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RADIALP1

TOOLS

ASSEMBLY The following procedure covers the assembly and modifi- cations required for a flying model. Static display models

hobby knife. Flex the plastic around the rim until it breaks off.

Small Paint Brushes

Scroll

CA

Paint (see

Round

Rubber Cement or Spray Adhesive

Hobby AND

Hand Drill or Dremel ® Moto-Tool ®

1/16" and 1/8" Drill Bits

100 & 240 Grit Sandpaper

1/8" - x Medium

or Coping

8"

Knife

File

x

SUPPLIES

painting

8"

or (Great

with # 11 NEEDED

Lite-ply

1/2" Drum

Saw

instructions)

Planes

Blade

Sander

®

Pro recommended)

(Not Included)

one end. Randomly bend the long section tofrom simulate flexible wires.

this type of Hint:

holethe

the dimple near the top of each Cylinder and alsothrough

preference,

of the

around

one Cylinder. Complete all 9 cylinders if you will only be

Cylinder

Cut 18 pieces 1-1/4" long to use for the Push Rod Tubes.

using the Radial for static display.

use for the Ignition Leads. Make a 90 degree bend 3/8"

return to step 9 when you are ready to proceed.

into the Ignition Harness Ring between the Push Rod holes.

need not when

Painting

the Radial. Smooth the edges with a round file or drum sander.

Note: As you will probably be removing at least one

assembly inside the cowl. If necessary, sand the ply baffle

7. Use

6. Drill a 1/8" hole through each of the indented marks

8. Sand the 16" wire, then cut 9 pieces 1-1/2" long to

bottom

5. Tape the Radial to the ply baffle, then test fit the

3 plastic

the of

install you

240 grit

structure

perimeter

skip

each Rocker

Most

tubes

Push use Rod

down

sandpaper

before

modelers

of the Arm

for better

to the final

the Tubes

Crankcase

Radial and

to lightly

section

find

glue and

Cover. Drill

assembly.

that on

as an an Ignition

sand paint

it’s Painting

and a also

air baffle,

easier

the adhesion.

If this to is paint

1/16"

full length

through

Lead you

then

your

in

the engine.

to align the “removed Cylinder” with the opening in the

This

Hint: Roughen the back surface of the Radial withbaffle. coarse sandpaper for a better glue bond.

Cylinders

(From the inside)

both ends of all Push Rod Tubes and Ignition Leads.

13. Glue the Radial to the ply baffle with CA. Be sure

12. (Flight Modification) Trim away one of the

material

but will

leave be excess

trimmed backing

off during

material

final in fitting

place.

to

WARNING Do not attempt to start your engine unless the Radial has been modified to permit cooling airflow to the engine! See text for more information.

Whitney radial engines that powered numerous air- from the Golden Age of aviation. Modeled tocraft fit the Top Flite F4U Corsair and AT-6 Texan, this 1/7th scale Radial will fit any cowls with a frontal opening of 6-1/2" to 7". Not only does the Radial enhance scale appearance, but it also serves as an air-flow baffle for more efficient engine cooling.

Top Flite Models 3002 N. Apollo, Suite 1 Champaign, IL 61822 (217) 398-8970 productsupport@top-flite.com

ENGINE ASSEMBLY AND FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS ® Dummy The Top to Flite Radial Engine (hereafter Pratt
ENGINE
ASSEMBLY AND FINISHING
INSTRUCTIONS
® Dummy
The Top to Flite
Radial Engine
(hereafter
Pratt &referred
as Radial
) is patterned
after the
DUMMY RADIAL
DUMMY
RADIAL
❑ 2. copy Trace photocopy the lite-ply Baffle Template, then glue the to a or
❑ 2. copy
Trace
photocopy
the lite-ply
Baffle Template,
then glue
the
to a or sheet
of 1/8"
(not included).
Cut
around the circumference and the engine opening with a
scroll or coping saw.
3. Score around the inside corner of the Radial with a
require no modification. ❑ 1. Measure the inside diameter of your cowl about 1-1/2" from
require no modification.
1. Measure the inside diameter of your cowl about
1-1/2" from the frontal opening and match this size to the
on the and
Baffle
The correct
for the Top circles
circle. sizeconcentric
Flite Corsair
AT-6 Template.
is the innermost
❑ 11. Turn the Radial over and apply a drop of CA to
11. Turn the Radial over and apply a drop of CA to
for a better fit. The forward edge of the Crankcase should be flush with the
for a better fit. The forward edge of the Crankcase should
be flush with the outside forward edge of the cowl.
1/16" HolesCrankcase
Holes Rocker Arm Cover1/8"
end of each piece. Don’t worry about gluing them yet. ❑ 10. Insert the Ignition
end of each piece. Don’t worry about gluing them yet.
10. Insert the Ignition Leads into the Crankcase and
the Cylinders.
❑ 4. Cut away the prop shaft opening from the center of
4. Cut away the prop shaft opening from the center of
❑ 9. Insert the Push Rod Tubes into the Rocker Arm Covers protrude and the
9. Insert the Push Rod Tubes into the Rocker Arm
Covers protrude
and the crankcase
shown about
in the 3/32"
photo.
should
inside the as Radial
at They
each

14. Tape the Radial assembly inside the cowl. Make final adjustments to the fit between the cutouts and the By working from the inside its possible toengine. remove material from the Radial without affecting the Push Rods Tubes and Ignition Leads. Pay special atten- tion to provide unrestricted throttle and needle valve movement.

fuel

We painted

the

Testors

Top 1. Flite

The colors we chose represent typical P&W colors with

chrome plated Push Rod Tubes and Ignition Harness Ring.

and tear quite well.

edges

Super

paint the Radial in similar colors to the full scale version.

painting, epoxy the baffle to the inside of the cowl.

PAINTING SEQUENCE AND COLORS USED

PAINTING SUGGESTIONS

K&B

If you are building a scale replica of a particular aircraft,

10. ® Satin

4. Cylinders

2.

5.
6.

8. Spark

3.

9.

7.

finish.

15. with

proof) then

Entire

Crankcase

Cylinder

Background

Push

Random Fine Lines On The Fins. Engine I.D. Plate Black with Silver details

Ignition Leads & Rocker Arm Covers Black

Super Finish

Poxy This

When

Model

® LustreKote

Rod Master

fine satisfied

our prototype

Exterior Gray

Plug

Satin

Poxy Clear

Fins Connectors

Tubes

finish

sandpaper

Euro

sprayed Radials

over withstands

Gunship

(Sprayed

and weathering

Light

(Aerosol)

Gray

& Enamel

Coat with

the completed

with then

Ignition

Gray

two light

Primer

Gray (Brushed

Gold or Silver

- Fuel

the paint

Harness on)

Air Proofing

with top-coats

fuel and

fit, smooth

Brush)

Enamel paint

the Radial.

Copper

job normal

Ring Silver

& black

to fuel proof

all rough

of K&B

After

wear

(not ®

4

2

3

1

Qty.
1

3
1

1

PARTS LIST Description ABS Plastic Radial 8" Plastic Push Rod Tubes 16" Wire for Ignition Leads Instruction Sheet

to

The cutout in this baffle is sized

and

in

point

Baffle Template

the

fit should

for

an

.60 other

O.S.

- .90 provide

2 ® range.

Stroke

.61SF a engines

starting

Engine

5

WIRES58

Part No.

PLTB025

RADIAL01

RADIALP1

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9

8

7

TYPICAL BAFFLE TEMPLATE MAKE FROM 1/8" PLY

ENGINE CUTOUT

ENGINE CUTOUT

O.S.

OS .61SF

(NOT INCLUDED)

.61SF

TOP FLITE AT-6 / F-4U OUTLINE

MAKE FROM 1/8" PLY ENGINE CUTOUT ENGINE CUTOUT O.S. OS .61SF (NOT INCLUDED) .61SF TOP FLITE
MAKE FROM 1/8" PLY ENGINE CUTOUT ENGINE CUTOUT O.S. OS .61SF (NOT INCLUDED) .61SF TOP FLITE
MAKE FROM 1/8" PLY ENGINE CUTOUT ENGINE CUTOUT O.S. OS .61SF (NOT INCLUDED) .61SF TOP FLITE
MAKE FROM 1/8" PLY ENGINE CUTOUT ENGINE CUTOUT O.S. OS .61SF (NOT INCLUDED) .61SF TOP FLITE
MAKE FROM 1/8" PLY ENGINE CUTOUT ENGINE CUTOUT O.S. OS .61SF (NOT INCLUDED) .61SF TOP FLITE
MAKE FROM 1/8" PLY ENGINE CUTOUT ENGINE CUTOUT O.S. OS .61SF (NOT INCLUDED) .61SF TOP FLITE