R/C Airplane Plans, FAQ, and Tips Links
These are my favorite sites for plans.
I can build from plans with templates for the wing ribs and fuselage formers.
I cut all the parts by hand and sand to shape.
Pick any plans you want and have them scaled to the size you want by the seller or email the firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you need a prototype built from drawings or pictures, let me know. I've had some drafting training and can draw plans.
It's nice to have a unique plane on the field.
Have fun looking at all the possibilities.
I cut short kits for and will build them for you.
Images above are clickable
Planes to Model
3 Views and Line Drawings
http://www.kitcutters.com/PlanSuppliers.htm#Scale Plans and Photo Service
And More Plans
Aero Craft LTD
Early RC Models
Easy Built Models
Carl Goldberg Products
Great Planes Electric Kits
Paul K Guillow, Inc.
House of Balsa
Laser Cut USA
Manzano Laser Works
Mountain Models Laser Arts
Park Scale Models
Peck Polymer RC Planes
Precision Cut Kits
Sky Hooks and Rigging
Top Notch Kits
Pat Tritle Custom Models
http://www.mnbigbirds.com/Tech Tips Main.htm
FAQs, Manufacturers, Where to Find
Balsa Facts, Where to Buy
How much does my WOOD weigh?
Assembling multiple pieces of sheeting, like wing sheeting
Superior Balsa...who gave me Excellent service & Great Balsa!!!
Superior Balsa describes balsa in detail
Balsa Wood Facts and Weights, by Skyhooks & Rigging
Superior Balsa's FA Q's on balsa
Balsa USA Home Page
LONE STAR BALSA
National Balsa Co
Birch Plywood - firewalls, fuselage front inside doublers, landing gear mounts
Lite Plywood - fuselage sides, main center ribs, hatch covers
Bass - wing spars, fuselage and wing bracing
Balsa - every thing else
Learn to Build With Kit Building
I like O.S glow engines, the O.S. 55 AX for planes up to 60 inches.
Link here http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXNMD1&P=7
These kits are great for learning to build
These are some of my favorite planes to build and fly.
David's Du-Bro Hinge Install Technique
I put a glue tip on a small bottle of after run engine oil.
Before mixing epoxy, I put a little after run engine oil on the swivel part of the hinge so the epoxy won't stick. I set all the hinges on a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
Take a Dubro hinge slot tool to make sure all the slots are open. It's a good idea to fit a hinge in the open slot, just to be sure
I mount the hinges to the plane first.
Get a bunch of Q-tips ready for removal of the excess epoxy.
Mix the epoxy.
I use an ice cream stick, from Wal-Mart, to apply a small amount of epoxy to one side of the hinge.
Slide the hinge about half way into the slot, and use the Q-tip to wipe off the excess epoxy. Slide the hinge the rest of the way into the slot, and wipe off the excess epoxy.
make sure the hinge is square with the leading or training edge.
Position the hinge in the middle of it's travel.
Repeat this for up to a dozen or so hinges, then stop. I do the ailerons, or tail feathers at once.
Come back in 20 minutes and move the hinges to break any excess epoxy.
Let dry at least 2 hours. Fit the control surface to the hinges on the plane, then remove it and put a thin layer epoxy on all hinges. Slide the control surface on the hinges half way, and remove excess epoxy with Q-tips. Slide the control surface tightly against the plane. Move the control surface so you can remove excess epoxy with Q-tips. Push the control surface again tightly against the plane in its level position and use masking tape to hold it.
Come back in 20 minutes, remove masking tape and move the control surface to break any epoxy in the hinges.
Clear as mud?
Filler for Wing Fillets by David Voglund
Use regular spackling compound (not light) and spread evenly. Sand after it dries, then fiberglass since it's fragile.
Good Search for Machinist Blocks to use as Weights while building
Sliding Mini Wood Clamps