Radio Controlled Rocket Glider Kits
Spyplane Rocket Glider Kit
The Spyplane is styled after a real mach3+ reconnaisance aircraft. Construction is straight forward and gives a good looking representation but with very easy boost and slow glide recovery.
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 3/16" forward of the notch where the wing meets the ramjet
(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.
Spyplane 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 doubler (taped together)
2 Vertical stabs (upper left and right)
2 Vertical stabs (lower left and right)
Upper fuselage side view taped together
Lower fuselage side view taped together
Velcro(for battery and rx/bec attachment)
2 Rail buttons( 2 screws, 2 collars, 2 washers, 2 plastic plugs) or 1 Launch lug
Styrene strip for reinforcing the bottom of the model
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.
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.
****Note on some older kits the wings, fuselage top, side and bottom views and doubler were not taped together for you. I did this on later kits to make assembly/alignment easier. For those kits, follow the same steps, however you will need to tape them together using the blender tape on one side, then apply the glue into the joint as the instructions show.***
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.