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Old 11-28-2003, 12:47 AM   #1
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MK intructions needed PLEASE!!!

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Hi All,
I'm new here and I've posted this message on a couple of other R/C airpline BBs but I thought maybe I could get a home grown answer from a fellow Canuck. My brother's in-laws were cleaning out the basement and came across a MK Skymaster kit by KATO (it looks like it might be 10-15 years old). It has a .60 engine and all the balsa parts and blueprints. He gave it to me on the weekend to build. It's been started but is lacking the INSTRUCTIONS!!. I've been trying to look at it from the plans and work from them but I'm worried I'll screw up. If anyone has this kit and can let me know where I can find the instructions it would be great. It's made by KATO Model Aircraft Inc. in Osaka Japan. I've searched the net and found the KATO builds trains now but can't find any info on this model plane.

My second question is this...when building the front of the fuselage (engine compartment) it looks solid on the plans. Do I mount the engine and build around it or build the plane and cut out the side later to mount the engine....I'm a newbie and maybe bit off more than I can chew...but I wasn't about to pass up a free plane and engine and I have some extra time this winter to experiment. I'm pretty sure the plane ISN'T a trainer (it has retractable gear) but thought it would be a fun project to build. Thanks for the help.

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Old 11-28-2003, 06:12 AM   #2
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Hi Jeff,

Welcome to the BEST RC BB on the net... stay here and forget the rest!

Have you built anything before? It might be wise to set this one aside and perhaps start with something a little more suited to the newbie. The Cessna Skymaster is an in-line twin engine aircraft and not really something to wein your building or flying skills on. Perhaps if you do find a set of instructions you will be OK but I would ask Santa to bring you something for Christmas that you could build first especially if all you have done is assemble an ARF or two.

Do you belong to a club? Perhaps you could team up with someone with a little more experience and turn it into a team project. You mentioned it had only one engine, perhaps this is not the kit I thought it was.

As for your nose queastion.. Did the kit come with one solid block of bals that you have to carve for the nose or is it like a builtup box made from 1/2 balsa or something similar? How does the engine mount? Is it on hardwood rails or will you use one of the glass filled nylon engine mounts that are out today? Will need this information before I can comment further. Doy you have a scanner or a digital camera that you can scan or take a picture of the nose section of the plans so that we might see exactly what you are talking about?

By the way what make is the engine? What is the name on the side?

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Old 11-28-2003, 09:26 AM   #3
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Thanks Jim,

The model is not a's not modelled after any "real" plane that I know of.

As far as building planes...I have built a couple of rubber band powered balsa planes (paper and dope covering) so I have a VERY little experience.

The engine mounts on two hard-wood rails with a built up balsa compartment....I'll take a digital camera home this weekend and maybe get some pics posted if that will help.

I am going to talk to some guys at PM hobby craft in Calgary this weekend and see what they say.

Thanks again for the help!!
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