steps and then black everything else out. Without this
precaution you will either „get lost in the translation“
or waste time finding what you actually need. It did not
seem so, and we believed it will be an „easy build“, but
the cocpits were completed in rather long 3.5 hours,
fully completed, including the washes. That is surprisingly lengthy process for a sport airplane. On the other
hand gluing cockpit into the fuselage was a breeze. At
this stage we did not follow the instructions rigorously
but glued one side-panel with the floor into one half of
the fuselage, second side-panel into the other half of the
fuselage, buttoned up the fuselage and cemented it with
the ultra thin glue. All fitted together as it was supposed to. And so I could have gone on and on about other
sub-assemblies but Vladimir would most likely have
stopped me without „wearing white gloves“. In short: the
kit builds well, there are a few tiny glitches here and there though. Another „painful situation“ occurs while masking some of the more challenging markings.
The camouflages were assigned as follows:
Bohumir Bilek: Z-226T, OK-MUA, pilot Ladislav Bezak,
the first offical World Champion in aerobatics. In 1971 he
emigrated to Germany with his whole family flying this
Jan Hanzlicek: Z-226MS, OK-LMG, Rakovnik airport,
Vladimir Suma: Z-226T, HA-TRM, Tokol airport, Hungary,
Martin Cerny: Z-226B, OK-MPJ, Kladno airport in 70s.
Summary of the build experiences:
1. The instructions miss the color call out for the fire
extinguisher located on the front bulkhead (part E13)
2. In order to position the little box correctly (part H11)
you need to drill holes along the floor edge
3. Positioning of the centroplane (part H38) has to by
symmetrical otherwise one half of the wing will fit perfectly on the bottom but the other half of the wing will
feature a visible gap
4. After gluing the parts E48 (a structure behind the
seat) these partially extend above the edge of the mating surface in the cut out for a rear instrument panel
coaming. The guides in the side panels need to adjusted
or pins on E48 parts thinned.
5. Gluing of the horizontal tail surfaces: you need to sand
down flat the mating surfaces on the parts E29+E33 and
E31+E35, they are bulging.
6. In the „D“ scheme do not use the front part H24 as per
instructions but use H22 instead. The cut out for the front
exhaust is missing on the mask.
7. The wingtips: drill out the hand-holds for the aircraft
ground handling-they are missing from the instructions.
8. The starboard landing gear leg does not fit into the
wing cut out, light sanding around the perimeter will fix
9. Wheels + parts: there is a very tight fit, if the parts are
primed or painted in a thicker layer they cannot be easily
assembled. It’s sufficient to push the discs into the tyres.
Do it on a softer surface. They will hold without glue.
10. The tail wheel consists of two parts. After gluing them
together the assembly looks a bit strange but that is
accurate in fact. The wheel features a center groove and
side guides to help the aircraft maintain its track on the
11. Elevator control links: to add several spares to the
sprue would come handy, they fly off the tweezers easily
and are difficult to find
INFO Eduard - December 2021