Following an invite to fly at the WMMFC BBQ I saw the amazing young flyer Luke Jackson, fly a foamie. I just had to had one. It turns out that his father kits them, so after several phone calls I popped over and picked one up. There is no website as yet but you can see what I mean about the model from some You Tube videos.

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Some of the fuselage parts in the kit could have been finished off a bit better i.e. some weren't cut off at 90 degrees, but for £55 its excellent value for money, you get a carbon undercarriage, wheels, horns, and other hardware. Also the instructions aren't that clear, but these are being worked on.

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8. Finished & Flown

7. Control surfaces
Again I wasn't sure how best to fit the horns to the foam surfaces. I removed a plug of foam, about half way through the foam, with a knife slot to secure the horn and held with a good dollop of cyano. I then filled the hole with epoxy.

Second pics show the pull / pull system for both elevator & rudder

I'm very please with the final arrangement, not many wires dangling about.

6. Motor mounting
Not having build a foam model before, I wasn't sure how to proceed here, I opted for some 6mm dowel sharpened the end and secured with Gorilla glue. I then pilot drilled and screwed on the supplied mount, with the motor already fitted.

5. Final assembly
Nearly there

No clear instructions on the undercarriage mounting, so I used this big plate, and sandwiched it with the carbon fibre undercarriage.

4. Servo installs
Servo wires extended and run through slots in the foam, all exiting in the Rx area.

All servos are HS5045's. I'm going to use pull / pull for both elevator & rudder.

3. Assembly
The main win panels are contact glued inwith everything on a flat surface, followed by the rear aileron sections and the rounded leading edges.

Where I squared up the edges earlier the rear is a tad narrow for a good tight fit to the tilpalne. A couple of pieces of 1/16 balsa (seen in white) rectifies this

2. Wings
This is the main front wing panel, these are nice and square (unlike the fuselage). Here you can see where I have run a spar slotter to make room for the carbon spar. The spar is only 0.5mm thick so this probably isn't necessary. But its what I do.

Cutting the hinge line on the elevator, try to get 45 degree movement!!!

HiTec 5045 servos for the ailerons, they are tapped with magic tape and glued in with silicon.

1. Fuselage
The carbon wing spar is cyano'd onto the rear wing spar (the straight one) and slid onto the balsa fuselage member. The top and bottom foam is then contact glued onto the balsa. You will have to trial (dry) fit the bits to determine the position of the spars before final gluing. I then sanded the edges to a more square profile.