I enjoy working with Elapor foam. The laser-cut plywood parts in this kit
are crisp and clean.
working with Multiplex Elapor foam. I used Zap-A-Gap
medium CA for my Tucan build. It is not necessary to use CA
accelerator because the set time is quick when working with
When gluing the larger assemblies to one another (fuselage
halves, wing outer sections to wing center section), quickly and
accurately position the components before the CA locks them
When mounting the motor in the nose of the Tucan, three
motor wires pass through the firewall and are connected to
the speed controller. I initially ran them through the circular
opening behind the motor.
These three wires instead must be routed through the
bottom opening in the firewall. Failure to use this lower
opening will result in them contacting the can of the brushless
motor while it is rotating. There is not enough clearance in this
A second issue that I encountered involved the installation
of the Hitec HS-65MG servos used for the elevator and rudder.
These two servos are mounted in molded pockets located at
the rear of the fuselage, with one servo mounted on each side.
These sub-microservos are slightly smaller than the provided
Although there is plenty of space to install them in the
oversized openings, the servo pockets are located near one
another. I used hot glue to anchor them in the pockets, and as
I was sliding the second servo into its pocket, I found that it
contacted the other servo and pushed it up out of its pocket.
The hot glue cured before I could get both servos in place,
forcing me to carefully cut them free and start over.
The quality of the molded Elapor foam components is first
rate. My horizontal and vertical stabilizers keyed into their
respective locations and were perfectly positioned and square.
There was no need to sand any of the components to correct
molding inaccuracies, which can be the case when working
with foam kits.
Multiplex includes high-quality Tucan graphics on two large
sheets of adhesive decals. Graphics for the cockpit panels and
seats are included, but pilot figures for the cockpit are not. I
used a pair of ParkZone T- 28 pilots that were in my hangar.
Both were without a ride. Although the assembly manual
suggests painting the cockpit gray, I painted mine flat black.
The included Lexan canopy is tinted smoky gray. Although
I like the look of the tinted canopy, this one is so dark that it
mostly obscures the cockpit graphics and pilot figures. Sticking
to the recommended gray in the cockpit might have made the
interior more visible. Having a clear canopy would allow one to
dress up the cockpit with bits of scale realism and show off the
fruits of one’s labors.
The assembly manual suggests attaching the included Elapor
spinner with a few drops of CA. I instead used a couple of thin
strips of double-sided tape and found it more than capable of
securely holding the spinner in place.
It is often too easy to accidentally apply too much CA to
a component because of an aged or fatigued tip on the glue
bottle. The tape ensures that the spinner can easily be removed
should one need, or want, to put a new propeller on the Tucan.
The fixed undercarriage fits nicely into the cutouts in the
wing and forward fuselage. It attaches to the M-Frame and
appears to be well engineered to soak up the forces applied by
Another attractive Tucan option listed by Multiplex is a five-cell packaged brushless power system (Multiplex part number
333664), but the only official, packaged brushless power set
The Tucan was designed to accept a set of DSR-46T electric retracts as
an alternative to the included fixed tricycle gear, without the need for
The light plywood M-Frame construction gives the Tucan a strong,
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