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Build Updates and Notes

Kaze 40/55  •  Raptor 36/48  •  Segway

Over the years, some of the methods and materials used in the build have changed.  The following is a list of changes to the Build Clips for the Kaze, Raptor and Segway.

In the Build Videos, the main spar(s) for the Kaze 40 is shown as two CF Ribon Spars.  In some cases, you will receive a single CF Ribbon Spar that will cover both wings.

If you are building a Kaze 55, you will note that the main wing spars are CF tubes that are mated together with a metal sleeve.  

Past kits had the canopy cut and the receiver and battery bays pre-cut.  New versions of the Kaze do not have the bays cut for you.  This is because some pilots have chosen to cut their receiver and battery bays through the side of the fuse instead of under the canopy.  As a result, while the canopy is pre-cut, the bays are not.  If you choose to use the canopy, simply remove it and cut your bays according to the video.

The servo bays in the video are cut much closer to the root (or fuse).  Newer versions of the kit have the servo bays cut further away from the root (or fuse).  This will reduce or eliminate any possible twist in the elevons.

The use of spackle and tape for the wings is typical of a standard build.  In your kit you will receive 3.0 mil laminating film.  This film is used to strengthen the fuse and wings when building an ultra-lite version of the kit.  You can review the Sherpa II build clips to give you an idea of how laminating film is used if you choose to do that kind of build.

In the video, the lighter micro control horns (arms) for the elevons are shown.  In the new kits, the control horns (arms) are of the heavier variety using two screws for each control horn.

In older kits (and what appears in the build clips) the pushrods came with clevises for each end.  One end is threaded to receive the clevises.  The newer kits do not have the threaded couplings and two additional clevies.  Builders are now required to bend the end of the non-threaded pushrod and insert it into the control horns/arms.

When applying the covering, it is not necessary to use a light coat of 3M 77.  The covering sticks very well with or without the adhersive.