The kit’s contents taken from the box. The
covering job is perfect—no wrinkles or crooked
The foam exhaust stacks are positioned around
the Townend Ring.
The motor is mounted and shimmed to ;t the Townend
Ring and scale engine.
The fuselage provides plenty of room for the
radio gear and battery.
covered with Mylar. There are stick-on
decals to finish the look.
As always, you should begin by
thoroughly reading the instruction
manual and study each photograph.
Before beginning actual construction, be
sure to go online to download the latest
update. The addendum clarifies a couple
of minor changes that have been made
to improve the production version of
This ARF is a straightforward
assembly process, but it’s not a model
for beginners. Mounting the motor is
one of the first steps in the assembly so
you can find the proper spacing needed
to mount the Townend Ring.
The exhaust stacks are a stroke of genius, made from foam
that is preshaped and tabbed to fit in precut slots behind the
radial cylinders. Three holes are drilled in the ring mount that
align with holes in the firewall so it will be properly oriented.
Carefully align your motor and the ring so the motor wires
run into the fuselage without interference.
The wing has servo cutouts provided for you and ample
room to snake the servo wires through to the center section.
I used a piece of lamp chain extension to make the job easier
because it easily finds its way around obstruction and through
Servos are mounted on the hatch covers in the usual
way. The upper metal wing struts fasten inside the fuselage
through precut slots and the screws securing them are
accessed through holes that align with the mount points. The
outer strut ends are then fastened to the wing at designated
The landing gear assembly is one of the steps included in
the updated addendum,
so be sure to check that.
It’s not a big change, but
the wire size has been
increased and Maxford
suggests sanding a groove
into the wooden block to
ensure a firm fit.
I needed to dry fit
the wheel and pant
assembly to see what sort
of shimming would be
required to stiffen the
gear movement. This is
expected in nearly any airplane employing wheel pants to
ensure proper clearance when loaded and flexing.
The cosmetic fiberglass wheel pants are gorgeous and fit the
wing perfectly. They are finished off with flying wires that go
from the outer wing panels, through the wheel pants, and to a
screw at the center of the wing. The addendum suggests some
simple, well-thought-out modifications to the pants to avoid
The tail section is assembled the
same as most ARFs, but be sure to
put the elevator joiner wire in place
before gluing the horizontal stabilizer.
The usual precautions apply to
making everything true to the main
wing and square before the epoxy sets.
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