Building a radio controlled model airplane can be a fun, enjoyable, and rewarding hobby for practically anyone. However, knowing some basic techniques about how to build radio controlled model airplanes can be helpful. Here are some tips to think about as you build your radio controlled model airplane.
Most importantly is deciding what kind of building you want to do. There are three different types - model airplanes built from scratch, those purchased as a kit, and ARF (almost ready to fly). For the beginner builder, kits are perhaps the best way to go since building a radio controlled model airplane from scratch does require some technical knowledge about aircraft construction. Additionally, ARF kits are much more expensive in comparison to kit built models.
After deciding what type of building you want to do you need to consider your work space. Most radio controlled model airplanes can be rather large. Take for example the wing span. The wing span on many models can exceed three feet in length. Therefore, when assembling the wings you will need a work space that can accommodate the wings length and still provide you with room to work. Also, you will need to have a level and well lit area to work on.
Next, you'll want to make sure you have the right tools and materials to assemble your radio controlled model airplane. Many hobby shops supply a wide range of tools and materials, however you may need to mail order some tools or materials, especially those designed for specific applications. You will also need a stock of t-pins and X-acto knives blades, both of which usually can be purchased from your local hobby shop. To assemble your radio controlled model airplane you will also need glue, airplane dope, dope thinner, and some brushes.
Once you have a work area and have obtained the necessary tools and materials you are ready to begin building your radio controlled airplane. However, take some time to read over the instructions. This will prepare for the building sequence. Next, because the wings and frame are constructed directly on the blueprints you will need to lay your blueprints over a building board and then lay wax paper over the blueprints. The wax paper will protect your blueprints from sticking to your radio controlled airplane.
As you build you'll want to get the pieces ready for each assembly step. It is suggested to trim only the pieces you will be using for any one step from the die cast. If you cut all the pieces from the die cast before you start building you may become confused as to what pieces go where. Additionally, proper preparation of the pieces will make assembly much easier. Remove any casting burrs or imperfections using your X-acto knife and/or sandpaper.
Some pieces only take a few minutes to assemble, while others can take several hours. Moreover, bonding agents, like glues, can take a day to set. In considering assembly and drying times you will need to plan accordingly. Many kit instructions are designed with these times in mind. And if you follow your radio controlled airplane kit's instruction you should be able to successfully complete your model and will soon be taking your radio controlled airplane out for its maiden flight.
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