Radio Controlled Rocket Glider Kits
F-106 Rocket Glider Kit(no longer being made)
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 11.25" forward of the TE of the wing
(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.
F-106 Rocket glider instructions
Identify all pieces, the kit should contain:
2 Wing halves (taped together , do not remove tape it is there to align the pieces
Fuse doubles Left and Right are marked, it makes a difference.
Fuselage halves(taped together, do not remove this tape, it is there to align the pieces when glued)
Velcro(for battery and rx attachment)
2 Rail buttons or 1 Launch lug
Styrene strip for reinforcing the bottom of the model and the rail button/launch lug attachment.
3M blenderm tape
Short and long carbon wing spars.
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.
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.
NOTE: 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. If you use 220 grit you need to be very light handed. In areas where you want a large radius, you can cut a 45 degree bevel on the edge first with an exacto knife, then sand that rounded. Make sure you do any sanding to pieces before you assemble the model.
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. Center the servo output arm by removing the screw and pulling the output arm off and re-installing it as close to center as possible and re-install the screw. Use a servo arm with approx. 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. Zero out any trim settings on the transmitter. With the model upside down and supported, lay a servo on each side near the control surface. You want the servo wire to be pointing toward the front of the model and the servo output shaft to be facing each wing tip and the servo arms pointed up. When you move the elevator stick back(up elevator) both servo arms should move toward the rear of the model(will push the control surface up). When you move the aileron stick to the right, the right servo arm should move toward the rear of the model(up elevon) and the left servo should move away from the rear of the model(down elevon). If you can’t get the servo reversing to give you the right polarity try swapping aileron/elevator inputs to the receiver. (On my model which uses a spektrum 4 or 6 ch receiver and DX7 radio, after centering the servos using sub-trim, the left wing servo goes to aileron channel, and right wing servo to elevator. Aileron and Elevator servo direction is ^ on the radio. I use 100% servo travel, but then set aileron dual rate at 75% and elevator dual rate at 125%. I set the flap/elevator mix to the flap switch at up 75 for glide. And 0 for boost)
Once you have the servos moving the right way, you can proceed