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Maverick Assembly Guide

Maverick is a 1.5-meter full-house balsa RC electric glider designed for thermal hunting and F5K competitions.

It features mainly wooden construction, reinforced with composite tubes and rods.

The entire design of the kit was using the idea of a simple build process that will make more people try F5K and thermal soaring. However, you will need to have some building experience already to finish this kit successfully.

For some inspiration, build tips flight reports and more, check Maverick RCGroups Thread, and feel free to share your builds there as well.

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Below, you will find an instruction on how to build this model.

Let’s get started!

Part 1. Vertical Fin & Tailplane

Before you start, prepare a flat surface and use a plan provided with the kit as a reference for building a fin and tailplane.

Pro Tip:

Cover the plan with some clear film or clear sticky tape to avoid the kit parts sticking to the paper during assembly.

Part 2. Fuselage

Pro Tips:

  1. Use a flat surface to build your fuse.
  2. The bottom and sidewalls of the fuse are designed to be completely flat to make it easier to assemble.

Part 3. Wings

Assemble your wing on a flat surface and use a printed plan provided with the kit for reference.

Wing’s ribs have tabs that ease up the build.

Before the wing assembly, take all 1.5mm CF rods and place them on the plan to identify the places where they will be installed.

Pro Tip:

After assembling the flaps and ailerons, use a drop or two of thin CA glue to Ā«soakĀ» the 3mm balsa ribs from the CF leading edge to approx. half of their length.

This will produce a better covering experience later on and will prevent these ribs from cracking under the tension of the covering film.

Part 4. Wing Servo Installation

Pro-Tips:

  1. The Ā«defaultĀ» servo installation uses small servo arms that hide under the wing covering. Drill the aileron servo arm as close to the horn basement as possible. In most cases, for the flap servo, you can use the first hole, closest to the center. 
  2. Make sure that the servo horn can move freely under the future covering.
  3. We recommend using Z-bend on the pushrods inside the wing and L-bend on the control horn side. 
  4. In case you prefer the Ā«open servo horn installationĀ» just cut the openings in the wing servo plates and install the servos sticking the arms through them. Servo clevises might be useful in this case.
  5. Hinge control surfaces with a sticky tape or covering film. We also recommend gluing ~5x10mm mylar hinges spread by ~100mm to prevent control surface play and create a sustainable axis along the edges. 
  6. In case you will notice a slop between the servo arm, pushrod, and control horn, put a drop of CA on the hole while the pushrod is connected. Let the glue cure and move/spin the parts to “break” the glue and make the system move. Now you have a slop-free pushrod connection.

Get Ready For Maiden!

Once done, you are ready to install your receiver, program a model on your transmitter, and head to the flying field.

SoarOTX F5J template may come in handy here.

Note, we do not recommend flying Maverick in the winds over 6m/s.

And please, share your build and flight report on the Maverick thread on RCGroups.

Happy flying!