This group project uses model aviation as a tool to inspire creativity and demonstrate the processes by which ideas become reality. It teaches the fundamentals of aerodynamics, aircraft design, construction and basic RC power/control systems. You will need the assistance of someone who is familiar with building model aircraft.
Now that the holidays are over, it is time to get back to the workshop and make some progress on that new building project you’ve been planning for a while. Sure, there are a lot of great ARFs out there these days, but have you ever considered the possibility of actually cutting wood and building a model of your own?
You can learn a lot from watching what happens at the flying field on a Sunday afternoon and even more from the beginners. You learn what the basic flying skills really are and, most importantly, you see the beginners struggling with their trainers’ shortcomings.
Learning to cover a model is a skill that anyone can learn. The results can be very rewarding, giving your model that custom look that will set it apart at the flying field. This article includes information on the general covering process, using a heat gun, techniques for covering various parts of the model, finishing touches and additional resources.
Recovering a model doesn’t always involve a crash. Wear, tear and time can be stimulations for recovering an airplane. Or maybe you just want to give your model a custom look. This article contains information on project tools and supplies, removing the old covering and preparing the surface, creating a covering plan and selecting the appropriate covering material, and making a cutting plan.
The first mass produced model airplane engine was designed and built by 16-year old Bill Brown, Jr. His friend, Maxwell Bassett designed model aircraft to test the engines. In 1933, flying with a gas engine, Max won the Mulvihill, Cabin model Stout, and the Moffeft International Trophy because the rules did not yet stipulate the type of power.