The Invader RC Rocket glider kit is based on the Centuri UFO Invader rocket kit but modified to glide. It has a UFO disk shaped wing, a sleek graceful vertical stab with mid wing stabilizers. It comes with a plastic nose cone, 2.6″ white tubing for the body, Depron wing and 6mm depron tail surface. The wing is pre-grooved for the spar, control surfaces are pre-hinged, and the body tube is pre slotted for the vertical stab and wing. Please refer to the General information for all kits tab above, then read these instructions completely before starting assembly. High quality cut vinyl decals available HERE.
CG location for rocket flight: 16 3/8″ forward of the rear end of the body tube. 38″ long, 20″ wingspan, 11-11.5 oz rtf.
Unpacking your kit:
The kits are packed to protect them in shipping, but the contents are fragile so unpack carefully. Carefully cut the tape holding the tubes in the box, then unwrap/lightly cut the plastic wrap to free the tubes, the spar may be packed in the tubes and the baggie with the little parts and nose cone will be in the tubes as well. Carefully cut the tape holding the cardboard wing protector in the box and carefully remove it, don’t pull hard or bend it. Then carefully cut the tape holding the cardboard top piece to the bottom. There may be some sticky tape holding the cardboard to the bottom cardboard piece, carefully peel it being sure not to bend anything. Once the top cardboard is free you can see the foam wing/tail parts, there are little fragile pieces in here, so unwrap carefully. It may be best to use an exacto to lightly cut the plastic wrap and carefully remove it without cutting into the foam. Make sure everything is free before you remove the pieces to avoid breaking anything. Kits contain one or two scrap pieces for repairs if you damage anything in construction or flight, just cut and patch in a spare piece of the foam if needed using foam safe CA+.
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. Read through the instructions, look at the photos and be sure you understand the step before committing to cutting or glue.
Identify all pieces, the kit should contain:
1 Nose Cone
1 vertical stabilizer
2 mid wing stabilizers(egg shaped parts)
1 wing spar
2 control horns/Pushrods
2 Body Tubes
1 13/16″ x 2.5″ wide strips to center the motor tube
Velcro(for battery and rx/bec attachment)
2 Rail buttons with t nuts/screws
Notes before starting:
Foam safe CA+(Bob smith super gold + is good) is the only glue recommended for construction. You will also need foam safe accellerator to set the glue.
You may use 320 grit sandpaper and a sanding block to slightly round the edges of the foam if you prefer before gluing the wing and vertical stab in place. Do any sanding before assembly.
- Find the pre-marked rail button locations on the tube with the coupler, Cut the holes and Install the t nuts and rail buttons. On later kits this is already done for you.
- Glue the other tube onto the coupler so that the arrow marks are aligned, the tube is cut by hand and if you line up the marks the seam will be perfect.
- Unfold the wing and glue the center taped joint with CA+. Glue the spar in the slot, then when set, apply blenderm tape over the center joint and the spar.
- Test fit the wing in the wing slot, sand or trim as needed so it does not drag on the wing and make grooves in the foam. Insert the wing. Make sure the wing is centered, there are some dots on the bottom of the wing to help judge if the front and rear are centered, and glue in place. The body tube may tend to flatten somewhat so you may need to squeeze the tube a little to make sure the tube stays round as you glue it in place.
- Glue the vertical fin into place and make sure the vertical fin is straight up and down using a triangle or something similar. Apply a light filet to both sides of the vertical stab on the inside and outside of the body tube.
- Glue the 2.5″ long foam strip on the motor tube using foam safe CA+ on any one of the three pencil lines. This helps center the motor tube in the body tube once you insert it into the body tube.
- Test fit the motor mount into the body tube/wing slot and under the fin tab. Make sure it fits, or sand the foam tab lightly. Glue the motor tube in place, it will inset about 1/2″ from the end of the body tube. Put a fillet on each side of the motor mount tabs and fuselage, NOTE*** the motor hook is glued at the front, make sure you have the front forward when you glue it in place. Make sure the vertical stab stays vertical.
- Note that there should be two holes on each control surface. Apply CA+ to each of the control horns and press them in place in the underside of each control surface into the pre-made holes. The control horn holes face forward and the pushrod should be closest to the body tube. Apply a fillet around the control horn on the the prongs on the bottom of the wing to lock them in place.
- Test fit then install the two mid wing egg shaped stabilizers. The long tapered section goes up and the lower section will stick down no more than 1.25″ below the wing. There may be little black dots to indicate how far down they should stick. If they go down further they will hit the ground before the body tube when landing. Make sure they are perpendicular to the wing and glue in place.
the basic construction of the airframe is 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 and use that arm to get sufficient length. Zero out any trim settings on the transmitter.
- Connect each servo to a pushrod. If the pushrod is too tight, you can use twist an X-Acto knife in the servo arm hole to make it larger, but be careful and do not make it too large. The servo should be next to the body tube on the bottom of the wing, with the servo electrical wire pointing forward and the servo arm pointing toward the wing tip. Hold each servo in place so that the control surfaces are centered. With the model right side up look at it from the rear. Moving the transmitter stick back(up elevator) should move both elevons up. Moving the transmitter stick to the right should move the right elevon up and the left elevon down. If you can’t get the servo reversing to give you the right polarity try swapping aileron/elevator inputs to the receiver or turning the servos over and swapping the servo arms to the other side of the output shaft. If that is correct, continue.
- The servos may be attached to the model using double back servo mounting tape(not included) or by directly gluing the servo to the wing with foam safe CA+. Double back servo tape can loosen over time and with exposure to heat, I prefer to glue the servo in place. With the radio still on, put a moderate amount of glue on the servo, being careful not to get any near the output shaft, and set it in place on the model next to the body tube keeping the control surface centered. Do the same to the other side. Make sure the glue is set before continuing. Note** The servo wire should point toward the front of the model. Apply a fillet of glue around the servo/wing to help secure it and let it cure being careful not to get any glue near the output shaft of the servo.
- Attach a 18″ to 24″ servo extension to each servo. You just need to be able to route the wire to the front of the tube to attach it to the receiver.
- Make a 1/8″ wide by 1/2″ long slot in the body tube on each side of the body tube near the servo and pass the wires through to the inside and toward the front. On my model I just made a U shaped cut, folded the cardboard forward, inserted the wire then folded the cardboard back over the slot/wire. I then glued the cardboard tab in place. See photo for more clarity. I taped the servo wires down to the wing using the blenderm tape.
- Re-Attach the servo wires to the receiver and make sure they are going the right direction.
- Make sure the control surfaces are centered, use trims if needed. Now measure the control surface movement. Full elevator movement should be 1″ in each direction, aileron movement should be 7/8″ in either direction. Note these look like a lot of movement but the surface is curved so the deflection at the inboard tip is a lot but not so much outboard. All measurements at the inboard surface tip.
- If you have a flap/elevator mix you can program up elevator trim for boost and glide. If you can’t set the up elevator trim to a switch on your radio you’ll have to manually put in boost and glide trim using the trim tabs which is hard to do while flying the model. My model needed slight down trim for boost and about 1/2″ to 5/8″ of uptrim for glide.
- Use the included Velcro to attach the receiver insde the body tube far enough in that the nose cone won’t hit it. This allows you to be able to remove and replace the receiver if needed for repairs or for removing the servo wires.
- I attached the battery inside the nose cone on the bottom of the shoulder with velcro.
- Install the receiver and battery
- Insert your heaviest loaded rocket motor into the motor mount
- If you choose to paint your model use ONLY Testors or Model master enamel paints, this will add approx 1/2 ounce to the flight weight, be sure to re-balance your model after painting as it will be more tail heavy with paint.
- Support the model upside down at the balance point indicated for boost. Glue as much lead weight included in the nose as needed to balance it. Do not try to fly the model too nose or tail heavy. Remember, a nose heavy model flies poorly, a tail heavy model flies once.
- Flying: See the General Instruction link at the top for flying instructions. Be ready on the first few flights to keep the model straight till you have the trims set perfectly for boost and glide.
The photos below are for reference but please read through and follow the steps in order as the text is written.