Erik Edgren’s full-scale Taylorcraft inspired the Sig T-Clips.
The T-Clips is sitting on the runway,
waiting for its next flight.
A RimFire . 60 is mounted on the motor mount. Note the ESC’s position.
After you decide the power type you want to use, take
the instructions to your local hobby shop and purchase the
additional components needed to complete the model.
The preslotted and hinged aileron, elevator, and rudder
make quick and simple work of adding all of the hinged
control surfaces. I keep a paper towel handy in case some of
the thin CA glue runs.
Servo selection is up to you. I used Hitec HS-485 servos
for all of the control surfaces.
If you decide to change the model from electric to glow
power, or the other way around, it is an easy procedure.
Simply remove four bolts to switch powerplants.
Add the aileron servos to the under-wing panels and route
the servo wires out from the end of each panel. Next, add
all of the control surface hinges per the instructions and use
thin CA glue to attach them to the appropriate parts. It only
takes a dab of glue on each side. Check often to make sure
there are no runs. When the glue has cured, work the control
surfaces back and forth and then pull it to ensure all hinges
are firmly attached.
Using the three included bolts, attach the main gear, the
wheels, and the wheel pants. It couldn’t be easier to do, and
takes roughly 15 minutes. Attach the tail wheel and the
bracket for the rudder and you’re almost finished with the
outside of the model. The only thing left to do is assemble
the pushrods and clevises to the control surfaces. If you take
your time, it could take an hour or two to complete.
Attach the servos to the inside cabin. The instrument
panel, windscreen, and wing-mounting hardware are
preinstalled. Measure the distance for your motor and add
the provided socket-head bolts to secure the motor to the
firewall. Make sure the engine’s propeller shaft and spinner
will exit the cowling before screwing everything together!
I added an arming switch to the aircraft as a safety option,
which Sig recommends. The mount is already located in the
fuselage side, simplifying installation. This keeps your power
system from being armed until you are ready to fly and your
fingers are away from the propeller. Great idea!
Scale details, such as wing struts and dummy screws and
bolts, would look great on the T-Clips. The included scale
version of the full-scale aircraft’s instrument panel is a nice
touch. A photo of the full-scale aircraft is included with this
review and could be used for Fun Scale documentation. All
you need is one picture of the full-scale aircraft. You are now
ready to go fly in a fun competition!
68 Model Aviation APRIL 2015 www.ModelAviation.com