Made with Xara Web Designer Now, after buying your first aircraft, these are some key points that you should ALWAYS follow: (I will use a standard 4-channel nitro trainer as an example)  • When you start building the plane, always follow the instructions. Just because you think that a part isn’t important, generally it is! • Make sure to use recommended glue. Basic 5- and 30-minute epoxy will work fine. You should also buy a bottle of instant bonding CA glue from your hobby store. Just don’t glue your fingers to the wood! Generally CA (Cyanoacrylate) glue works best on your balsa wood to balsa wood glue jobs. Use the epoxy for bass or plywood areas such as when gluing the wing halves together. • It is also very important to use threadlocker. Blue-type will work best to keep important bolts and nuts tight. Examples would be: the engine mount bolts, wheel collar set screws, and other important bolts that hold parts in place. Do not buy the red-type threadlocker, as it is considered somewhat permanent. • Make sure that your instructor double-checks all areas of the plane before the “maiden flight.” Things that you are not familiar with such as control throws, center of gravity, and so forth are items of high importance. If an instructor does not check these things, consider getting a new instructor! • If you are unsure of a way to put together a certain item on the plane or just need help, do not hesitate to call your instructor. Most of the time, they are nice people and are willing to help! Many things in r/c are confusing; choosing an experienced instructor is the answer!    1954- Rocky Mountain Modeleers Page <1, 2> Hobbico Nexstar Aircraft “Lingo”:  ARF – (Almost-Ready-To-Fly) – In the box comes only the airframe; no engine or radio equipment is supplied. This allows the buyer to choose his/her own equipment for the aircraft. RTF – (Ready-To-Fly) – This type was mentioned above. The aircraft comes completely equipped. All the purchaser needs is field equipment. Kit-built – In the box you will find an instruction manual and many little wood pieces. This allows the builder to construct his/her own airframe and cover the bare wood in a custom color scheme. This type is definitely for the advanced builder! CA glue – Cyanoacrylate glue -- Very fast drying. For use on balsa wood and many other materials. Will fuse skin to wood! Now, here are some general rules and setup points: (Once again, I will use a standard 4-channel nitro trainer as my example) Engine and fuel: Most RTF (Ready-to-fly) nitro trainer planes come with a .40 or .46 two-cycle engine. For example, a Hobbico Superstar Select comes standard with an O.S. .40 two-cycle. Two-cycle (or two-stroke) engines require 10% to 15% nitro fuel. The 15% stands for the nitro content in the fuel. Four-cycle engines generally prefer 20%/20%. The first number is the nitro content; the second number in the synthetic oil content. A helicopter engine would preferably run on 30%. Propeller: With different altitudes across the country, different propellers are required. For instance, in Colorado, at over 5,000 feet above sea level, a 10X6 prop would be a good match for a .40 two-cycle. But, in California at sea level, a smaller prop may be necessary. Radio equipment: There are many different types and brands of radio equipment on the market. Most standard nitro trainers come with basic 4-channel transmitters. Included with the transmitter are servos, a receiver, and a Nickel Cadmium battery pack. Some recently released trainer planes, such as the Hobbico Nexstar, are equipped with a more advanced 6-channel radio system; this transmitter is computer assisted. Although somewhat complicated, computer radios make setup on an airplane or helicopter much easier. Most 4-channel radios require manual adjustments on the airframe, whereas with a computer radio, you are allowed to make an adjustment in the transmitter itself, which “transmits” to the servos. In addition, a 4- channel transmitter limits you to the main controls – elevator, aileron, rudder, and throttle. With a 6-channel, on the other hand, you can enjoy flaps, retractable gear, and other “add-ons” if the airplane is so equipped.