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!
Aileron hinge-line leakage can cause many problems when flying a model. It causes loss of lift, adverse yaw and hampers roll control. This article explains how to seal the hinge gaps to prevent these issues.
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.