol
q Modelling Knife
q Epoxy Mixing Sticks
q Straight Edge Ruler
q Epoxy Mixing Cups
IMPORTANT This section shows mounting two different types of brushless motors. Step 1A shows the installation of the KMS 31/08
brushless Outrunner motor, using the KMS stick mount adapter. Step 1B shows the installation of the radial-mounted KMS 2208/09
brushless motor. Follow the step that matches the motor type you're using.
Step 1A: INSTALLING THE Motor - KMS 31/08 Brushless Outrunner or similar
q Loosen the grub screw from the side of the motor mount, then carefully,
but firmly, pull the motor mount off the motor.
IMPORTANT Be careful not to damage the motor wires.
Page q Install the KMS motor mount adapter (available separately) onto the
motor, using the machine screw, hex nut and washer included with the
adapter.
q Install the motor assembly onto the end of the motor mounting stick, using
two small wood screws (not included).
PRO TIP After flying the aircraft, you may want to add right and/or down
thrust to the motor. You can do this by trimming the mounting end of the
stick at a slight angle. Please see page 19 for more information.
q Install your propeller onto the motor.
IMPORTANT Before test-fitting and mounting the motor in the next few procedures, make sure that you install the motor mounting
stick so that the motor is towards the bottom of the fuselage.
q Remove the cowling from the fuselage and set it aside.
q Slide the motor mounting stick assembly into the moulded channel in
the fuselage. When positioned properly, the back edge of the propeller
should be 121mm (4-3/4") in front of the front of the fuselage.
IMPORTANT You may need to cut the motor mounting stick shorter to
achieve the correct fit.
q When satisfied with the fit and alignment, glue the motor mounting stick into the fuselage.
Step 1B: INSTALLING THE Motor - KMS 2208/09 Brushless or similar
The KMS 2208/09 brushless motor features a rear-mounted propeller adapter and an aluminium radial mount that's compatible
with the predrilled holes in the motor mounting plate.
q Install the propeller adapter and the radial motor mounting plate onto
your motor, using the screws provided with your motor.
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(not included).
PRO TIP After flying the aircraft, you may want to add right and/or down
thrust to the motor. You can do this by adding thin washers between
the motor mount and the mounting plate. Please see page 19 for more
information.
IMPORTANT Before test-fitting and mounting the motor in the next few procedures, make sure that you install the motor
mounting plate assembly so that the motor is towards the top of the fuselage.
q Remove the cowling from the fuselage and set it aside.
q Slide the motor mounting plate assembly into the moulded channel in
the fuselage. When positioned properly, the front edge of the propeller
mount should be 121mm (4-3/4") in front of the front of the fuselage.
q When satisfied with the fit and alignment, glue the motor mounting plate
into the fuselage.
WING INSTALLATION
You'll Need the following parts FROM THE KIT:
q Wing with Ailerons - 1
You'll Need the following TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:
q Thick C/A
q Set Square
q Straight Edge Ruler
q 220 Grit Sandpaper with Sanding Block
q Pencil
Step 1: Aligning the wing
q Set the ailerons aside for now.
q Carefully draw a centreline mark on the top of the wing, at the leading
edge, using the centreline joint on the bottom of the wing as a guide.
q Measure out 32mm (1-1/4") to the right and to the left of the centreline
mark (C/L) and draw two more marks (A).
IMPORTANT These two outer marks represent the sides of the fuselage
and will be used to centre the wing.
Page q Carefully draw a centreline mark on the top of the wing, at the trailing
edge, using the centreline joint on the bottom of the wing as a guide.
q Measure out 25mm (1") to the right and to the left of the centreline mark
(C/L) and draw two more marks (A).
IMPORTANT Again, these two outer marks represent the sides of the
fuselage and will be used to centre the wing.
q Slide the wing into the fuselage and line up the two outer marks at both
the leading edge and the trailing edge with the fuselage sides.
IMPORTANT You may need to lightly sand the wing opening, so that
the wing slides into position easier.
q Use a set square to double-check that the wing is perpendicular to the
fuselage side. If it's not, you may need to remove the wing and lightly
sand down the higher side of the wing opening until you're satisfied with
the alignment.
q When you slide the wing into position, it's possible that the fuselage
sides on the bottom of the wing might get distorted. Use a straight edge
to double-check that the fuselage sides are straight.
Step 2: installing the wing
q When satisfied with the alignment, glue the wing to the fuselage, using
thick C/A.
IMPORTANT Make sure a generous bead of C/A is applied to all of
the glue joints.
STABILISER INSTALLATION
You'll Need the following parts FROM THE KIT:
q Horizontal Stabiliser with Elevator - 1
You'll Need the following TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:
q Thick C/A
q Pencil
q Straight Edge Ruler
q 220 Grit Sandpaper with Sanding Block
Page Step 1: Aligning the stabiliser
q Set the elevator aside for now.
q Draw a centreline mark on the trailing edge of the stabiliser.
q Slide the stabiliser into the fuselage and align it. The notch in the leading
edge should fit around the fuselage sides and the centreline mark you
drew should be centred with the middle of the fuselage.
q Look from the front of the aircraft at both the wing and the stabiliser. When
aligned properly, the stabiliser should be parallel to the wing.
IMPORTANT It might be necessary to trim down one side of the stabiliser
mounting slot to make the stabiliser parallel to the wing.
Step 2: installing the stabiliser
q When satisfied with the alignment, glue the stabiliser to the fuselage,
using thick C/A.
IMPORTANT Make sure a generous bead of C/A is applied to all of
the glue joints.
CONTROL SURFACE HINGING
You'll Need the following parts FROM THE KIT:
q Rudder - 1
q Hinges - 15
You'll Need the following TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:
q 5 Minute Epoxy
q Paper Towels
q Modelling Knife
q Rubbing Alcohol
q Straight Edge Ruler
q Epoxy Mixing Sticks
q Pencil
q Epoxy Mixing Cups
q Masking Tape
IMPORTANT Even though C/A-style hinges are included, because they're being glued directly into foam, we've found that using
5 minute epoxy to glue them into place works better than C/A. The 5 minute epoxy allows a longer working time, too, which makes it
easier to line up the control surfaces and hinge them properly.
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Step 1: hinging THE ailerons
q Sand a 45º bevel into the top and bottom of the leading edge of one
aileron, making sure that the bevels line up along the centreline.
q Mark the four locations for the aileron hinges onto the aileron.
q Carefully cut four hinge slots in the leading edge of the aileron at the marks
that you drew, then cut four hinge slots at the corresponding locations in
the trailing edge of the wing.
IMPORTANT Make sure that you cut the hinge slots on the centreline
of both the leading edge of the aileron and the trailing edge of the wing.
q Apply a thin layer of 5 minute epoxy to one half of each hinge, then slide
the hinges halfway into the aileron, making sure that the hinges are
centred and straight.
+Allow the epoxy to cure before proceeding.
q Apply a thin layer of 5 minute epoxy to the exposed half of each hinge,
then hinge the aileron to the wing. The tip of the aileron should be even
with the wing tip and the aileron should be pushed firmly against the
trailing edge. Use masking tape to hold the aileron in place until the epoxy
cures.
q After the epoxy has cured, pivot the aileron up and down several times
to ensure free hinge movement, then repeat the previous procedures to
hinge the second aileron to the other half of the wing.
Step 2: hinging THE elevator
q Sand a 45º bevel into the top and bottom of the leading edge of the
elevator, making sure that the bevels line up along the centreline.
IMPORTANT Make sure that the bevel is sanded into the front edge of
the plywood elevator support plate, too. If you don't, the elevator won't
be able to pivot down.
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q Mark the four locations for the elevator hinges onto the elevator.
q Cut four hinge slots into the leading edge of the elevator, then glue the
hinges into place, using the same techniques that you used to cut the
hinge slots and glue the hinges into the ailerons.
+Allow the epoxy to cure before proceeding.
q Cut the corresponding hinge slots into the trailing edge of the stabiliser,
then hinge the elevator to the stabiliser, using the same techniques that
you used to hinge the ailerons to the wing.
+Remember, once the epoxy has cured, pivot the elevator up and down
several times to ensure free hinge movement.
Step 3: hinging THE rudder
q Sand a 45º bevel into the right and left side of the leading edge of the
rudder, making sure that the bevels line up along the centreline.
q Cut three hinge slots into the leading edge of the rudder, then glue the
hinges into place, using the same techniques that you used to cut the
hinge slots and glue the hinges into the ailerons and the elevator.
+Allow the epoxy to cure before proceeding.
q Cut the corresponding hinge slots into the back of the fuselage, then hinge
the rudder to the fuselage, using the same techniques that you used to
hinge the elevator to the stabiliser.
+Remember, once the epoxy has cured, pivot the rudder right and left
several times to ensure free hinge movement.
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CONTROL SYSTEMS INSTALLATION
You'll Need the following parts FROM THE KIT:
q Pushrod Wires - 3
q Plastic Clevises - 4
q Plastic Control Horns - 6
q Wood Screws - 12
You'll Need the following TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:
q 5 Minute Epoxy
q1.6mm (1/16") Drill Bit
q Thin C/A
q Ruler
q #0 and #1 Phillips Head Screwdrivers
q Pencil
q Wire Cutters
q 220 Grit Sandpaper with Sanding Block
q Z-Bend Pliers
q Paper Towels
q Needle Nose Pliers
q Rubbing Alcohol
q Modelling Knife
q Epoxy Mixing Sticks
q Electric or Hand Drill
q Epoxy Mixing Cups
Step 1: installing the elevator AND rudder servos
IMPORTANT The receiver is mounted directly below the canopy. If your elevator and rudder servo leads are not long enough to
reach the canopy, install 305mm (12") long servo extension leads onto the servos now.
q Install the elevator and rudder servos into the servo mounting holes in
the back of the fuselage. Use a dab of 5 minute epoxy to secure them into
place.
+Because the size of servos differs, you may need to cut the servo
mounting holes larger to fit your particular servos.
IMPORTANT Both servo output shafts should be orientated towards the back of the fuselage.
q Install the aileron servos into the servo mounting holes in the fuselage.
Use a dab of 5 minute epoxy to secure them into place.
+Because the size of servos differs, you may need to cut the servo
mounting holes larger to fit your particular servos.
IMPORTANT Both servo output shafts should be orientated towards
the back of the fuselage.
Step 2: installing the ELEVATOR control linkage assembly
IMPORTANT When you install the elevator control horn in the next procedure, you don't need to install the control horn backplate.
The control horn will mount directly to the plywood elevator support plate.
q Install one control horn onto the bottom right-hand side of the elevator,
13mm (1/2") out from the side of the fuselage, using the three wood
screws provided.
PRO TIP Drill 1.6mm (1/16") diameter pilot holes through the plywood
support plate for the wood screws.
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q Cut one pushrod wire exactly in half, then make a Z-Bend in one end of
one pushrod wire.
q So that you can adjust the length of the pushrod after it's installed,
carefully make a V-Shaped bend in the pushrod wire 25mm (1") behind
the Z-Bend.
q Cut away all but one arm from a servo horn, then attach the pushrod wire
into the outermost hole in the servo arm.
+You may need to enlarge the hole, using a 1.6mm (1/16") drill bit, to fit
the pushrod wire.
q Centre the elevator servo, then attach the servo arm onto the servo,
making sure that it's centred and pointing down.
q With both the elevator and the servo arm centred, cut off the pushrod
wire 3mm (1/8") in front of the control horn.
q Lightly sand the end of the pushrod wire to roughen the surface, so that
the glue will stick to it when you install the clevis.
q Remove the backplate from one control horn, then slide the control horn
over the pushrod wire (through the centre hole in the control horn).
q Position the control horn so that the pushrod lines up with the elevator
control horn, then glue the control horn to the fuselage side. This control
horn will support the pushrod wire and keep it from flexing.
IMPORTANT Before gluing the clevis to the pushrod wire in the next procedure, make sure to roughen the wire with 220 grit
sandpaper, so that the glue will bond securely.
q Double-check that both the elevator and the servo arm are still centred,
then slide one clevis over the end of the pushrod wire and snap it into
the outermost hole in the control horn.
q Glue the clevis to the pushrod wire, using a couple of drops of thin C/A.
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Step 3: installing the rudder control linkage assembly
q Carefully trim away the innermost hole from one control horn, as shown.
IMPORTANT You must trim the control horn like this so that it won't hit
the fuselage side when the rudder pivots right and left.
q Install the control horn onto the left side of the rudder, 76mm (3") up from
the bottom of the rudder, using the three wood screws and the control
horn backplate provided.
IMPORTANT Be careful not to overtighten the wood screws or else
you'll crush the foam.
q Make a Z-Bend and a V-Shaped bend in the second pushrod wire, then
install the servo arm onto the rudder servo, using the same techniques
that you used to install the servo arm onto the elevator servo.
IMPORTANT The servo arm should point toward the top of the fuselage
and the pushrod wire should be installed in the outermost hole in the
servo arm.
q Remove the backplate from one control horn, then slide the control horn
over the pushrod wire (through the centre hole in the control horn).
q Position the control horn so that the pushrod lines up with the rudder
control horn, then glue the control horn to the fuselage side.
q Install the pushrod wire and the clevis to the control horn, using the same
techniques that you used to install the pushrod wire and the clevis to the
elevator control horn.
IMPORTANT Before gluing the clevis to the pushrod wire, remember to
double-check that both the rudder servo arm and the rudder are centred.
Don't forget to roughen the gluing surfaces of the pushrod wire, too.
Step 4: installing the aileron control linkage assemblies
q Install one control horn onto the top of each aileron, 16mm (5/8") out from
the inside edge of the aileron, using the six wood screws and the control
horn backplates provided.
IMPORTANT Be careful not to overtighten the wood screws or else
you'll crush the foam.
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q Install both aileron linkage assemblies, using the same techniques that
you used to install the elevator and rudder linkage assemblies.
+The servo arms should point down towards the wing and the pushrod wires should be installed into the outermost hole in the
servo arms. The clevises should be installed into the outermost hole in the control horns and the V-Bends should be made 25mm
(1") behind the Z-Bends, too.
q After the C/A has cured, double-check that all of the control surfaces are
centred. If necessary, you can centre them by adjusting the width of the
V-Shaped bend in each of the pushrod wires. Use a pair of needle nose
pliers to make your adjustments. Opening the bend will lengthen the
pushrod and closing the bend will shorten the pushrod.
LANDING GEAR INSTALLATION
You'll Need the following parts FROM THE KIT:
q Landing Gear Wire - 1
q Wheels - 2
q Plywood Landing Gear Retainer - 1
q Plywood Wheel Retainers - 2
You'll Need the following TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:
q 5 Minute Epoxy
q Rubbing Alcohol
q Modelling Knife
q Epoxy Mixing Sticks
q 220 Grit Sandpaper with Sanding Block
q Epoxy Mixing Cups
q Paper Towels
Step 1: Installing the landing gear WIRE
q Push the landing gear wire firmly down into the mounting slot, making
sure that the landing gear wire is straight when viewed from the front.
q Apply a generous amount of epoxy to the plywood landing gear retainer,
then push the landing gear retainer firmly down into the mounting slot to
wedge the landing gear wire firmly into place.
IMPORTANT Before the glue cures, double-check that the landing gear wire is straight when viewed from the front.
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Step 2: Installing the WHEELS
q Slide one wheel onto each axle and secure the wheels into place, using
the two plywood wheel retainers.
IMPORTANT Apply a dab of epoxy to the plywood wheel retainers to secure them to the axles. Be careful not to get glue
between the wheels and the axles.
FINAL ASSEMBLY
You'll Need the following TOOLS AND SUPPLIES:
q Modelling Knife
q Soldering Iron
q Scissors
q Solder
q Electric or Hand Drill
q Heat-Shrink Tubing
q 2mm (5/64") Drill Bit
q Heat Gun (for Heat-Shrink Tubing)
Step 1: installing the electronic speed controlLER
q Mount your ESC to the top of the battery mount, using a piece of
double-sided foam tape (not included). Run the battery leads out the
front of the aircraft.
IMPORTANT Run the throttle lead through the slot in the fuselage at the top of the wing and into the cockpit area.
Step 2: installing the receiver
IMPORTANT The receiver is mounted onto the fuselage floor, directly below the canopy. You can access it by simply pushing
back the front of the canopy. The foam is flexible enough so that it won't break and it will retain its original shape when released.
Use a Y-Harness to connect the two aileron servo leads together.
q Plug the servo and ESC leads into their proper slots in your receiver, then
mount your receiver to the fuselage floor, using a piece of double-sided
foam tape (not included).
q Run the aerial out the side of the fuselage and secure it along the side of the fuselage, using pieces of clear tape (not included).
Do not cut the aerial shorter. Allow the excess to hang beyond the back of the fuselage.
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Step 3: installing the battery
q Mount the battery to the bottom of the battery mount, using a piece of
Velcro (hook and loop material - not included).
PRO TIP For better hovering ability, install the battery under the canopy.
Please note that this will move the C/G back and the aircraft will become
less stable.
Step 4: installing the cowling and propeller
q Cut out the bottom of the cowling to access the battery, using the blue
painted edges as a guide.
q Slide the cowling onto the fuselage and double-check that it lines up at
both the top and the sides. The cutout in the front of the cowling should
be centred around the motor shaft, too.
q Use a couple of pieces of clear tape (not included) to secure the cowling
into place.
q Double-check that you can remove and install the battery easily through
the bottom of the cowling. Adjust the cutout in the bottom of the cowling,
if necessary.
q Install your propeller onto the motor.
This completes assembly. Please refer to the next page for information on balancing,
control throws, exponential and motor thrust settings.
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BALANCE POINT AND CONTROL THROWS
balance point
The Centre of Gravity (C/G or Balance Point) is 95mm (3-3/4") back from the leading edge of the TOP wing, measured at
the sides of the fuselage.
WARNING For test flying and general sport flying, we suggest you balance the aircraft at the C/G recommended above. For 3D
flying, you may want to experiment moving the C/G back in small increments until you're satisfied with the result.
control throws
Sport Flying
3D Flying
Ailerons:
30mm (1-3/16") Up and Down
Ailerons:As Much As Possible Up and Down
Elevator:
25mm (1") Up and Down
Elevator:As Much As Possible Up and Down
Rudder:
50mm (2") Right and Left
Rudder:As Much As Possible Right and Left
The control throws are measured from the widest point of the control surfaces
Exponential
Sport Flying
3D Flying
Ailerons:
30%
Ailerons:
40%
Elevator:
30%
Elevator:
40%
Rudder:
30%
Rudder:
40%
Exponential 'softens' the response of the control surfaces around the neutral stick position. This makes the aircraft easier to control
while using such large control throws. The Exponential values shown are given as a percent. Please note that different brands of radio
control systems may call for + or - Expo. Please check your transmitter's owners manual for more info.
MOTOR THRUST
To ensure great flight performance and to be able to trim your aircraft properly, it is critical that you adjust the motor thrust as
necessary. When set properly, the trim for the elevator and the rudder should be neutral. Fine-tune the down-thrust and right-thrust
amounts until this neutral trim is achieved.
q For the stick mount, carefully trim the end of the motor mounting q For the radial mount, add a thin washer between the top and
right side of the motor mount and mounting plate, so the motor
stick at a slight angle, so that the motor will have approximately
will have approximately 2º of down-thrust and right-thrust.
2º of down-thrust and right-thrust.
PREFLIGHT CHECK AND SAFETY
Check the operation of the throttle. Double-check that you're getting full power when the throttle control stick is at full.
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+ If you're using a computer radio, you may need to increase your throttle channel's EPA setting to result in full power. (Refer to
your radio system's operating guide for further information.)
Check the condition of the transmitter batteries. They should be fully charged.
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Check every glue joint in the aircraft to ensure that everything is tight and well-bonded.
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Double-check that you've installed and tightened all of the servo horn retaining screws.
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Double-check that the battery is properly secured into place. There's nothing worse than the battery coming loose during flight.
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Double-check the balance of the aircraft. Do this with the battery installed and the aircraft ready to fly.
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Check the control surfaces. They should all move in the correct direction and not bind.
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If your radio transmitter is equipped with dual rate switches, double-check that they are on the low-rate setting for your first few
flights.
Check to ensure that all of the control surfaces are moving the proper amount in both low and high rate settings.
Check the receiver aerial. It should be fully extended and not coiled up inside the fuselage. Do not cut the receiver aerial shorter
or the range of your radio control system will be greatly reduced.
You should complete a successful range check of your radio equipment prior to each new day of flying, or prior to the first flight of
a new or repaired model.
You should not knowingly operate your R/C radio system within 4 kilometers (3 miles) of a pre-existing model club flying field without
a frequency sharing agreement with that club.
Phase 3 Models,
P.O. Box No. 402,
Texaco Road PO,
New Territories, Hong Kong.
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