These are not intended as complete instructions for building and flying a model such as the XE-5. Excellent resources for basic "stick and tissue" technique already exist. I strongly recommend such references as Don Ross's first book, easily purchased from Don's web site, and other materials available at your local hobby shop. I also have an online introductory guideline to building and flying such models prepared by noted modeler George Benson. While not as complete as a full book, George has prepared a concise document that is easily downloaded and printed.
If this is your first model I would recommend starting with something a bit simpler like Dick's Big Pussycat or Akro designs. They are quicker and easier to build and easier to fly successfully due to the reduced complexity of the design. The XE-5 would be a great second model.
From: Dick Baxter
Installing the Landing Gear
Spring open or closed to get a snug fit between the longerons at the body station just in front of the lower wing.
Cement in place using Duco or similar cement applied to the body side verticals at the landing gear station. When the glue is dry apply 2 or more liberal coats of cement to lock gear in place.
Making Wheel Bearings
Making Wrinkled Paper
Making Sliced Ribs
Use the sliced rib template to cut wing ribs 1/8 inch wide and a bit more than 3 inches long from 1/16 sheet.
Grain in the ribs must run chordwise or the ribs will break. Make a first cut using the template to shape the top of the first rib. Move the template down 1/8 inch and make a second cut to finish the first rib and shape the top of the second rib. Continue until you have 12 ribs. Notice that tip ribs are made from 1/16 x 1/8 strips and are not cambered.
Do not water shrink or dope tissue or your model will warp.
Embryo Legal Model
Low Power Flight Trim - Do This First!
Low power stalls and dives: Add ballast to the nose or tail to cure. Plasticine (modeling clay) works well.
Spiral dives at low power: Add washout to the outboard wing tips (warp trailing edge up at the tip)
If circle size is too big or too small, offset the rudder trailing edge a little. Move it towards the center of the circle to make the circle smaller, away from the center for a larger circle.
High Power Trim - Do This Second!
Do not change low power trim cg or warps.
High power stalls and dives: Add downthrust or upthrust shims between the nose block and body to cure.
Spiral dives at high power: Add sidethrust out of the circle.
Power: Start with a loop of 1/8 rubber. If you have space and want to climb higher try a loop of 3/16 rubber.
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