Multiplex’s Elapor foam serves as a great media to capture the sleek, flowing lines of the Tucan. The included eye-catching decals are the finishing touch.
Watch this trainer fly inside
the app and at www.ModelAviation.
trainer can be
The Embrauer Tucano is a low-wing, turboprop-powered, full-scale, two- seat airplane used to train military
pilots. It was designed and developed in
Brazil and eventually found its way into
the air forces of more than 15 different
Photos by the author
Pilot figures and electric retracts are
The 64-page, black-and-white,
illustrated assembly manual covers
the Tucan build in five languages. The
illustrations are located near the center of
I like to make a copy of the
illustrations or pull them from the
manual. This allows me to read the
text-based assembly directions and view
the accompanying illustrations, without
flipping back and forth in the manual.
The Multiplex Tucan features
M-Frame construction, which is a
strong, internal wood skeleton of sorts.
It provides a sturdy point of attachment
for the motor, flight battery, and
undercarriage. The quality of the laser-cut light plywood is excellent and the
pieces align nicely via a series of notches
This wooden support structure is
assembled on the bench, and then
sandwiched between the two Elapor
fuselage halves. Foam-safe variations of
CA adhesive should not be used when
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