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Brushless powered Glider
factory fitted 2.4GHz Radio
ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS
ELECTRAGLIDE SPECIFICATIONS
Wingspan:
Length:
Weight (without battery):
Battery:
Power:
Radio Control:
Flight time:
1520mm (61”)
920mm (36”)
555g (18oz)
7.4V 1500mAh 12C LiPo
Brushless Motor 1050KV
EScale 2.4GHz/5ch
Up to approx. 15 minutes
CONTENTS
VITAL SAFETY INFO
weee disposal .................................................................. 2
Vital safety info ............................................................... 2
About the flying area required ...................................... 2
Training, crashes & spares ............................................ 2
important notice............................................................... 2
Guarantee/warranty ........................................................ 2
Kit contents ....................................................................... 3
NiMh battery safety......................................................... 4
Nimh flight battery ........................................................... 4
Charging the flight battery .......................................... 5
Assembling the ElectraGlide ........................................ 6
Switch on the transmitter .............................................. 8
Prepare for flight .............................................................. 9
Flycamone eco instructions ........................................ 10
Transmitter layout.......................................................... 12
Mode II transmitter layout ........................................ 12
Mode I transmitter layout ......................................... 12
Pairing the esc and transmitter .................................. 12
Control checks ............................................................... 13
Preflight checks ............................................................. 14
Flying................................................................................ 15
Take-off ........................................................................ 15
Landing......................................................................... 15
CAUTION! The ElectraGlide is not a toy.
It can cause injury to persons/animals and/or property if not
used correctly. It is 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
In Australia, please contact your hobby supplier or the Model
Aircraft Association of Australia (MAAA).
YOU ASSUME ALL RISK.
Before beginning construction, please read this document
thoroughly and familiarize yourself with the construction
sequence of the ElectraGlide. If any information in this manual
is unclear, please contact your supplier for help. After reading
this manual store it in a safe place for future reference.
This kit is a beginner-intermediate model, basic RC flying
knowledge and skills are required.
Warning: You must not use the camera for an illegal purpose.
You should carefully check all applicable laws in your area to
ensure that you do not breach any criminal or civil laws when using
or operating the camera and/or publishing any images. Videos and
photographs should not be taken or published without appropriate
consent of any person or company shown in any photographs or
images. Particular care must be taken to ensure that you do not
breach any civil or criminal laws relating to issues such as privacy,
voyeurism, confidentiality, stalking and harassment, aviation and
airports, national security, nuisance and trespass.
You are solely responsible for your actions.
Neither J Perkins Distribution Ltd/Model Engines (Aust.) Pty. Ltd. nor
its distributors shall be responsible for any liability or breach of the
law associated in any way relating to the use of this product.
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, CRASHES & SPARES
The ElectraGlide has been designed to be strong and very easy
to repair, however, it is 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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE
Please read the manual.
WEEE DISPOSAL
Do not dispose of this product with other household waste. Instead, it is your responsibility to dispose of your waste equipment
by handing it over to a designated collection point for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment. The separate
collection and recycling of your waste equipment at the time of disposal will help to conserve natural resources and ensure that it
is recycled in a manner that protects human health and the environment. For more information about where you can drop off your
waste equipment for recycling, please contact your local council, your household waste disposal service or the shop where you
purchased the product.
GUARANTEE/WARRANTY
J. Perkins Distribution Ltd guarantee this product to be free of manufacturing and assembly defects for a period of one year from time of
purchase. In Australia, the Model Engines (Aust.) Pty. Ltd. manufacturers warranty period is for 30 days. 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 this model 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/Model Engines (Aust.) Pty. Ltd. nor it’s distributors will be held liable
for any loss or damage arising from the use of this model 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 this product, contents and manuals without prior notification.
© 2010 J Perkins Distribution Ltd, Lenham, Kent, UK ME17 2DL. www.jperkinsdistribution.co.uk
Model Engines (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Noble Park, Victoria 3174, Australia. www.modelengines.com.au.
All rights reserved. E&OE.
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KIT CONTENTS
CONTENTS LIST
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1 2.4 GHz 5ch EScale Transmitter
1 Fuselage with 2.4 GHz receiver, 4x 9g Servos, Brushless motor 1050KV, 18A ESC, Folding Propeller and Spinner
2 Main Wing halves with Servos installed (left and right)
1 Wire Wing Spar
1 Horizontal Tail
1 Fin and Rudder
1 2-Cell 7.4V 1500mAh 12C LiPo Battery
1 Battery Charger
1 Leads for Battery Charger to connect to 12V battery
1 Mains power supply for charger
ADDITIONAL ITEMS REQUIRED
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Fuselage -ElectraGlide
Main Wing - ElectraGlide
Wing Joiner Rod - ElectraGlide (6 x 402mm)
Elevator and Horn - ElectraGlide
Rudder and Horn - ElectraGlide
Motor Mount Set - ElectraGlide)
Brushless Motor - ElectraGlide (2830)
18A ESC (Brushless Speed Controller)
7.4V 1500mAh LiPo Battery - ElectraGlide
9.2 X 7 Prop and Spinner - ElectraGlide
Spinner - ElectraGlide
Prop Adaptor - ElectraGlide
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LITHIUM POLYMER FLIGHT BATTERY
The Lithium polymer (Li-po) flight battery is a high power battery designed to give a flight time of up to 10 minutes per charge. It is
supplied in a partially charged state.
As well as a red T-Plug power lead, the battery is also fitted with a white 3-pin polarised connector. This is the charge lead.
When you have finished flying for the day, recharge the battery and always leave it in a partially or fully charged state. Never leave
your battery in a discharged state as this may damage the battery and shorten it’s life.
If you notice the ElectraGlider is losing power, land and recharge the battery.
Do not be tempted to run the battery past this stage as you will be over-discharging and the battery may be damaged.
WARNING!
We recommend that you use only the supplied charger with this battery.
WARNING!
Over-discharging will shorten the life of the battery or damage it.
WARNING!
Do not short circuit—battery may explode!
PLEASE READ THE SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING LI-POLY BATTERIES BELOW BEFORE PROCEEDING FURTHER.
LITHIUM POLYMER BATTERY SAFETY
Before Charging Li-po’s
■ Before charging your battery check for any damage e.g. check if the battery has expanded or swollen in size or if the battery
cells have been punctured. If any of the above is true: DO NOT CHARGE THE BATTERY!
Charging Li-po’s
■ Only use a charger designed to charge Lithium polymer batteries. Never use a nicad or other charger as this is very dangerous.
■ Never attempt to charge at a rate faster than that recommended in the instructions. Check that the battery cell count matches
the charger cell count switch (if fitted).
■ Never charge unattended. Always stay with your battery whilst charging in case of overheating or fire.
■ Charge on a safe surface or container (e.g. old unused microwave oven). Charge only on non-flammable surfaces, e.g. 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!
■ Switch off charger if battery gets too hot. If the battery becomes hot to the touch during charging, disconnect and switch off
immediately.
■ Extinguish fires with sand. If something goes wrong and your battery catches fire, always have sand from a fire bucket at hand
to douse the flames. Do NOT use water!
Using Li-po’s
■ Do not modify/change any part of the battery or lead. Do not remove its heat shrink protective covering. Removal or modification may damage the battery and will invalidate any warranty claim.
■ Do not place this battery near fires 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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CHARGING THE FLIGHT BATTERY
Li-Po battery
Mains power supply
for charger
DC power leads
Li-Po charger
The charger is designed to automatically charge the Li-Po battery in about 1 hour from a discharged state. The 12V DC
automatic charger is powered by the mains power supply illustrated above. Alternatively, you can use a 12 volt sealed
modelling battery to power the DC automatic charger..
1.
Connect the mains power supply to your wall
socket and the other end to the charger.
The LED on the charger will glow GREEN
showing power is available..
2.
Insert the white JST plug attached to the
battery into the white socket on the charger.
Make sure it is fully connected.
Charging: Whilst charging LED flashes RED
Fully charged: Fully charged LED is solid GREEN.
3.
When the battery is fully charged disconnect
the battery from the charger. Disconnect the
power supply from charger and the wall.
Your LiPo battery is ready for use
4.
Alternatively you can connect the charger
to a 12V lead acid battery or 12V switched
power supply using the supplied lead.
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ASSEMBLING THE ELECTRAGLIDE
5.
Locate and test fit the horizontal stabilizer
and elevator to the fuselage.
6.
Peel the proctective strip off the double sided
tape and carefully fit the horizontal stabilizer
and elevator to the fuselage.
Alternatively, remove the double sided tape
completely and glue the horizontal stabilizer
in place using 5-15min epoxy.
7.
Locate the vertical fin and rudder and test
fit on the fuselage making sure the hinge on
the rudder fits into the slot on the end of the
fusleage (inset picture).
8.
Peel the proctective strip off the double sided
tape and carefully fit the vertical fin and
rudder to the fuselage.
Alternatively, remove the double sided tape
completely and glue the horizontal tail in
place using 5-15min epoxy.
9.
Check your alignment.
The vertical fin should be at 90 degrees to the
horizontal stabilizer.
Tip - To aid with alignment you may prefer
to fit the wings first prior to attaching the
horizontal stabilzer and vertical fin.
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10. Connect the clear clevises to the elevator
horn and rudder horn. Push the ends of
the clevises firmly together to prevent them
coming off in flight.
Beginners should use the outside hole on the
horn.
More advanced flyers can use the inner holes
to increase control throws and sensitivity.
11. Locate the wire wing spar.
This will be installed with the ends pointing
up as shown.
12. Feed the wing spar through the plywood plate
in the fuselage with the ends pointing up.
13. Slide the wing panels onto the wire wing spar
making sure the ends of the wire are pointing
up not down.
Connect the elevator servo lead in each wing
to the matching leads in the fuselage.
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14. This picture shows the wings with wire wing
spar in place and servo leads connected
15. Slide one of the wing panels all the way into
the fusleage making sure the centre of the
wire wing spar stays in place and the ends of
the wire are pointing up.
15. Slide one other wing panel all the way into
the fusleage making sure the other wing
stays in place.
16. Check the aileron pushrods and clevises are
firmly attached.
Beginners should use the outside hole on the
aileron horn.
More advanced flyers can use the inner
holes on the aileron horn to increase control
throws and sensitivity.
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17. To futher reduce sensitivity the wire may be
moved to the inner holes of the servo horns.
(Shown here on the elevator servo)
(Use a phillips head screw driver to remove
the servo horn screw, pull off the servo horn,
change the position of the wire and replace
the servo horn and screw.)
18. The wings should angle up (positive dihedral)
and the horizontal stabilizer and vertical fin
should line up like shown in this picture.
The better the alignment, the easier and
better the ElectraGlide will fly.
19. The Electraglide is now fully assembled,
19. The model has been set up to balance out of
the box without the need to add nose or tail
weight.
The Centre of Gravity or CofG for the
ElectraGlide is 50mm back from the leading
edge of the wing measured at the wing root
(where the wing meets the fuselage).
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SWITCH ON THE TRANSMITTER
21. The ElectraCam comes with an EScale
2.4GHz. Transmitter.
22.
Install 8-AA batteries (sold separately) into
the battery compartment located in back of
Transmitter case.
23.
PLEASE READ THIS
Always turn your transmitter ON
before you turn your plane on.
Always turn your plane OFF before
you turn your transmitter OFF.
Note: Ensure the throttle stick and trim slider
are in the down position (mode 1 shown).
The other trim sliders should all be centered
as shown.
24. Turn on the transmitter by pushing the ON/OFF
sliding switch forward..
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PREPARE FOR FLIGHT
25. After turning ON the transmitter, remove the
canopy of the ElectraGlide and place the
ground.
Locate the charged battery and also take note
of the white velcro patch on the bottom of the
battery.
Note: Double check your transmitter is ON.
26. Connect the RED plug from the battery to the
RED plug from the ESC in the ElectraGlide
fuselage.
You should hear the servos come to life
Note: If the servos do not come to life unplug
the battery, wait a few seconds and try
again.
27. Secure the battery in the position shown
using the velcro on the battery and the
preinstalled velcro in the fuselage.
28. Replace the canopy.
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TRANSMITTER LAYOUT
MODE 2 TRANSMITTER LAYOUT
29. Left Stick is Throttle (up and down) and
Rudder (side to side)
30. Right Stick is Elevator (up and down) and
Ailerons (side to side).
31.
32. Servo reversing switches across lower front
of case.
33. Fine trim adjustments for 4 main channels.
Please see the EScale Transmitter Manual for more
detailed instructions on Transmitter functions
Elevator Down
Throttle High
Rudder
Left
Rudder
Right
Ailerons
Elevator Up
Throttle Low
Power
Switch
Trim Adjustments
MODE I TRANSMITTER LAYOUT
34. Left Stick is Elevator (up and down) and
Rudder (side to side)
35. Right Stick is Throttle (up and down) and
Ailerons (side to side).
36.
37. Servo reversing switches across lower front
of case.
38. Fine trim adjustments for 4 main channels.
Please see the EScale Transmitter Manual for more
detailed instructions on Transmitter functions
Ch. 5 switch
(Not used on
ElectraGlide)
‘PDM’ Switch
Servo reverse switches
Ch. 5 switch
(Not used on
ElectraGlide)
‘PDM’ Switch
Throttle Up
Elevator Down
Rudder
Left
Rudder
Right
Ailerons
Throttle Down
Elevator Up
Power
Switch
Trim Adjustments
Servo reverse switches
PAIRING THE ESC AND TRANSMITTER
39. PLEASE NOTE: The first time that the model
is powered up the ESC must recognize the
transmitter and verify the range of throttle
motion. Follow these easy steps.
40. With the throttle stick at its lowest position,
turn on the transmitter and then plug the flight
battery into the ESC.
Note: Photo shows a Mode 2 transmittter
41. After a few seconds there will be a beep
tone, move the throttle stick to full throttle,
there will be another beep tone but the motor
will not start.
42. Return the stick to its lowest position for
the final confirmation tones after which the
throttle will work normally.
43. Please note that this process only needs to
be done one time. After this the throttle will
operate normally for all subsequent flights.
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CONTROL CHECKS
44. Elevator is controlled by the elevator stick.
Check that the direction and distance of
movement is correct.
45. Stick toward the bottom of the transmitter
the elevator should move up. When moved
toward the top of the transmitter the elevator
should move down.
46. If the direction is incorrect, switch the servo
reversing switch CH2 on the front of the
transmitter.
47. Adjust the position of the clevises on the
servo and horn to get approx. 10mm in each
direction measured at the trailing edge.
Note: Check that rudder trim is centered.
Neutral Elevator
48. Rudder is controlled by the rudder stick.
Check that the direction and distance of
movement is correct. Stick to the right,
rudder should move to the right and stick to
the left, rudder should move to the left.
49. If the direction is incorrect, switch the servo
reversing switch CH4 on the front of the
transmitter.
50. Adjust the position of the clevises on
the servo and horn to get approx. 15mm
movement in each direction measured at the
trailing edge.
Note: Check that rudder trim is centered.
Neutral Rudder
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Up Elevator
Down Elevator
Right Rudder
Left Rudder
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51. Ailerons are controlled by the aileron stick.
Moving the stick to the right, the right aileron
should come up and the left aileron should
go down. Moving the stick to the left, the left
aileron should come up and the right aileron
should go down.
52. If the direction is incorrect, switch the servo
reversing switch CH1 on the front of the
transmitter.
53. Adjust the position of the pushrod to get
approx. 10mm movement in each direction
measured at the trailing edge.
Note: Make sure aileron trim is centred.
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Neutral Aileron
Left Aileron (up)
Right Aileron (down)
Left Aileron (down)
Right Aileron (up)
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PREFLIGHT CHECKS
If you are new to flying R/C aircraft, or even 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. Aircraft assembled correctly and ready for flight.
2. All control throws are set per this manual.
3. Transmitter battery power is good.
4. Flight Battery is fully charged and secure.
5. All electronics are operating correctly, proper direction, and secure.
6. Wait for a calm or light wind day for first flights.
7. If you are new to R/C flying, consider having an accomplished flyer make the first flight and trim the aircraft
FLYING
Ask another person to launch the ElectraGlide into the wind horizontally with the nose slightly up, but no more than
15 degrees. Smoothly advance the throttle. After a few feet apply a small amount of up elevator and the model will
begin to climb. Continue to climb out at a shallow angle until you reach an altitude of 75 to 100 feet and level off. Adjust
the flight surface trims until the model flies wings level without a tendency to climb or dive. When making a landing
approach a small amount of throttle should be maintained. Moving the throttle to the down position while flying will
prolong the flight as the model has a very good glide angle. When you need more height, move the throttle to the up
position. When you are ready to land, move the throttle to the down position and glide into the wind to land.
We hope that you enjoy your ElectraGlide as much as we do.
TAKE-OFF
LANDING
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Brushless powered Glider
factory fitted 2.4GHz Radio
Australasian agents:
European agents:
Model Engines, Melbourne, Australia
J Perkins Distribution, Lenham, England
www.modelengines.com.au
www.jperkinsdistribution.co.uk
American agents:
Hobby Lobby International, Brentwood, Tennessee, U.S.A.
www.Hobby-Lobby.com
June 2010
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