glue in the control horn with the pushrod closest to the body tube, repeat on other side, then flip over model and put some CA on the post that sticks through the top of the control surface.
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.
StratoDart Rocket glider instructions
Identify all pieces, the kit should contain:
1 wing taped together
1 wing spar(carbon fiber)
1 Nose Cone
1 vertical stabilizer
2 control horns
2 Centering rings
2 Body Tubes
Velcro(for battery and rx/bec attachment)
2 Rail buttons with t nuts/screws or 1 Launch lug
2 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 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. Be ready on the first few flights to keep the model straight till you have the trims set perfectly for boost and glide.
cut a small slot in the body tube and route the servo wire and extension forward to the front of the model, fold the tab back and glue in place to hide the hole.
StratoDart Rocket Glider Kit
The StratoDart RC Rocket glider kit. It features a mid mounted sst/concorde style delta wing and tail, a plastic nose cone with molded panel lines, 2" white tubing for the body and depron wing and tail surfaces. It has a light wing loading giving it a very nice glide and easy/stable boost. Construction is very simple and takes about an hour and a half. The only hard part on this model is cutting the slot for the wing after you assemble the body tubes, however the slot locations are pre-marked for you. You will need two 10 gram type servos, two 12"-18" servo extensions, a receiver, and a small 500mah single cell lipo battery. You will need a transmitter with delta or elevon mixing. Stickershock has cut vinyl decal sets for both Pan Am and TWA logos that will fit this model. Click here:
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" measured from the rear end of the main body tube assembly, this should be approx 1/2" behind the joint between the two body tubes.
Up trim for glide
Carefully cut the wing slots, check that the wing fits easily in the slot. Take your time and use a sharp exacto and angle aluminum guide if possible.
Insert a pushrod into the outermost hole in each control horn, make sure you insert a rod into a right and left side control horn.
Glue the centering rings on the motor mount at the pre-marked lines.
Install a servo on the inside of each pushrod then glue in place once control directions are correct and the surfaces are centered.
Radio Controlled Rocket Glider Kits
connect the servo wires to the receiver, make sure the controls are moving the correct way, then velcro the receiver to the inside top of the body tube about 2" back from the end.
Install the rail button assembly onto the blind nut. Repeat for the front rail button.
Red vinyl stripe on bottom to help with orientation.
Using a tool make a hole in the front and rear RB marks to fit the rail button blind nut.
Glue the wing joint using foam safe CA+
Insert the wing into the slot.
Glue in the rear skid in front of the rail button. Use an exacto then a round screwdriver to make the holes for the posts.
Add a small amount of CA+ to the top of the control horn posts to lock them in place.
Make sure the wing is centered and glue in place with foam safe CA+
Glue the body tubes together using CA+ making sure to align the "coupler" marks
install the battery
Glue the vertical tail into the slot, make sure it is perpendicular to the wing and the tail is straight with no warps.
Downtrim for boost
Install the motor mount in the rear of the model and glue with CA+
insert the rail button blind nuts
Glue the front skid in front of the rail button, make sure the skid does not interfer with the nose cone shoulder.
Glue in the spar, then tape over with blenderm tape
Put a small piece of velcro in the inside shoulder of the nose cone for the battery.