Radio Controlled Rocket Glider Kits
Welcome to the world of rocket boosted radio control gliders. This is not a model for a novice RC pilot, but anyone who is comfortable with RC flying of a medium speed model should be fine. Read through the instructions, look at the photos and be sure you understand the step before commiting to cutting or glue.
Mach 2 Rocket glider instructions
Identify all pieces, the kit should contain:
1 wing taped together
2 control horns.
1 Horzontal stab
1 Vertical Stabilizer
1 Body Tube
1 foam keel.
2 foam wing reinforcing strips
2 foam motor mount reinforcing strips
Velcro(for battery and rx/bec attachment)
2 Rail buttons(2 washers, 2 collars, 2 screws, 2 rail button mounts) or 1 Launch lug and styrene strip for attachment
3M blenderm tape
1 wing spar.
Sheet with marking templates and canopy
Electric motor adapter
Notes before starting:
Reference to CA+ means foam safe CA+, normal CA+ will melt the foam! Normally you need to use accelerator to get the CA to set on the foam since there is nothing for it to soak into and activate.
You may use 220-320 grit sandpaper and a sanding block to slightly round the edges of the foam if you prefer that look. It will not markedly impact the flight performance either way. Be very careful and use a light touch, it is very easy to catch the foam on the edge of the paper and tear the foam. Do any sanding before assembly.
Epoxy is not needed in this model. Weight is critical and the model is designed for the thrust and flight loads. Weight in the rear end is bad and will require additional weight in the front of the model.
The basic construction is now complete.
Note: Your radio needs to be configured for Delta mixing, this means that the servo arms will move the same direction during elevator stick movement and opposite for aileron stick movement. Connect your servos to the receiver one in the aileron connection and one on the elevator connection and apply power. Use a servo arm at least 9/16” long and with holes small enough that there won’t be slop with the pushrod wire when installed. I use the hole furthest out on the servo arm, to maximize movement. On some servos there are a long two-ended servo arm, you can trim off one end if needed to get sufficient length. Zero out any trim settings on the transmitter. The model once the motor has burned out is nose heavy and flying wings lose pitch authority when nose heavy so you want as much up elevator travel for trim/flare as possible.
Flying: See the Instruction/Information link at the top for flying instructions Note this model uses a slight down trim for boost unlike the other models which use neutral controls for boost. Be ready on the first few flights to keep the model straight till you have the trims set perfectly.
Mach 2 Rocket Glider Kit
This model is themed on the old Centuri Mach 10 rocket boosted glider kit. On this version nothing is ejected from the model. The tail was shorted slightly for stiffness and the wings moved forward slightly to compensate for lateral stability requirements. The canopy is printed on thick photo paper.
(This model requires two 12" servo extensions. I also recommend flying this on the Aerotech E-6 RC reload for the first several flights as it gives the slowest boost and allows you to trim the model if neeed.) Please refer to the notes on items needed for completion and flying,then read the instructions completely before starting assembly. The assembly photos are for general reference but may not include every step in the manual. CG location for rocket flight should be 11 1/2" from the front of the body tube. The front of the wing should be glued at 3 3/4" from the front of the body tube at the forward mark. (for electric flight start 3/16" forward of the rocket CG)
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