in the original instructions, as the parts for
both were provided in my kit.
An important visual feature is the molded
pilot figure and molded canopy. The pilot is
painted by the builder and it, along with the
canopy, is trimmed and glued to a plywood
tray. Don’t forget to include the instrument
panel markings from the decal sheet. This
assembly is mounted with rubber-band tension and is removable for access to the
receiver and battery pack. The builder
applies the decals supplied in the kit. They
are cut from a large sheet and applied by
being pressed into place.
I made three modifications. First, I substituted Sullivan no. 507 Very Flexible control
cable for the elevator linkage because the
elevator control cable supplied had a very
small diameter, and a highly flexible wire
that did not fit closely within its outer
Radio and servo installation, showing the receiver fitted in foam, and the nose weight made of steel shot
held in place with epoxy. This view shows the elevator and rudder linkages.
Author Dave Garwood with Sophisticated Lady
ARF and Futaba Skysport ss3 transmitter.
sheath. I wanted a closer fit and stronger elevator actuation than the supplied parts
seemed to provide. I also soldered small
brass tubes to the control cable ends because
both the Sullivan no. 507 and the supplied
cables for the elevator seemed too small in
diameter for the set-screw servo to grab well.
The cable ends with small brass tubes fitted
on the ends give the hardware a closer fit
and a better “bite.”
An important step in preparing a polyhedral glider for flight, checking wing
washout, was missing from the instruction
manual shipped with the review model.
Making sure the inner wing panels are flat
and the outer wing panels have a little
Flying buddy Rich Loud
launches on a high-start
for a flight for the camera.
Rich was one of three
pilots who enjoyed flying