Install a Saito 56 in your Tribute
Posted: Monday, September 25, 2006
Copyright:© 2006 Horizon Hobby, Inc.
Install a Saito 56 in your Tribute
Install a Saito 56 in the Tribute 36 3D ARF
The Hangar 9 Tribute 36 3D has proven to be a just truly fun model for everyone to haul out of the trunk in one piece and go flying anywhere they find an open space. Now the new ARF version is available and people are giving thought to other engine combinations with this model. The Saito 56 4-stroke engine is a logical choice. But the airplane does require some minor modifications to get the “big block” in the mounts.
What has to be done to install the Saito 56
The installation of the Saito into the Tribute is not really very difficult but there are basically three things that you have to do in order for it to fit the smaller glow engine motor mount dimensions. It is necessary to widen the space between the beam mounts by about 1/16” (remove 1/32” from each side). The Saito engine mounting lugs are wider than those of the Evolution glow engine so it is necessary to widen the area around the mounting lugs to enable the engine to sit on the mount bearers properly. Thirdly, the carburetor will hit the back of the engine mount cutaway, so you will have to remove a little of the material for proper clearance around the carburetor opening.
Here is where you start
What tools are needed for the modifications
You are going to need a few tools for this minor modification process. Actually, the tools needed are very basic and almost every modeler will have them in the shop already. The first thing, of course, is a Dremel rotary tool. You will need some Dremel accessories, such as a sanding drum and cutter, to be used for enlarging the engine mount cutout and relieving the area for the engine mounting lugs. The second tool is a normal drill that will be needed to drill the new mounting holes for the Saito. A 1/8” drill bit will be the correct size bit to use with the drill. It will be nice to have your handy modeling knife nearby as well for final trimming.
Ok, so here is what you have to do
It is time to get started. Follow the steps below and you’ll be finished in short order:
Really, these kind of minor modifications are sometimes necessary when building ARF models using larger engines or electric motor installations and should not be considered difficult in any way. The manufacturers cannot make the models accept every possible engine without some trimming and fitting. Of course, the benefits far outweigh the effort needed to fit the Saito 56 4-stroke engine in your new Tribute 36 3D model.
Your done-now your Tribute is ready to fly
The results of the Saito installation are very satisfying. The Saito makes a lot of torque at much lower rpm than the two-stroke engine it replaces. This will enhance many of the 3D maneuvers this airplane is capable of, so it may change your flying style a little and you are going to be very pleased. Another major benefit of the Saito 56 engine in the Tribute 3D is the quieter operation of a 4-stroke engine. This has become very important at more and more flying fields these days, so it might be a major consideration for some people.
Have fun at the flying field and remember to not run your receiver battery down while you are having so much fun flying with this airplane and engine!
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