Radio Controlled Rocket Glider Kits
SST Rocket Glider Kit
The SST RC Rocket glider kit is modeled after the supersonic Concorde Mach2+ airliner. It has a light wing loading giving it a very nice glide and easy/stable boost. It comes with a plastic nose cone, 2" white tubing for the body and depron wing and tail surfaces. Construction is very simple and takes about an hour. You will need two 10 gram type servos, two 16”-18" servo extensions, a receiver, and a small 500mah single cell lipo battery. You will need a transmitter with delta or elevon mixing.
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 instructions. If you want hardcopy to work from, all you have to do is click/drag/select and copy all of the text below the photos, open word and paste with "keep original format" and it looks exactly like it does online then you can print it.
CG location for rocket flight: 13 5/16” forward of the wing trailing edge.
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 committing to cutting or glue.
SST Rocket glider instructions
Identify all pieces, the kit should contain:
1 wing taped together
2 wing spars(carbon fiber)
1 vertical stabilizer
2 long Foam wing reinforcing strips
2 short foam motor reinforcing strips
1 forward body tube
1 rear body tube with angled cut, slot and coupler installed
Six square foam blocks.
Velcro(for battery and rx/bec attachment)
2 Rail buttons plastic mounting plugs/screws or 1 Launch lug
3 landing skids
3M blenderm tape
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 recommended for this model except for the motor mount. 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 epoxy is recommended only for the motor mount to give time to get it aligned properly before the glue sets. Use it sparingly only on the motor mount!
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.