Assembling the Horsa Glider Kit.

by. Josh Kael

The Horsa Glider Kit KK-141 comes in several parts and requires some cleaning up, assembly and a little fitting and filling. All in all it's nothing too difficult the whole process took me less that half an hour, it truth it took longer to pose and take the photographs than it did to do the actual work. So lets get started

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.Materials

The kit comes in just 4 parts a fuselage, a wing and two tailplanes. Equipment you will need is nothing more complex that a modelling knife, a file/emery board or piece of wet&dry paper what ever you prefer a 1mm drill some 1mm brass rod an a pot of superglue. And if you want to be really professional some modelling putty milliput, green stuff whatever your preference

Cleaning up you kit.

Due to the way we were forced to mould the kit you will need to remove some mould lines and some slight surface roughness. I found first running the edge of a modelling knife along the mould lines and then following up with a home made emery board to smooth everything off worked really well and only took about 5-7 mins for the whole kit.

.Assembly

I figured the trickiest part would be getting the tailplanes attached correctly and sturdily. It turned out to be really easy and pretty idiot proof. First I drilled a couple of 1mm diam holes in the rudder just lower than were the halfway point would be.
Next I drilled on hole in one of the tailplanes where I estimated it would line up with one of the holes I've just drilled
Then I glued a length of Brass into the hole a then cut off the excess leaving a fairly long length attached, enough to go all the way through the rudder section and about 1cm into the tailplane on the other side
Now you can just glue the tailplane onto the rudder using superglue. Don't forger to ensure the tailplane is straight and level from all angles.
Remember we drilled two holes in the Rudder, fitting the second pin is a piece of P... errm, really simple. We're going to get our drill bit and from the opposite of the rudder we're going to drill back into the tailplane we've just fitted. And then glue in a second pin. Easy
Right. There had to be one skilful bit, a bit where it could all ar.. up erm quite wrong.

Don't panic, this is it but it's not that bad. All we have to do is mark where we're going to drill the two holes for the rods so we can attach the second tailplane. Just hold the tailplane in one hand so it lines up with the first one and using a fine pen or sharp pencil mark where the brass rods touch the curved surface of the tailplane.

From there it's just a matter of gluing the second tailplane on and maybe filling in any gaps with a bit of putty.

Take a few moments to ensure that both sides of the tail are aligned and level before the glue dries.

No if you want to go the extra yard then why not add some tail struts, it's just a matter of cutting two lengths of a suitable material, I used brass but round section plastic or even toothpicks would do and then using two good sized blobs of superglue stick them in place.
And then it's the easiest job last just fit the wing, it may need a little judicious sanding to get the fit just right. If like me you intend transporting your glider(s) from venue to venue of if storage is a bit of a problem they you could like me forego gluing in the wing and opt for the simpler 'holding it in with a bit of blu-tac when playing and removing it when storing or transporting it

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And that is basically it, all you have to do now is paint it there's a decent picture of the camouflage scheme here. Or you could look at my efforts, happy landings!