Radio Controlled Rocket Glider Kits
X-Plane Rocket Glider Kit
The X-Plane is styled after a real hypersonic research vehicle. The model features a full flying tail for pitch/roll control just like the real plane. Construction is straight forward and gives a great looking model with very good boost/glide characteristics.
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. You can refer to the video here to see how to assemble the X-Plane on the main Instruction page as well.
CG location for rocket flight 1/4" rearward from the wing/fuselage intersection
(for electric flight start 1/4" forward of the rocket CG)
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. This model has a very moderate glide and slow landing speed. Read through the instructions, look at the photos and be sure you understand the step before commiting to cutting or glue.
X-Plane Rocket glider instructions
Identify all pieces, the kit should contain:
Wing and rear fuse(taped together)(A)
Forward FuselageTop view (B)
Fuse doubler(taped together)(E)
Upper fuselage side view(taped together)(C)
Lower fuselage side view(taped together)(D)
Velcro(for battery and rx/bec attachment)
2 Rail buttons(2 collars, 2 screws, 2 washers, 2 plastic plugs) or 1 Launch lug and styrene strip for mounting
Styrene strips for reinforcing the bottom of the model and the rail button/launch lug attachment.
3M blenderm tape
Electric motor adapter
Notes before starting:
Reference to CA+ means foam safe CA+, normal CA+ will melt the foam!
You may use 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.
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.