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Model Airplane News - April 2013

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Model Airplane News - April 2013

Seagull Glasair

Seagull Glasair Sportsman Ganging Up on the Assembly Line Whenever you build a model airplane, you are always thinking of building or assembling it correctly and quickly so you can get in the air quickly. After a read through of the instruction manual, I try to “gang” like processes in order to expedite assemblies. For example, when hinging is necessary, I’ll do every control surface before I move on. The same goes for the control horns; I attach them all at the same time. Typically, I like to have the model “on its feet,” so I install the landing gear earlier than specified in the instructions. Again, I have read the entire manual beforehand. I also try to install all linkages and servos in the same sitting, along with any other wiring, extensions, switches, safety clips, etc. associated with the guidance package. Then all I have to do is locate my receiver and battery and plug everything into those. When it comes to the powerplant, I make sure to install the mount(s), motor or engine, fuel tank if used, all plumbing, and then the cowl, prop, and spinner before moving on. Doing things this way allows me to complete assembly processes without forgetting a step and in less time—getting me in the air that much faster. their union simple. For power, you can use a 2- or 4-stroke engine or a 50mm outrunner motor. The Saito engine I use fit easily on the provided mounts. These mounts are fastened into the firewall through pre-installed blind nuts. No measuring/marking/drilling is needed, but you do need to make sure your spinner backplate distance is correct so it doesn’t rub on the cowl. There is plenty of room for my glow setup and there is also enough room to install a 20cc gas engine on the nose of this model should you want to go that direction. I did make one addition: a 90-degree exhaust manifold that relocates In the air, or on the ground, the Glasair Sportsman 2+2 is a great-looking, out-of-the-ordinary sport scale flyer. the muffler and makes for less cowl cutting. All of the included hardware is metric and BSI blue thread-lock was used on all metal fastener connections for longevity. The decals are all precut (cool!) and went on well. The only thing not listed in the manual was how to route the wing wiring to the receiver. Make your life easier with 18-inch extensions; they pass through precut holes in the cockpit behind the two included pilot figures and feed into the radio compartment. Conclusion Seagull’s Glasair is a well-engineered ARF and has a very quick build time. I took my time and still got it done in 16 hours. I ended up using the manual available on Horizon Hobby’s website, which is in full color. This model airplane is definitely a winner; I’m stoked with the looks of the Glasair and it’s a fun, versatile flyer. 30 MORE FROM THIS ISSUE AT MODELAIRPLANENEWS.COM

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