A look at the underside of the
Fitting the wing into the fuselage requires patience. Check to confirm that it is square using a
seamstress tape measure. Pin it to the center of the tail post then position the wing until you
have the same measurements to each wingtip.
distance from the leading edge of the front
wing to the trailing edge of the stabilizer.
They should be the same.
Install the fin and rudder next. Put 1/2
inch of offset to the right on the rudder,
then take the assembly and square it to the
stabilizer, pin it, and glue it.
Finishing the cockpit area is next. Before
securing the cellulose windshield, paint
the interior and install a pilot bust. Use
a special adhesive such as Pacer Formula
560 for the canopy. Trim, fit, and glue the
windshield in place.
Shaping the cowl takes little time or
effort—a little planing and sanding and
you’re ready to go. Two dowel pins in the
front secure it for flight. You could also use
two small magnets in the back of the cowl.
The glow-powered Super Ringmaster
has limited space for a fuel tank. There
are several manufacturers of .19- and.25-
size engines that will power it well. One of the pictures
shows a 2-ounce tank installed and plumbed with a . 40
engine, but the capacity of the tank can’t support the flight
time needed to fly in competition. I plan to change the
powerplant to a Brodak . 25 and still fly it on 60-foot lines.
The completed Super Ringmaster weighs 26. 8 ounces
with a McCoy . 35 engine. A competitive-minded builder
and flier might want to consider a wingtip weight box and
an adjustable leadout guide to improve the flight trim.
Throughout the years, products have advanced to make
the art of building an attractive, realistic model aircraft
much easier. The techniques and equipment such as laser-cut parts, adhesives, and available finishes also make the
models safer and more efficient to fly.
This airplane is legal for Classic Stunt at the Nats and in
most contests across the country. For sport fliers, the Super
Ringmaster is user-friendly in the air.
In my 59 years of building and flying model airplanes—
everything from 1/2A CL models to a 1/3-scale RC
Stearman—this Micro-Scale Models Super Ringmaster kit is
one I would rate five stars. I recommend it for a terrific time
in the building room and on the flying field.
It is a great kit, complete with all of the necessary
hardware such as wheels, collar, bellcrank, leadouts,
hinges, and pushrod. With laser-cut parts, the plans
sheet, and an instruction manual, constructing
the model is simple. If you would like to build
something that does not overwhelm your time and
ability, try this Super Ringmaster.
If you come to the 2015 Nats in Muncie, Indiana,
you will likely see my Super Ringmaster fly.
Whether for sport or competition, it is all about
fun. Enjoy building! Enjoy flying!
73 Model Aviation JUNE 2015 www.ModelAviation.com