Quality wood with clean laser cutting was included in the kit. It arrives in a plastic bag which
can protect the plans while building.
The electric combo package includes the kit, electric motor, speed control, propeller, motor
mount set, connectors, arming switch, Velcro, hinges, and pushrods.
The wing is built in three pieces. The center
section is joined to the wing panel with a
dihedral brace. Proper dihedral is built in so you
can’t go wrong. The entire wing is one piece.
the electric conversion kit, electric
motor, speed control, propeller, motor
mount set, connectors, arming switch,
Velcro, hinges, and pushrods.
Alien Aircraft, headed by Tom Herr,
will soon be promoting more 40-60 size
laser-cut kits. Some of the outstanding
features of the kit are: semisymmetrical
airfoil, all laser-cut wooden parts, tab-and-notch construction for quick and
accurate assembly, 3-D CAD design for
precision parts fit, and three full-size
computer-drawn plans. Also included
are a quality hardware pack, peel-and-stick decals, a formed cowl, and prebent
An instruction manual is not
included and must be viewed or
downloaded and printed from the
company’s website. I prefer hard copies
such as those included with most
kits. I don’t like to hunt for them on
the Internet or risk getting glue on
my iPad. The upside, though, is that
Alien Aircraft can instantly update the
Part numbers are not engraved on
the parts. Take time to mark the parts
with guidance from the online manual.
Construction begins with the tail
feathers. The stabilizer, elevator, fin, and
rudder are laser cut from 1/8-inch sheet
balsa. Then 1/16 sheet balsa is applied
to both sides of each and you’re done,
except for shaping and sanding.
The fuselage requires more time
to construct and has more parts.
After joining the two sides, they are
assembled with bulkheads positioned in
slots to assure the position and squaring
of the fuselage. This is where the
laser cutting shines. The fit is superb,
allowing you to correctly put together
the parts with the help of the plans.
If you find the parts fit too tight and
things won’t mate, use an emery board
or a small file to lightly sand them. The
fuselage, constructed mostly of poplar
plywood, took shape quickly as each
part was installed.
The wings are robust and constructed
in the traditional way by laying down
a hefty 3/8-inch square basswood spar,
installing the ribs, and then the LE and
TE with shear webbing between the
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