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ProBoat Blackjack 55 Owner`s manual
Blackjack 55 Owner's Manual
Gas-Powered Catamaran Boat
Specifications
Total length.................................................................................... 61.5 in (1562mm)
Hull length.........................................................................................55 in (1397mm)
Beam............................................................................................... 14.75 in (375mm)
Engine..........................................................................................Zenoah G26 Marine
Radio System.........................................................................................JR XR3i (FM)
Weight................................................................................................. 14.5 lb (6.5 kg)
Propeller................................................................................Pro Boat Bronze Alloy
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Introduction
Read this owner’s manual thoroughly. You also need
to read the included Zenoah G26 engine manual,
along with the JR® XR3i radio system manual.
Congratulations on the purchase of your
Pro Boat™ Blackjack 55 catamaran. You are just
minutes from one of the most thrilling experiences
the radio control hobby has to offer.
Carefully unpack your Blackjack 55 and examine
the boat and its contents. The box should contain
the Blackjack 55 RTR with radio installed, a boat
stand, and the JR XR3i radio transmitter. If you are
missing any of these items or notice any damage,
immediately contact the place of purchase.
The Pro Boat Blackjack 55 is a professionally built,
ready-to-run, catamaran, fiberglass composite
model. Powered by the potent Zenoah® G26M
engine, you will be able to race across the water at
speeds in excess of 35 mph!
General Guidelines
It is important that you read and follow this
instruction manual, along with the radio system
manual and the engine manual, before you run this
exciting boat. Failure to read and understand the
manual could result in personal injury, property
damage or permanent damage to your boat. It is
also important to run your boat responsibly. With
proper care and maintenance, you will be able to
proudly enjoy your Blackjack 55 for many years
to come.
When operating the boat, stay clear of people,
full-scale boats, stationary objects and wildlife. It is
preferable to operate the Blackjack 55 in low wake,
low wind conditions and in areas free of people,
wildlife and objects.
Before you operate your model, make sure that
your frequency is clear. If someone is operating on
the same frequency, both models could go out of
control, possibly causing damage to the models or
to others. Check all of the hardware, manifold, pipe
and propeller for security before and after each run.
Table of Contents
Introduction................................................................................................................................................................... 2
Table of Contents......................................................................................................................................................... 2
General Guidelines....................................................................................................................................................... 3
Limited Warranty Period............................................................................................................................................. 3
Limited Warranty and Limits of Liability................................................................................................................. 4
Additional Required Items.......................................................................................................................................... 6
Suggested Field Equipment and Supplies................................................................................................................. 6
Contents......................................................................................................................................................................... 6
Section 1: Building the Boat Stand............................................................................................................................ 7
Section 2: Removing the Canopy.............................................................................................................................. 7
Section 3: Installing the Radio System Batteries.................................................................................................... 8
Section 4: Installing the Wing..................................................................................................................................... 9
Section 5: Installing the Rudder Stabilizer............................................................................................................... 9
Section 6: Installing the Rudders............................................................................................................................. 10
Section 7: Propeller Balancing.................................................................................................................................. 10
Section 8: Fueling the Tank........................................................................................................................................ 11
Section 9: Range Checking the JR XR3i Radio System...................................................................................... 11
Section 10: Starting the Engine................................................................................................................................ 12
Section 11: Stopping the Engine.............................................................................................................................. 13
Section 12: Handling Adjustments........................................................................................................................... 13
Section 13: Clutch....................................................................................................................................................... 13
Section 14: Cooling System...................................................................................................................................... 14
Section 15: Troubleshooting Guide......................................................................................................................... 15
Section 16: Hull Care................................................................................................................................................. 15
Section 17: Maintenance............................................................................................................................................ 16
Section 18: Blackjack 55 Replacement Parts........................................................................................................ 16
Section 19: Flex Shaft Lubrication........................................................................................................................... 17
Section 20: Operating Notes................................................................................................................................... 18
Section 21: Appendix.................................................................................................................................................. 19
If at any time while operating your model you
sense any abnormal function, end your operation
immediately. Do not operate your boat again until
you are certain the problem has been corrected.
Always stay clear of the propeller.
Limited Warranty Period
Exclusive Warranty- Horizon Hobby, Inc., (Horizon) warranties that the Products purchased (the "Product")
will be free from defects in materials and workmanship at the date of purchase by the original Purchaser.
Limited Warranty and Limits of Liability
Limited Warranty and Limits of Liability (continued)
Limited Warranty
Damage Limits
Questions, Assistance, and Repairs
Non-Warranty Repairs
(a) This warranty is limited to the original Purchaser
("Purchaser") and is not transferable. REPAIR OR
REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED UNDER THIS
WARRANTY IS THE EXCLUSIVE REMEDY OF
THE PURCHASER. This warranty covers only
those Products purchased from an authorized
Horizon dealer. Third party transactions are not
covered by this warranty. Proof of purchase is
required for warranty claims. Further, Horizon
reserves the right to change or modify this warranty
without notice and disclaims all other warranties,
express or implied.
HORIZON SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL,
INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES,
LOSS OF PROFITS OR PRODUCTION OR
COMMERCIAL LOSS IN ANY WAY CONNECTED
WITH THE PRODUCT, WHETHER SUCH
CLAIM IS BASED IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY,
NEGLIGENCE, OR STRICT LIABILITY. Further, in
no event shall the liability of Horizon exceed the
individual price of the Product on which liability
is asserted. As Horizon has no control over use,
setup, final assembly, modification or misuse, no
liability shall be assumed nor accepted for any
resulting damage or injury. By the act of use, setup
or assembly, the user accepts all resulting liability.
Your local hobby store and/or place of purchase
cannot provide warranty support or repair. Once
assembly, setup or use of the Product has been
started, you must contact Horizon directly. This
will enable Horizon to better answer your questions
and service you in the event that you may need
any assistance. For questions or assistance,
please direct your email to productsupport@
horizonhobby.com, or call 877.504.0233 toll free
to speak to a service technician.
Should your repair not be covered by
warranty the repair will be completed
and payment will be required without
notification or estimate of the expense
unless the expense exceeds 50% of the retail
purchase cost. By submitting the item for repair
you are agreeing to payment of the repair without
notification. Repair estimates are available upon
request. You must include this request with your
repair. Non-warranty repair estimates will be
billed a minimum of ½ hour of labor. In addition
you will be billed for return freight. Please advise
us of your preferred method of payment. Horizon
accepts money orders and cashiers checks, as
well as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and
Discover cards. If you choose to pay by credit
card, please include your credit card number and
expiration date. Any repair left unpaid or unclaimed
after 90 days will be considered abandoned and
will be disposed of accordingly. Please note:
non-warranty repair is only available on
electronics and model engines.
(b) Limitations- HORIZON MAKES NO
WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION, EXPRESS
OR IMPLIED, ABOUT NON-INFRINGEMENT,
MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE OF THE PRODUCT.
THE PURCHASER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT
THEY ALONE HAVE DETERMINED THAT
THE PRODUCT WILL SUITABLY MEET THE
REQUIREMENTS OF THE PURCHASER’S
INTENDED USE.
If you as the Purchaser or user are not prepared to
accept the liability associated with the use of this
Product, you are advised to return this Product
immediately in new and unused condition to the
place of purchase.
Law: These Terms are governed by Illinois law
(without regard to conflict of law principals).
Safety Precautions
(c) Purchaser Remedy- Horizon's sole obligation
hereunder shall be that Horizon will, at its option,
(i) repair or (ii) replace, any Product determined by
Horizon to be defective. In the event of a defect,
these are the Purchaser's exclusive remedies.
Horizon reserves the right to inspect any and all
equipment involved in a warranty claim. Repair or
replacement decisions are at the sole discretion of
Horizon. This warranty does not cover cosmetic
damage or damage due to acts of God, accident,
misuse, abuse, negligence, commercial use, or
modification of or to any part of the Product. This
warranty does not cover damage due to improper
installation, operation, maintenance, or attempted
repair by anyone other than Horizon. Return of any
goods by Purchaser must be approved in writing by
Horizon before shipment.
This is a sophisticated hobby Product and not a
toy. It must be operated with caution and common
sense and requires some basic mechanical ability.
Failure to operate this Product in a safe and
responsible manner could result in injury or damage
to the Product or other property. This Product
is not intended for use by children without direct
adult supervision. The Product manual contains
instructions for safety, operation and maintenance.
It is essential to read and follow all the instructions
and warnings in the manual, prior to assembly, setup
or use, in order to operate correctly and avoid
damage or injury.
Inspection or Repairs
If this Product needs to be inspected or repaired,
please call for a Return Merchandise Authorization
(RMA). Pack the Product securely using a shipping
carton. Please note that original boxes may be
included, but are not designed to withstand the
rigors of shipping without additional protection. Ship
via a carrier that provides tracking and insurance
for lost or damaged parcels, as Horizon is not
responsible for merchandise until it arrives
and is accepted at our facility. A Service Repair
Request is available at www.horizonhobby.com
on the “Support” tab. If you do not have internet
access, please include a letter with your complete
name, street address, email address and phone
number where you can be reached during business
days, your RMA number, a list of the included items,
method of payment for any non-warranty expenses
and a brief summary of the problem. Your original
sales receipt must also be included for warranty
consideration. Be sure your name, address, and
RMA number are clearly written on the outside of
the shipping carton.
Electronics and engines requiring inspection or
repair should be shipped to the following address:
Horizon Service Center
4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, Illinois 61822
All other Products requiring warranty inspection or
repair should be shipped to the following address:
Horizon Product Support
4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, Illinois 61822
Warranty Inspection and Repairs
Please call 877-504-0233 with any
questions or concerns regarding this
product or warranty.
To receive warranty service, you must
include your original sales receipt verifying
the proof-of-purchase date. Provided warranty
conditions have been met, your Product will be
repaired or replaced free of charge. Repair or
replacement decisions are at the sole discretion
of Horizon Hobby.
Additional Required Items
Although the Blackjack™ 55 comes fully assembled and ready for action, you will need a few additional items
in order to run your boat. You will need the following:
Zenoah® 2-Cycle Oil (ZEN20001)
CA or Epoxy Glue
Flex Shaft Lubrication (PRB0100)
Fuel Container
Fuel Pump (HAN155)
Gasoline (+87 Octane), Ethanol-ree
12 AA Alkaline Batteries (8 for the transmitter and 4 for the receiver)
Section 1: Building the Boat Stand
m 1. There are 4 plywood boat stand pieces. The
2 short plywood pieces are the ends of the boat
stand.
m 2. Secure the 2 long plywood pieces of the
interlocking boat stand to one end of the short
plywood pieces. Repeat with the remaining short
plywood pieces.
m 3. Secure the stand together where each piece is
joined with epoxy or CA glue (not included).
Suggested Field Equipment and Supplies
In addition to the items needed to run the Blackjack 55, we recommend that you carry the following in your
field box:
Engine Tuning Screwdriver (DYN2775)
Bronze Alloy Propeller (PRB0153) 2.5mm Hex Wrench
#1 Phillips Screwdriver
Wax
Clean Towels
2mm Hex Wrench
4mm Hex Wrench
Small Crescent Wrench
Screw-locking Compound
Section 2: Removing the Canopy
m Unscrew the 2 knurled hatch-mounting screws
from the rear of the hatch. Slide the front hatch
retainer toward the rear of the boat and lift the
hatch from the boat.
Contents
• Assembled Blackjack 55 RTR
• JR® XR3i radio transmitter
• Boat stand
• Rudder (2)
Section 3: Installing the Radio System Batteries
Receiver Batteries
Section 4: Installing the Wing
m 1. Install the wing in the direction shown.
m 2. Use two 3mm x 12mm sheet metal screws
and two 3mm washers to secure the wing to
the hatch.
m 1. Remove the ten 2.5mm hex head screws that
secure the radio box cover.
m 2. Remove the battery holder and install 4 AA
alkaline batteries in the polarity shown on the
battery box.
Note: The wing is not intended to
be a handle.
Note: You may consider upgrading
to a rechargeable battery pack. We
recommend the DYN1436. See
your local Pro Boat™ dealer.
Transmitter Batteries
m 1. Remove the transmitter from the box.
m 2. Remove the battery cover on the bottom of
the transmitter.
Section 5: Installing the Rudder Stabilizer
m 3. Insert 8 AA alkaline batteries into the
battery holder.
m 1. Carefully remove the tie wraps holding the
rudder control arms and the nylon rudder
bushings in place.
Note proper polarity of the
batteries.
m 2. Slide the rudders into the rudder struts with a
bushing above and below the strut.
m 4. Turn on the transmitter and confirm that the
LCD illuminates, indicating proper installation of
fully charged batteries.
m 3. Position the rudder stabilizer arms as shown
with the control arms pointing away from the
transom.
m 5. Turn on the receiver switch and move the
controls. Confirm that all controls operate in
the proper direction and are controlled by the
proper transmitter input.
m 4. Tighten the 3mm x 15mm hex screws,
securing them with 3mm nuts.
m 6. Turn the transmitter and the receiver switch
off. To keep the boat from receiving stray
signals, the transmitter should be turned on first,
followed by the receiver. Likewise, the receiver
should be turned off first, then the transmitter.
Note: Be sure the rudders are
parallel with one another and
centered before tightening the
screws.
Important: Always use screwlocking compound on metal-tometal fasteners to prevent them
from vibrating loose.
Section 6: Installing the Rudders
Section 8: Fueling the Tank
Use only Zenoah® 2-Cycle Synthetic Oil and
premium gasoline mixed 32:1 to power the
Blackjack 55. Fill the tank completely and secure the
fuel cap. Keep fuel in a moisture-free environment,
as stale fuel will cause the Zenoah G26M engine to
lose performance.
m1. Turn on the transmitter, then the receiver.
Center the steering wheel and trim lever.
Check that both rudder servos operate using
the radio system.
m 2. Slide the rudder control arms onto the
rudder shafts.
m 3. Position the rudder control arms at a
90-degree angle to the rudder as shown. Tighten
the 3mm x 15mm hex screws, securing them
with 3mm nuts.
Important: Always use screwlocking compound on metal-tometal fasteners to prevent them
from vibrating loose.
Note: The twin-oversized
rudders offer incredible handling
and eliminate the need for skid
fins. They also help protect the
propeller from impact with
submerged obstacles in the water.
Care must be taken in shallow
water to keep the rudders from
becoming damaged.
Section 9: Range Checking the JR XR3i Radio System
Note: It is a good idea to range
check prior to operating your boat
after any repair, installation of new
batteries, or at the beginning of
each boating session.
Before the first run of the Blackjack 55, you should
check the radio for proper operation and to ensure
proper control movement of the rudder and
throttle. Also ensure that the antenna on the boat
is extended properly and that all batteries are in
working condition.
Section 7: Propeller Balancing
For optimum performance, propeller balancing can
add several mph to top speed and reduce vibration.
There are several different propeller balancing tools
available. Read the instructions that accompany the
propeller balancing tool, as removing material from
the correct part of the propeller is crucial. Contact
a local hobby retail store for assistance.
Option Item: Race Guard™ Micro Fail-Safe
m 1. With the radio system turned on (transmitter
and receiver) and the transmitter antenna down
(engine off), walk off 40 to 50 paces from the
Blackjack 55.
The programmable fail-safe unit is designed to
return your throttle to a preset brake position in
the event of a signal loss to your receiver or when
the receiver's input drops below 4.0 volts.
m 2. Have an assistant remain with the boat to
check for proper control movement of the
rudder from your transmitter input.
m 3. If everything appears to be operating
correctly, raise the antenna and start the engine.
Place the boat in the water and run it (at about
1⁄3 throttle) close to the shoreline. If the radio
system is operating properly, you can begin to
run the boat faster and further away from the
shoreline.
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Section 10: Starting the Engine
Note: The Zenoah® G26M
carburetor is factory adjusted to
deliver optimum performance. See
the Zenoah Engine manual for
fine-tuning adjustments and other
helpful information to make your
RC boating experience trouble-free.
Section 11: Stopping the Engine
Idle the boat near shore and press the kill switch
located on the hull as shown.
Priming the Engine
Press the priming bulb several times until it becomes
filled with fuel. This is not necessary if the engine
has recently been run.
Section 12: Handling Adjustments
Propeller Trim Angle
Choking the Engine
You may also adjust the propeller strut to add up
or down trim to the propeller by loosening the 2
propeller strut bolts and sliding the propeller strut
up to increase top-end speed (but steering response
will decrease and cavitation may occur if excessively
adjusted). Lowering the trim angle will increase
handling performance (but may cause the boat to
over-steer and decrease speed).
Close the choke by rotating the small yellow
tubing extension. This is not necessary if the
engine is warm.
Pull-starting the Engine
Section 13: Clutch
With an assistant holding the boat to the boat
stand and bracing the engine with one hand, pull
the starting cord briskly several times. Once the
engine fires (begins to start), partially open the
choke. Prolonged choking will flood the engine
with fuel until the engine warms up. See Section
15: Troubleshooting Guide to correct the flooding
condition.
m The centrifugal clutch automatically engages
when the engine rpm is increased. Be sure that
the idle speed adjustment is set low enough so
that the propeller does not rotate at idle.
m Periodically disassemble the clutch and
clean debris from the clutch shoes and the
inner clutch bell with DYN5505 Dynamite®
Nitro Force.
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Section 14: Cooling System
Water Pump
Section 15: Troubleshooting Guide
Water-Cooled Cylinder Head and Exhaust
Manifold Cooling Jacket
The water pump is operated from crankcase
pressure. Be sure that water is exiting the 2 water
jackets mounted on the left side of the boat when
the engine is running and the boat is in the water. If
water does not stream out of either the exhaust or
cylinder head cooling ports, immediately stop engine
operation and remove obstructions in the lines or
replace broken cooling lines.
The exhaust system is cooled independently from
the cylinder head. See photo for proper cooling
line routing. Do not alter the cooling line routing
method.
Carburetor
Water Pump
Hint: To test each cooling line
for obstructions or a leak in the
cooling system, place a piece of
tubing over the water inlet tube
in front of each rudder and blow
into the tube. When testing for
obstructions in the cooling system,
be sure to isolate each system by
pinching the appropriate water lines.
Water-Cooled
Cylinder Head
Water Pump
Water
Outlet
Rudder
Pick-Up
Tube
Possible Solution
Engine will not start Improper needle setting: see Zenoah® engine manual; baseline settings are 2 turns out for high-speed, 1 turn out for low-speed
Out of fuel: fill fuel tank
Improper fuel: use fresh gasoline & Zenoah 2-cycle oil (mixed 32 parts gas to 1 part oil)
Bad Spark plug: replace
Flooded engine: remove spark plug, invert boat and operate the pull-starter to
remove fuel
Engine starts, then dies
Fuel line blocked or broken: connect or replace fuel line
Reset needles to baseline setting: see Zenoah instructions
Engine starts and runs for several minutes, then dies
Bad fuel: replace
Improper needle settings: see Zenoah engine manual
Overheated engine: check for clogged or damaged cooling system
Debris in carburetor, disassemble carburetor and clean
Section 16: Hull Care
Manifold Cooling Plate
Manifold Cooling Plate
Rudder
Pick-Up
Tube
Problem The hull of the Blackjack 55 is finished using the
highest quality paints and the most advanced
painting methods available. The base coat/clear
cote technique delivers an amazing shine that is as
durable as it is beautiful. To keep your Blackjack 55
looking new, you should apply a wax coating as used
on automotive finishes to prevent oxidation and to
further protect against damage caused by fuel and
other harmful chemicals
Tuned Pipe
Water-Cooled
Cylinder Head
Carburetor
Insulator Plate
Water
Outlet
Zenoah® G26M Engine
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Section 17: Maintenance
The Pro Boat™ Blackjack 55 should provide many
hours of exciting high-speed racing fun with just
minor maintenance. Preventative maintenance is
very important. Taking the time to ensure that
all the set screws and bolts are tight before each
operation of the boat will prevent many problems.
Section 19: Flex Shaft Lubrication
When refueling, always wipe away any excess fuel
that may have spilled into or on the boat.
After operating the Blackjack 55:
Wipe off any exhaust residue from the boat. If
you operate the Blackjack 55 in salt water, it is
suggested that you thoroughly rinse the deck, hull,
and all the metal hardware with fresh water, then
dry them with a clean towel. After cleaning, coat all
metal parts with a silicone spray lubricant. This will
help to prevent corrosion.
Before operating Blackjack 55:
Check that all screws and hardware are securely in
place. This is very important, as the manifold screws
will occasionally vibrate loose during the initial runs.
Check the propeller for damage in the form
of chipping or cracking. If you find any damage,
replace the propeller, as the damage will affect
the performance of the boat and could also
cause safety concerns.
Pro Boat recommends PRB0100 Grease Gun with Marine Grease.
m 1. Loosen the two 1.5mm setscrews on the
brass ferrule located in front of the propeller
strut and remove the propeller shaft assembly
from the rear. Note that there is a nylon bushing
located on either end of the propeller strut.
m 3. Slide the flex shaft out of the boat.
Ensure that the radio box and equipment inside
is dry.
m 4. Lubricate the flex shaft with flex shaft grease
(see your local hobby shop). Reinstall in reverse
order. Be sure to reinstall the nylon washers in
front and behind the propeller strut.
m 2. Remove the lower propeller strut mounting
bolt and loosen the top bolt. Rotate the
propeller strut upwards to access the flex shaft.
Section 18: Blackjack 55 Replacement Parts
In the event that you need to purchase replacement parts for your engine or the Blackjack 55,
please see your local hobby store. You can also purchase them from Horizon Hobby by calling
1-800-338-4639 or shop online @ www.horizonhobby.com
Stock #
PRB2851
PRB2852
PRB2655
PRB2853
PRB2657
PRB2658
PRB2659
PRB2660
PRB2661
PRB2662
PRB2663
PRB2664
PRB2665
PRB2666
PRB2855
PRB2669
Description
Hull Only
Canopy
Servo Tray
Boat Stand
Radio Box Cover
Fuel Tank
Kill Switch
Motor Mounting Plates
Manifold Cooling Plate
Manifold
Throttle Cable
Radio Box
Vibration Dampener
Tuned Pipe
Canopy Mounting Nut
Pushrod Bellow
PRB2670
PRB2671
PRB2672
PRB2673
PRB2281
PRB2856
PRB2857
PRB2677
PRB2679
PRB2680
PRB2854
PRB2683
PRB2651
PRB2684
PRB2687
PRB2688
PRB2858
Rudder Pushrods
Rx Switch Mount
Flex Shaft
Teflon Liner
Drive Dog
Rudder Strut with Bracket
Rudder Control Arm
Rudder
Cooling Tubing
Ball Linkage Set
Exhaust Port
Clutch
Water Pump with Bracket
Clutch Shoes
Clutch Springs
Clutch Bearing
Prop Strut with Bracket
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PRB2690
PRB2691
PRB2692
PRB2693
PRB2694
PRB2291
PRB0153
PRB2282
PRB2068
PRB2239
PRB2695
PRB0100 PRB0101
PRB2861 PRB2859 Prop Shaft Nylon Bushing
Exhaust Spring
Throttle Cable Mount
Fuel Tank Straps
Stuffing Box
Propeller Nut
Bronze Alloy Propeller
Prop Shaft
Water Outlet
Drain Plug
Exhaust O-Ring Set
Grease Gun w/ Marine Grease
Marine Grease 5 oz.
Decal
Hull Handle
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Section 20: Operating Notes
Section 21: Appendix
Photo 1
Photo 4
PRB2666
PRB2679
PRB2662
PRB2658
Photo 2
Photo 5
PRB2669
Water Outlet
Water Outlet
PRB2670
PRB2651
PRB2676
PRB2681
PRB2667
PRB2689
PRB2673
PRB2675
PRB2672
PRB2281
PRB2674
PRB2677
Water Inlet
Water Inlet
Engine Pressure Line
Photo 3
Photo 6
PRB2686
PRB2687
PRB2683
PRB2688
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© 2007, Horizon Hobby, Inc.
4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, Illinois 61822
(877) 504-0233
www.horizonhobby.com
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