Being new to the hobby, you will need guidance on how to build your plane and take off with your first flight. To avoid making any regrettable mistake, this article provided will guide you through.
The first and most important part is being familiar with the model you have just purchased. To do so, you need to read the instructions carefully and completely as each model differs from the other. Manuals or as others would call them, “manufacturer guides” are created and made available to help anyone make the most out of a new purchased item. Without a manual, if something goes wrong, you wouldn’t know what to do or how to keep your item (in this case RC plane) in good running condition for its full intended lifecycle. RC plane manuals cover everything you need to know like; the contents of the pack, additional items required, the tools and supplies required for your build, and of course detailed description and illustrations on how to go about the build and first take off.
While building your plane, it is important that you use the right size of tools and tightening the screws too hard will lead to breakage, therefore that needs to be avoided If your landing gears are not mounted in properly, keep in mind that your plane is bound to get damaged so always check your landing gear mounts to ensure that they are glued in properly. A very useful tip that not a lot of RC pilots know is that to add extra safety and promote effectiveness, use clear packing tape or 3m hinge tape to support the foam hinges. It is essential that the CG (center of gravity), control throws (rate of travel), dual rates, and expo (control sensitivity) are set up properly so do not skip this section of the manual. Take a look at your control surfaces to ensure that they are moving in the proper direction based on the inputs of your radio.
Before plugging in your battery, there are a few important things to remember:
•Unhook the clevis and remove pushrods from control horns to reduce the risk of a servo binding when it is first powered on before, you can adjust the servo’s direction in your radio.
•The radio has to be turned on BEFORE the battery is plugged in.
It is important that you do not leave the battery plugged into the aircraft for more than twenty minutes and remember to always unplug the battery after a flight before turning off the radio (remember this sequence). Batteries can be purchased from our online store at HobbyGulf.com
Regular maintenance is required to prolong the life of your model. This should be done preferably after every 10 flights or a hard landing. Examine the parts of your plane for any signs of damage such as the propellers, retracts, control hardware, fuel tanks, etc and don’t forget to tighten lose screws.