Sandpaper is a material that is almost always used when building a glider. The process of using sandpaper to remove material is called sanding. In this article, Kurt Krempetz of AMA Glider explains techniques for sanding a glider.
MAKE Magazine and AMA youth member Lucas Weakley have teamed up to bring you Maker Hangar, a 15-episode tutorial series that will teach you everything you need to know to build and fly this custom RC plane, the Maker Trainer.
The Sky Streak is a balsa motorplane that can be easily assembled by just about anyone and can be flown either indoors or outside. Although the stock Sky Streak flies well, there are some special modifications you can make to really enhance flight performance.
When trimming one's airplane, it is extremely important to correctly set up the right thrust, so it will be ready for takeoff. The attitude adjustment is also a factor that is important for takeoff. This article explains several problems that can arise when trimming your plane, as well as solutions to help your plane fly safely.
Trimming for directional controllability allows for the model to not be cross-trimmed and to fly straight at all speeds. It also causes the plane to achieve predictable aileron response at these speeds. Atfer trimming is completed, your model will have balanced wings that will allow your plane to fly straight!
Sir George Cayley, often called the Father of Aeronautics, designed a helicopter powered by a bow-string mechanism with feather blades (similar to the reproduction shown here). Later, he experimented by flying a model with multiple adjustable surfaces, allowing him to understand how every change affected the model’s flight. This model is a ½ scale replica of his original 1804 model. Cayley used the data from these experiments to publish his On Aerial Navigation in 1809.