Twist PNP.indd - Hangar-9
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Twist™ Plug-N-Play™
ASSEMBLY MANUAL
Specifications
Wingspan: ............... 47.75 in (1212.85mm)
Length: .................... 48. 38 in (1228.73mm)
Wing Area: .............. 747.37 sq in (48.2 sq dm)
Weight: ................... 5.0–6.0 lb (2.27 kg–2.72 kg)
Radio: ..................... 4-channel w/5 servos
Engine: .................... Evolution™ .46 NT
Table of Contents
Covering Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Additional Required Tools and Adhesives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
Contents of Kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Field Equipment Required. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Optional Field Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Warning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Before Starting Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Using the Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Warranty Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Section 1: Installing the Tail Section. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Section 2: Landing Gear Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Section 3: Propeller and Spinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Section 4: Radio Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Section 5: Linkage Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Section 6: Attaching the Wing to the Fuselage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Adjusting the Engine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
Control Throws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Recommended CG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Preflight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Range Testing the Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
2005 Official AMA National Model Aircraft Safety Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
Covering Colors
• White
• Pearl Purple
HANU870
HANU847
• Pearl Green
• Transparent Violet
Additional Required Tools and Adhesives
• Flat blade screwdriver
• Phillips screwdriver (small)
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• Pliers
• Ruler
• Threadlock
HANU844
HANU955
Contents of Kit
E
B
C
D
F
A
Replacement Parts
A. Wing w/Aileron
B. Fuselage
C. Tail Set
D. Landing Gear
E. Canopy
F. 2 3/4" Wheels
HAN2877
HAN2876
HAN2878
HAN2654
HAN2879
HAN305
Items Not Shown
Fuel Tank
Engine Mount
Decal Set
HAN2479
HAN40M
HAN2880
Field Equipment Required
• Propeller (APC 11x6)
• Fuel (10%–15% nitro content)
• Glow Plug Wrench (HAN2510)
• Glow Plug Igniter with Charger (HAN7101)
• Glow Plug (HAN3001/3006)
• Manual Fuel Pump (HAN118)
• Start-Up Field Pack (HANSTART)
Optional Field Equipment
• 4-Way Wrench (DUB701)
• Fieldmate (HAN117)
• Cleaner & towels
• Extra Glow Plugs (HAN3001/3006)
• Blue Block After Run Oil (EVOX1000)
• Power Panel (HAN106)
• 12V 7Ah Sealed Battery (HAN102)
• PowerPro 12V Starter (HAN161)
Warning
An RC aircraft is not a toy! If misused, it can cause serious bodily harm and damage to property. Fly only in open areas,
preferably at AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) approved flying sites, following all instructions included with your
radio and engine.
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Before Starting Assembly
Before beginning the assembly of your Twist™ Plug-N-Play™, remove each part from its bag for inspection. Closely
inspect the fuselage, wing panels, rudder and stabilizer for damage. If you find any damaged or missing parts,
contact the place of purchase.
If you find any wrinkles in the covering, use a heat gun or covering iron to remove them. Use caution while working
around areas where the colors overlap to prevent separating the colors.
HAN100 – Heat Gun
HAN150 – Covering Glove
HAN101 – Covering Iron
HAN141 – Sealing Iron
Sock
Using the Manual
This manual is divided into sections to help make assembly easier to understand, and to provide breaks between
each major section. Remember to take your time and follow the directions.
Warranty Information
Horizon Hobby, Inc. guarantees this kit to be free from defects in both material and workmanship at the date of
purchase. This warranty does not cover any parts damaged by use or modification. In no case shall Horizon Hobby’s
liability exceed the original cost of the purchased kit. Further, Horizon Hobby reserves the right to change or modify
this warranty without notice.
In that Horizon Hobby has no control over the final assembly or material used for the final assembly, no liability
shall be assumed nor accepted for any damage of the final user-assembled product. By the act of using the product,
the user accepts all resulting liability.
Once assembly of the model has been started, you must contact Horizon Hobby, Inc. directly regarding any warranty
question that you have. Please do not contact your local hobby shop regarding warranty issues, even if that is where
you purchased it. This will enable Horizon to better answer your questions and provide service in the event that you
may need any assistance.
If the buyer is not prepared to accept the liability associated with the use of this product, the buyer is advised to
return this kit immediately in new and unused condition to the place of purchase.
Horizon Hobby Service Department
4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, Illinois 61822
(217) 355-9511
horizonhobby.com
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Section 1: Installing the Tail Section
Required Parts
• Stabilizer assembly
• Rudder assembly
 Step 2
• Fuselage
Required Tools and Adhesives
• Crescent wrench
• Threadlock
• 4-40 lock nut (2)
• #4 washer (2)
Locate the stabilizer/elevator assembly. Position the
stabilizer/elevator assembly so the control horn will face
down, away from the fin. The threaded rods from the
rudder/fin assembly will slide into the two holes in the
stabilizer. The fuselage fairing has been slid into position
on the fin in the photograph.
 Step 1
Loosen the nuts on the bottom of the fuselage that are
holding the rudder/fin assembly onto the fuselage. Pull
the rudder/fin assembly straight up to remove from the
fuselage. Use care not to damage the lower portion of the
fin or the fuselage fairing.
 Step 3
Slide the rudder/stabilizer assembly onto the fuselage.
Slide the #4 washers onto the threaded rods. Apply a drop
or two of threadlock to the exposed threads of the threaded
rods. Thread the nuts onto the rod, tightening them snugly
against the bottom of the fuselage.
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Section 2: Landing Gear Installation
Required Parts
• Fuselage assembly
• 8-32 x 1/2" screw (2)
Required Tools and Adhesives
• Phillips screwdriver (large) • Threadlock
 Step 1
Locate the main landing gear and two 8-32 x 1/2" screws.
Attach the main landing gear using the screws. The angle
on the gear should be towards the rear of the plane. Apply
threadlock onto the screws before installing them.
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Section 3: Propeller and Spinner
Required Parts
• Fuselage
• Propeller
• Spinner
• #4 x 5/8" sheet metal screw (2)
 Step 1
 Step 4
Locate the two #4 x 5/8" sheet metal screws. Position the
spinner cone onto the spinner backplate, making sure
it keys into the backplate. Use the screws and a Phillips
screwdriver to secure the spinner cone to the backplate.
Remove the propeller nut and washer from the engine.
Position the drive washer so it is keyed onto the engine
shaft. Slide the spinner backplate onto the engine shaft,
and then slide the propeller into position.
 Step 2
Slide the washer and thread the nut onto the engine shaft.
Rotate the propeller clockwise so it is resting against the
lugs of the spinner backplate. Use a crescent wrench to
tighten the propeller nut. Do not use pliers, as the nut will
not be tight enough, and could come loose.
Note: It is suggested to read the engine
instructions included with your
Twist™ Plug-N-Play™ at this time to learn
more on the care and operation of your
Evolution engine.
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Section 4: Radio Installation
Required Parts
• Fuselage assembly
 Step 2
• Wing assembly
Required Tools and Adhesives
• Phillips screwdriver (small)
 Step 1
Remove the radio plate using a Phillips screwdriver.
Place the receiver into the fuselage. Secure the location
the receiver and battery using the radio plate. Plug in any
servo leads or extensions at this time and connect any
extensions necessary for the aileron servos.
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Route the antenna to the rear of the fuselage through the
installed tube. The tube is located on the left side of the
fuselage right before the throttle servo tray. Secure the
battery and receiver by reinstalling the radio plate.
Section 5: Linkage Installation
Required Parts
• Fuselage assembly
 Step 3
• Wing assembly
 Step 1
Center the elevator servo electronically using the radio
system. Attach the pushrod with clevis to the control horn.
Thread the clevis in or out so the elevator is in neutral
with the radio on.
Center the rudder servo electronically using the radio
system. Attach the pushrod with clevis to the control horn.
Thread the clevis in or out so the aileron is in neutral with
the radio on.
 Step 2
Center the aileron servo electronically using the radio
system. Attach the pushrod with clevis to the control horn.
Thread the clevis in or out so the aileron is in neutral with
the radio on.
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Section 6: Attaching the Wing to the Fuselage
Required Parts
• Wing
• 1/4-20 x 2" nylon bolt
• Fuselage
Required Tools and Adhesives
• Flat blade screwdriver
 Step 1
Place the wing onto the fuselage. Secure the wing using
the 1/4-20 x 2" nylon bolt.
Adjusting the Engine
 Step 1
 Step 2
Completely read the instructions included with
your engine and follow the recommended Tuning
and Safety Procedures.
At the field, adjust the engine to a slightly rich setting at
full throttle and adjust the idle and low-speed needle so
that a consistent idle is achieved.
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Control Throws
 Step 3
Before you fly, be sure that your engine idles reliably,
transitions and runs at all throttle settings. Only when
this is achieved should any plane be considered ready
for flight.
The amount of control throw should be adjusted as closely
as possible using mechanical means, rather than making
large changes electronically at the radio. By moving
the position of the clevis at the control horn toward the
outermost hole, you will decrease the amount of control
throw of the control surface. Moving it toward the control
surface will increase the amount of throw. Moving the
pushrod wire at the servo arm will have the opposite
effect: Moving it closer to center will decrease throw,
and away from center will increase throw. Work with a
combination of the two to achieve the closest or exact
control throws listed.
Aileron
Elevator
Rudder
Low Rate
1" (15°) up
1" (15°) down
1" (14°) up
1" (14°) down
1 3/4" (18°) left
1 3/4" (18°) right
High Rate
1 5/8" (23°) up
1 5/8" (23°) down
2" (25°) up
2" (25°) down
2" (22°) left
2" (22°) right
Note: Control throws are measured at the
widest part of the elevator, rudder, and aileron
unless noted otherwise.
Use the following throws for 3D aerobatics:
2 1/2" (35°) down
Aileron
2 1/2" (35°) up
2 3/4" (35°) down
Elevator
2 3/4" (35°) up
2 1/2" (28°) left
Rudder
2 1/2" (28°) right
Recommended CG
An important part of preparing the aircraft for flight is
properly balancing the model. This is especially important
when various engines are mounted.
Caution: Do not inadvertently skip this step!
The recommended Center of Gravity (CG) range for the
Twist™ Plug-N-Play™ is 4"–5" behind the leading edge
of the wing against the fuselage. It is suggested to start
at the forward end of the range until comfortable with the
flight characteristics of your aircraft. If necessary, move
the battery pack or add weight to either the nose or the
tail until the correct balance is achieved. Stick-on weights
are available at your local hobby shop and work well for
this purpose.
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Preflight
Charge both the transmitter and receiver pack for your
airplane. Use the recommended charger supplied with
your particular radio system, following the instructions
provided with the radio. In most cases the radio should be
charged the night before going out flying.
Check the radio installation and make sure all the
control surfaces are moving correctly (i.e. the correct
direction and with the recommended throws). Test-run
the engine and make sure it transitions smoothly from
idle to full throttle and back. Also ensure the engine is
tuned according to the manufacturer’s instructions,
and it will run consistently and constantly at full throttle
when adjusted.
Check all the control horns, servo horns and clevises to
make sure they are secure and in good condition. Replace
any items that would be considered questionable. Failure
of any of these components in flight would mean the loss
of your aircraft.
Range Testing the Radio
Before each flying session, range-check your radio.
This is accomplished by turning on your transmitter
with the antenna collapsed. Turn on the radio in your
airplane. With your airplane on the ground, you should
be able to walk 30 paces away from your airplane and
still have complete control of all functions. If not, don’t
attempt to fly! Have your radio equipment checked out
by the manufacturer.
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Notes
2005 Official AMA
National Model Aircraft Safety Code
GENERAL
1) I will not fly my model aircraft in sanctioned
events, air shows or model flying demonstrations until
it has been proven to be airworthy by having been
previously, successfully flight tested.
2) I will not fly my model higher than approximately
400 feet within 3 miles of an airport without notifying
the airport operator. I will give right-of-way and avoid
flying in the proximity of full-scale aircraft. Where
necessary, an observer shall be utilized to supervise
flying to avoid having models fly in the proximity of
full-scale aircraft.
3) Where established, I will abide by the safety rules
for the flying site I use, and I will not willfully and
deliberately fly my models in a careless, reckless and/
or dangerous manner.
4) The maximum takeoff weight of a model is 55
pounds, except models flown under Experimental
Aircraft rules.
5) I will not fly my model unless it is identified with
my name and address or AMA number, on or in the
model. (This does not apply to models while being
flown indoors.)
6) I will not operate models with metal-bladed
propellers or with gaseous boosts, in which gases
other than air enter their internal combustion
engine(s); nor will I operate models with extremely
hazardous fuels such as those containing
tetranitromethane or hydrazine.
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7) I will not operate models with pyrotechnics (any
device that explodes, burns, or propels a projectile
of any kind) including, but not limited to, rockets,
explosive bombs dropped from models, smoke
bombs, all explosive gases (such as hydrogen-filled
balloons), or ground mounted devices launching a
projectile. The only exceptions permitted are rockets
flown in accordance with the National Model Rocketry
Safety Code or those permanently attached (as per
JATO use); also those items authorized for Air Show
Team use as defined by AST Advisory Committee
(document available from AMA HQ). In any case,
models using rocket motors as a primary means of
propulsion are limited to a maximum weight of 3.3
pounds and a G series motor. (A model aircraft is
defined as an aircraft with or without engine, not able
to carry a human being.)
8) I will not consume alcoholic beverages prior to,
nor during, participation in any model operations.
9) Children under 6 years old are only allowed
on the flight line as a pilot or while receiving
flight instruction.
RADIO CONTROL
1) I will have completed a successful radio equipment
ground range check before the first flight of a new or
repaired model.
2) I will not fly my model aircraft in the presence
of spectators until I become a qualified flier, unless
assisted by an experienced helper.
3) At all flying sites a straight or curved line(s) must
be established in front of which all flying takes place
with the other side for spectators. Only personnel
involved with flying the aircraft are allowed at or in
the front of the flight line. Intentional flying behind the
flight line is prohibited.
4) I will operate my model using only radio control
frequencies currently allowed by the Federal
Communications Commission. (Only properly
licensed Amateurs are authorized to operate
equipment on Amateur Band frequencies.)
2005 Official AMA
National Model Aircraft Safety Code
5) Flying sites separated by three miles or more
are considered safe from site-to site interference,
even when both sites use the same frequencies. Any
circumstances under three miles separation require
a frequency management arrangement, which may
be either an allocation of specific frequencies for
each site or testing to determine that freedom from
interference exists. Allocation plans or interference
test reports shall be signed by the parties involved
and provided to AMA Headquarters. Documents of
agreement and reports may exist between (1) two
or more AMA Chartered Clubs, (2) AMA clubs and
individual AMA members not associated with AMA
Clubs, or (3) two or more individual AMA members.
6) For Combat, distance between combat engagement
line and spectator line will be 500 feet per cubic
inch of engine displacement. (Example: .40 engine
= 200 feet.); electric motors will be based on
equivalent combustion engine size. Additional safety
requirements will be per the RC Combat section of the
current Competition Regulations.
7) At air shows or model flying demonstrations, a
single straight line must be established, one side of
which is for flying, with the other side for spectators.
8) With the exception of events flown under AMA
Competition rules, after launch, except for pilots or
helpers being used, no powered model may be flown
closer than 25 feet to any person.
9) Under no circumstances may a pilot or other
person touch a powered model in flight.
Organized RC Racing Event
10) An RC racing event, whether or not an AMA Rule
Book event, is one in which model aircraft compete
in flight over a prescribed course with the objective of
finishing the course faster to determine the winner.
A. In every organized racing event in which
contestants, callers and officials are on the course:
1. All officials, callers and contestants must properly
wear helmets, which are OSHA, DOT, ANSI, SNELL or
NOCSAE approved or comparable standard while on
the racecourse.
2. All officials will be off the course except for the
starter and their assistant.
3.”On the course” is defined to mean any area beyond
the pilot/staging area where actual flying takes place.
B. I will not fly my model aircraft in any organized
racing event which does not comply with paragraph A
above or which allows models over 20 pounds unless
that competition event is AMA sanctioned.
C. Distance from the pylon to the nearest spectator
(line) will be in accordance with the current
Competition Regulations under the RC Pylon Racing
section for the specific event pending two or three
pylon course layout.
11) RC night flying is limited to low-performance
models (less than 100 mph). The models must be
equipped with a lighting system that clearly defines
the aircraft’s attitude at all times.
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4105 Fieldstone Road
Champaign, Illinois 61822
(877) 504-0233
horizonhobby.com
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