The start of the horizontal stabilizer construction. All parts can be built over the plans.
The elevator is dry fitted together. Note the 1/4-inch square scrap under the TE.
The main fuselage subassemblies. The horizontal mounting plates have been added to F- 8 and F- 9
and the wing mounting plates and wing saddle center have been installed.
The 3/16-inch square balsa stringers and outer wing saddle have been added.
parts yourself, Manzano Laser Works
sells the parts in a short kit. This also
includes a canopy and dummy radial
engine from Park Flyer Plastics.
Construction details will cover the
main points of building the model and
are excerpts from the construction
manual. The full manual is available for
download on Manzano’s website as well
as on www.ModelAviation.com.
Horizontal, fuselage, and rudder:
Construction begins with the horizontal.
The parts have tabs on them to allow
the modeler to build them on a board
over the plans. Dry fit all of the H parts
over the plans and glue them after you
are satisfied with fit and alignment. Add
the wingtips and 1/8-inch basswood
The elevator trailing edge (TE) is
made from a 1/2-inch strip of 1/8 balsa
sheet. Glue E- 7 to one end and trim
according to the plans.
Cut several shims from 1/4-inch balsa
and pin them to the board so that the
TE can sit on top of them. Place E- 1 flat
on the table and tab in E- 2 through E- 8.
Carefully dry fit the TE into the cutouts
on the ribs and place the assembly over
the plans with the bottom of the TE
resting on the top of the 1/4-inch shims.
Glue the elevator assembly at this time.
The fuselage is built over the fuselage
top view and has several subassemblies.
Glue wing mounting plate 4 together
and make two separate assemblies of
wing mounting plate 2. Glue two F-2s
together to make one 1/4-inch piece.
Take care to ensure that all of the slots
and holes are aligned.
For these subassemblies, I used wood
glue for a stronger bond. Pin formers
F- 7 through F- 10 to the board over the
plans. Be certain that the notches in F- 9
and F- 10 for ribs R2 and R3 are situated
on the same side.
Slide the horizontal mounting plate
center into the center slots on F- 8 and
F- 9 and tack-glue them in place. Test fit
the horizontal between F- 8 and F- 9 and
the horizontal mounting plates. Ensure
a good fit and make sure the alignment
is correct and level. Adjust and sand as
When you’re satisfied with the fit,
remove the horizontal and glue all of the
parts in the subassembly together. Slide
the F- 2 assembly (dry) onto the motor
box left and right and add the motor
box top rear. When the fit and alignment
are correct, use wood glue to secure the
Glue the two firewalls together, noting
that the marking lines match up. Dry fit
the firewall, motor box top, front, and
bottom in place, noting the down- and
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