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December 17, 2018
The benefits of building

Building can be fun, educational and rewarding, especially when you see your final product. You can learn so much more from building. Think of the enjoyment you can gain as you discover how the elevator causes the glider to go up and down, while the rudder makes it turn left and right. Building also allows you to look at plans and see how everything is fitted together in its proper place. You will be able to familiarize yourself with the materials for building such as balsa wood, crazy glue, exacto knife and monokote. You will become skillful as you learn how to cut the thin lightweight wooden balsa strips with a scaple like instrument, called an exacto knife. Then learn to join each part together with crazy glue. It only takes a few seconds for the glue to dry. This part of the construction used to take days to complete but now, with new technology available, you can have your model almost ready to fly in just a few hours of work. Next you want to cover your model with monokote. This is a skin-like substance which when iron on, will adhere to the frane of the model and give it it's strength, shape and beautiful color. Now you are almost ready to fly, but first you need to install the radio equipment.

Unless you're an expert in electronics I do not recommend building the radio control equipment (R/C) gear. Save yourself some frustration and buy it instead. This equipment consist of a transmitter, a receiver and some servos. The servos are the mechanical link between the radio gear and the model's moving parts such as the rudder and elevator. The fun part comes when you see how this radio control stuff works. Try it out before you install it in the model glider. The batteries are not included when the R/C equipment is sold, so you need to purchase some. Make sure you get the ones recommended by the manufacturer. After that, you can turn on the transmitter first and then the receiver. The transmitter has a control stick on it called the 'joystick'. You use the joystick tocontrol the movements of the servos. Try moving the joystick to the left and right and watch one of the servos spring ino magic like action. Move about ten feet away from the receiver and try moving the joystick up and down. Watch how the other servo comes alive. It's fascinating to see how each servo can be moved with just a flick of the fingers in the desired direction. Now you're ready to install this gear into the model glider. Take caution to hook up the servos correctly, otherwise you may get down for up or up for down. If you do make such a mistake, don't panic! you can easily reverse the mechanical link and fix the problem. Well enough about building - let's get out there and fly this bird.

Flying the model glider