Our newest online Build-Along is referred to by its designer, Tom Herr, as the The Ultimate Sport Biplane! Owner/operator of Alien Aircraft, Tom has produced this impressive laser-cut, CAD designed biplane as a follow up to his very popular FunMaster 72 sport flyer. The ArrowMaster 55 is a tip of the hat to the classic retro Aeromaster design from years past. The new biplane builds quickly and test flights show it to be a real hotdog in the air. Contributor Rick Bell is busy at work and has sent us his first installment; check it out and stay tuned for more!
First step is to download the kit instructions from the Alien Aircraft website. It is very complete and easy to understand.
All the parts are well packaged and the quality of both the wood and the actual laser cutting is very good.
The kit also includes quality hardware all bagged for easy identification.
I really like the formed metal landing gear and cabane struts.
Here you see the laser cut parts still nested in the carrier sheet. Tom’s design is well thought out!
The parts match the drawings perfectly. The CAD design minimizes the parts count which speeds consruction.
Close up of the parts before gluing.
In no time the tail comes together.
Here are the vertical fin and rudder parts.
Again, no time at all is needed to glue the pieces together.
Once the parts are assembled they are sheeted with balsa to produce strong lightweight and warp-free surfaces.
Elevators being sheeted.
I laid a sheet of glass over the parts while the glued dried to ensure they were flat and warp free.
Here are the competed tail surfaces ready for hinging. But we’ll get to that after completing some more of the build.
Model: ArrowMaster 55
Type: sport Biplane (Kit# K-505)
Designed By: Tom Herr
Mfg./Dist.: Alien Aircraft Corp.
Radio: 4 Channel minimum (5 Servos)
Wingspan = 55in.
Area = 996 Sq.in.
Weight = 7-8 Lbs.
Wing Load = 19.3 oz. / Sq. ft.
Power .65 – .90 2-stroke Glow; .70 – 1.10 Stroke, 15cc Gas Engine, or similar E-power
To see the next installment of this build-along series, click the link: https://www.modelairplanenews.com/blog/2014/07/22/workshop-build-along-2-alien-aircraft-arrowmaster-bipe-wings/
I will be building this bipe this winter 2014/15, I usually don’t build bipes because the extra work building another wing and more, I was attracted to the ArrowMaster instantly, you could say, love at first sight, hehehe.
So far everything looks good as far as transportation size ( not to big ) engine to be use, DLE 20ra ( same weight as the Evo 15 ) will be mounted upside down, construction looks very simple and easy with the laser cut parts and the darn thing looks so handsome.
I haven’t build from a kit in the last 10 years ( ARF because of the convenience ) the ArrowMaster has my hearth pumping to build it/her.
Hi Carlos, I am currently building an arrowmaster of my own and I had the same plan for the powerplant. I was just wondering if you could tell me how the installation went and if you had any issues fitting the dle. I really want to avoid the evolution because anybody I’ve talked to that has used one says that they’re almost impossible to tune.
Im sorry to say but the bipe has mot been build yet, instead I build a Nick Ziroli Turbinator but, the bipe still in my mind and Im very close to get me a kit.
When I do I will do a build thread on RC Groups, here https://www.rcgroups.com/giant-scale-airplanes-33/
I will estimate I will start building by August this year.
My dad and I are looking for a Arrow Master Rc Laser cut Kit. We have been looking everywhere and we haven’t found one yet. If have any information on finding one. Email it to me at email@example.com. Thank you for your help.
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