model kits will fly correctly if they are built correctly. Please
make sure all parts are correctly aligned, as shown in the instructions.
After you finish building the model, it is very important that you
also follow the instructions on how to adjust it for flight. Careful
attention to these last instructions will usually solve the problem
if your bird isn't flying correctly.
Be sure the tail is aligned correctly. Otherwise your bird may
glue can be softened with a drop of water. Use an eyedropper if
available. Let the water sit on the glue joint for several minutes
until the glue turns white again. Using this technique and a bit
of care, you may be able to realign any glue joints that were not
assembled correctly. For example, if the bird is nose-diving, you
may not have the tail at the correct angle. It should be angled
up slightly and not straight in line with the body.
can also replace the wings on your bird. You might want to do this
if the tissue is badly torn, or if you want to change the appearance.
Small repairs can be made with cellophane tape or by gluing a piece
of scrap tissue over the tear. To remove the old wings completely,
follow these steps: First, tear off the old tissue, being careful
not to break the wing spars. Some tissue will remain along the spar.
Moisten it with water. Allow it to sit for several minutes but not
dry out again. Then you can scratch off the old tissue and glue
with a fingernail.
Then rinse off the remaining glue. Once the wing spars are clean,
you can attach the new wing tissue without the heavy and unsightly
residue from the previous wings.
is very important for top performance. The rubber band should always
be lubricated. We sell a non-toxic castor bean oil for this purpose.
To prevent residue formation, you should wash the oil off with soapy
water before storing the rubber band. For an extra performance boost,
you can apply castor oil to the crank bearing and all pivot points
in the flapping mechanism.