Monday, 11 February 2013

How to Build and Fly an RC Plane

Hello everyone. As some of you probably know I am interested in building and flying RC planes. Or I was. It's been a few years, but I am starting to get back into the hobby, mostly because I want to take on some advanced projects that involve aerial videography and FPV flying.

My first scratchbuilt plane; crashed immediately after launch. (2008)

To get the ball rolling, one of my projects over the past couple weeks has been to develop a scratchbuilt trainer that I can use right away to get flying again, and also as a platform to do some experimentation on down the road.

4 years later my most recent build is significantly more flight worthy.

The plane turned out so well I put together a very detailed video tutorial about how to build one, and even a few general tips on how to fly it. In this blog entry, I'll be posting the video along with some detailed plans for the plane itself. I will also post a shopping list, and include some key details about locating and purchasing components. First; The Video.



As you can see, the video will give you a good general description of how to build the plane, however it might get a bit confusing with all the measurements. So, here are detailed plans of the plane that you can print out to refer to while you build it.
(Right-click and select 'save image as' or 'download linked file.' You should be able to print it once saved to your computer.)

You can build the plane from 1 sheet of home insulation foam, which is available from a store like Home Depot or Lowes very inexpensively. I used 1/2" foam for this, however you could probably make it from other sizes too. This foam is used for siding on houses being constructed, and I'm sure it comes in many varieties. The truth is, there is no specific right type of foam for this. Some varieties will be heavier, and some might be more durable, but in the end the plane really doesn't care. You could even make it from Walmart foamboard or just plain cardboard.

Next is the electronics. I always order my electronics from www.hobbyking.com, a cheap but popular hobby store with a good variety of parts and very slow shipping. Your local hobby store will also have everything you'll need for this, at a premium.

You will need a good brushless motor, rated for about 20 amps. Brushless motors are part and parcel of the electric rc world, as they are far superior to traditional brushed setups. These motors, combined with high capacity and lightweight lithium polymer batteries are really what enabled electric planes to become a realistic alternative to nitro gas aircraft. I recommend the brushless motor, speed controller, prop and prop saver in the links below for this trainer.

Brushless Motor
Speed Controller
Prop (Order Spares!!)
Prop Saver

To move the rudder and elevator of your plane, you will need 2 servos. You can buy very cheap ones, however I suggest you upgrade and get the metal geared ones below, as they last longer. You will also need control horns and servo pushrods. I have posted links for those as well, however you can make them easily out of wire and popsicle sticks if you want to save a few bucks.

Durable Metal Gear Servo
Alternative: Cheap Plastic Gear Servo
Control Horns
Push Rods

In terms of a radio, you have several options. I would suggest something like this if you are looking for your cheapest option, however if you plan to get heavily involved in the RC hobby, and want to be able to fly larger and more complex aircraft than this trainer, I would highly recommend you purchase a more advanced system. I use the Spektrum DX6i, but you might want to do some more research or possibly check local classifieds for a used system. You will also need a battery and charger. Check the links below for my recommendations. A smaller battery will give you a larger payload, while a larger batter will give you better flight times.

Small Battery for Higher Payload
Suggested Battery
Large Battery for Long Flights
Charger

Other items that are optional:


The RC hobby is exciting, expensive and potentially frustrating. With perseverance it is always ultimately rewarding. I hope this post has helped you build your first plane, successfully. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions or suggestions leave a comment!

-Tim

195 comments:

  1. thank you so much,
    do you recommended to me buy kit or build the one you built it?
    because i think it's complicated but i wanna ,
    did you fly this plane immedite after finishing building ?


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    1. I was able to fly this plane immediately after building it. I learnt to fly with a RTF Supercub, one of the best commercial trainers, but I can say this plane will be as good as anything you'll buy, plus you will learn about building your own plane as well!

      Good luck.

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    2. Plz I am making a science project and have decided to choose this. I am from India and I am looking for cheapest options. So I just want to ask that any other Radio system(transmitter and receiver) will work or not and trick for a normal radio system which has only two options I.E On the left stick Up and down and on the right stick Right and left. Do plz help only 5 days left for submission and ALSO THAT SPEED CONTROLLER IS NECESSARY OR NOT.

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    3. Sorry if this is late, however rahul, it is highly recommended that you get that transmitter and reciever as it would make your airplane have much better control(6 channels is a lot) and is much easier to hook-up. Also, the speed controller is a must to control the brushless motor

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  2. Excellent vid! Am building one (my first ever) as we speak-- I'm using a foam called Dow Tuff-R, which is pretty light. Do you recommend using a horizontal dowel to support the wing (28x14.5 plus 2 7-inch winglets, is that correct?)?

    Thanks for a great vid!

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    1. Hi Earl,

      Sorry for the late reply. Using a dowel is optional, but probably a good idea if the foam feels light/flimsy. Hope the build went well!

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    2. Hi Tim,

      excellent video, how ever your wing design was not clear
      how did you design the airfoil shape.
      plz help,
      this is going to be my first scratch build

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  3. can u send us a graphic that shows wires connections?

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  4. Hey Man
    Thanks
    But I Ask You One Question
    If We Plan To Build Plan That Lift Aroung 5-10 Kg Weight Than This Helpful Or Not.

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  5. I like the idea, but how much money in total did it take you to build this plane?

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    1. Lol. Yea. Its arun 50$ to 60$ for the construction alone. The remote and receiver will be arun 100

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    2. It took me $130.78 to fully build my plane

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  6. Hey, i am from India. Will i get all these materials in India? Can u please tell me more? Please send it to my mail naruncool@gmail.com

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    1. ve u got this materials in india??? me from india too.

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    2. hi you can check on rcbazaar.com prices are very competetive,
      or depending on where you live you may also find out if there are any hobby stores at your place

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    3. yeah hi sagi i am looking for the propellor in the video the person said that it is a 10/47 propellor . now the thing is that there is no 10/47 propellor on rcbazzar so is it in any other unit of measure please tell me cause im a beginner and i dont know too much

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    4. i just forgot there is no remote on the website how and where to find that

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  7. Hello,
    I really enjoy your videos.
    Questions, have you ever thought about adding Ailerons?
    Looking at the build looks like it would be a excellent 4 channel trainer as well. Specially if you made two different wings.I was looking at your plans, the vertical stabilizer dimensions look confusing, it looks like 5 in high, but can not figure out the width.
    Thanks, this will be my second home build.
    Thanks
    John Heneghan
    Rochester, NY

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  8. how much time can we fly this plane continuously.........?

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  9. i m from India and want to place order for electronics. which are best electronics item(brand and cost) and which website is best for placing it?

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    1. you may check on rcbazaar.com i found their rates are very competetive.
      though some items listed are perennially unavailable.

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  10. how do i make the main engine part????
    nedd help As soon as possible
    thx.

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  11. what is the total cost to mke it?
    thx

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    1. Since I had the electronics, I only had to but the foam which was under $10. Starting with nothing the cost will be around $80.

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  12. Hi Tim,
    I have seen your video of making this plane. You come up with excellent design that requires less effort and easy to cut. Great to know that wing dihedral can be created that easily.
    I have already purchased the pink foam and start building it, I have also ordered part from Hobbyking as well.
    Few things to think about:
    1. The fuselage width need to be around 3 inches so that wing can stuck well on the fuselage.
    2. Need to add tail wheel, please advise the part to order.

    Like to know how it behaves if you cut short the height of the wing, does it fly fast?

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    1. Thanks, the width of the fuselage is important for mounting the wing, and instead of using a tail wheel, I simply put a popsicle stick on the tail in such a way that the wood rubs on the ground, preventing damage to the foam. You can easily add ailerons and if you want to make the plane go fast and fly aerobatic, shorten the wings slightly and make a KFm4 airfoil using some additional pieces of foam.

      Good Luck

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    2. Thanks for the reply. Can you please also let me know where you have bought the metal pieces that you used to make the tail elevator strong. I checked homedepot but wasn't able to find it.

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  13. Did you try adding Ailerons to this plane?

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  14. Hey Tim,
    a lot of stuff is out of stock at hobbyking, but is it good if you just pick this motor: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__32457__D2822_14_Brushless_Outrunner_1450kv_NL_Warehouse_.html?strSearch=brushless%20outrunner

    And what is a good replacement for the also out of stock metal gear servo?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hobby king is out of stock regularly, but any servo of similar size will work well, and you can also use plastic gear servos as a satisfactory replacement. Good luck!

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  15. Hi Tim,
    We are waiting for your reply.

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  16. Hi Tim,
    I have finally made the plane and put together parts.
    Did a test flight but the plane is not lifting.
    Something is wrong in design but I can't figure it out.
    Let me know if you live close to Edmonton Alberta and I will show you my plane.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear it isn't working, it sounds like an issue with the centre of gravity. Try moving the wing forward and the battery back

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    2. Tim,
      I am finally able to fly the plane and it fly great, even super cub is jealous.
      I made basic airfoil by gluing another piece of foam on the wing and sand it to make a nice curve. Also I put the wing on the fuselage at slight angle.
      Thanks for such a nice video with detailed instructions. Now I know if I crash the plane, it will cost me only few bucks to rebuild it.

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    3. hello nayyar iqbal could guide me plese i need to construct rc airplane like you

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  17. Dear tim

    Thank you for this great tutorial. However I would like to know if I can use a bit more powerful motor?? Do I have to upgrade the battery pack as well? My intentions is to fix a gopro on the plane am about to make. So I hope you could tell me the electronic upgrades I should do for that..

    Regards,
    Amit
    Saudi Arabia

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    1. Hi Amit,

      Thanks for writing! You can use a more powerful motor, just make sure you get the centre of gravity right. I found that with the setup here and a KF Airfoil for the wing, I was able to smoothly carry a gopro. Check out these videos:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHOCFrsRGig
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SE0z8Bo3-U

      Good Luck :)
      Tim

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  18. I've constructed all the parts for the plane, but I still need to buy all the mechanical parts.

    I live in Canada, and I am worried that the duty for all the parts from hobbyking will be very expensive. Does anyone know what the duty would be like? Or if any online stores in Canada offer around the same parts as suggested? Thanks.

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    1. Hey Ben,

      To be honest, I've never been hit with more than 10-15$ in duties when buying from hobbyking. The values declared are sometimes questionably low - which helps.

      Good luck,
      Tim

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  19. Tim, love your video's and plan to build this trainer. I'm new to the hobby and have already bought a Flyzone trainer that works well but will be expensive to maintain. Your trainer is perfect and I wish I would have found your vid's before I bought the commercial trainer. I am really looking forward to the build and want to say thank you for your posts

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  20. Tim,

    Great instructions and easy to follow. Am doing this as father and son project activity.

    Silly question: Where can find the box cutter you are using?

    Anil Patel
    Satellite Beach, FL

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  21. Great explanation Tom. Your video got me started on converting a Air Hoga Titan glider into a Twin motor plane. The Aielrons/Elevetors/Rudders are in place. The plane weighs close to 10 oz post wrapping of Guerila Tape. Could you please give me your take on the following parts that I intend to use:

    1. 2 Motors: Turnigy Park300 Brushless Outrunner 1380 KV
    2. Birdie 10A Brushless ESC w/ 1A BEC
    3. Turnigy nano tech 1000mah 2S 25-50C Lipo Pack
    4. Not sure which Servos to buy?
    5. Charger?

    Appreciate your response.

    Regards
    Mahesh

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  22. Hey tim,

    What size propellers did you use?
    Nice plane btw!

    Igor

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    1. +1 The Hobbyking link is not correct. We ordered 5" and 6" just to be safe.

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  23. hey i am doin the same model in cardboard... will it work dude?

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  24. hey may i know what's the weight of the plane?

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  25. hi tim,
    this is vishnu frm india i saw ur video nd made a aircraft as u showed but plz make a video oly abt electronics bkz d system u showed is nt clear nd even plz show me how to make d elerons too plz

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  26. Hey Tim.
    My parts have arrived, and I am wondering if you can help me solve my problem. The ends of the wires on the Motor, and Speedcontroller are like metal coils, how do I connect them to other wires?

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  27. For the entire set charger reccomended battery landing gear control horns push rods and the durable metal gear servo brush less motor speed controller propeller and the propeller saver plus the 10 foam would be $90 but all DAT electronics are reuse able expensive but worth it kits cost $220 - $5000 each

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  28. what about the RC???? link for the rc???

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  30. He tim,

    do you need the 3 mm or the 4mm propsaver if you have a hexTronik DT750 Brushless Outrunner 750kv motor?

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  31. hai, tim my name jose i want to make a advanced rc cessna 182,can you say what are the items required ?please send me a list i am waiting for you tim

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  32. Hey Tim, i made the same plane with 1 inch home insulation foam, and i am adding ailerons in it, but wanted to know which motor to use ,as i am from india so not much stock avaliable, so please tell me a motor out of these-
    TURNIGY D2826-10 1400kv Brushless Outrunner Motor
    Turnigy Aerodrive DST-1000kv Brushless Motor
    D2830-11 1000kv Brushless Motor
    TURNIGY D2826-6 2200kv Brushless Outrunner Motor
    Avionic C2836 KV1120 brushless motor

    please tell as soon as possible.Waiting for an early reply.


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  33. hey Tim,
    i want to make ailerons on this plane what size do you recommend.

    Paul

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  34. How do i make this plane faster

    Paul

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  35. Could you show the connection diagram.. as I'm very new to this, but more interested to make one...

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  36. hello,
    I am student at University currently in my Junior year, studying Aeronautical Engineering. A team of students are aiming at building an RC which can carry payload for a competition (AIAA-DBF). There is a limitation of 15AMP draw of power. Please give suggestions on how to do wing loading analysis BEFORE ACTUALLY BUILDING THE PLANE.

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  37. hello your vedio is amazing but where can i get the foam which one do you suggest

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  38. can you give a written list of the electronics names
    dima.chesley@gmail.com

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  39. Hello your video was awesome. I have started to build rc planes. The foam you use, are there any substitutes for it. I live in Australia and I can't find it any where
    please reply thanks

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  40. If you go to this website, http://www.bunnings.com.au/, could you have a look and see if there is something on it like the foam you use. Bunnings is a hardware store. I looked and couldn't find anything. could you please look Thankyou!

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  41. are the possible combination of parts ok for an rc plane:
    Wolfpack 2200mah 20c 11.1V
    30A Electronic Speed Controller for Brushless Motors
    Avionic C3536 KV1100 brushless motor
    Avionic 17g Servo (AV17A)
    Electric Flight Prop 10 x 7
    Avionic RCB6i (2.4Ghz 6ch transmitter with receiver)

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  42. Do you need a bigger motor if you want it to hold a golf ball in flight

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  43. hi! awesome video!! how do you connect all the electronics though. you were kind of unclear on that

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  44. what is the material that u used to build the rc plane??

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  45. Dear Tim,
    There are 1,000s of videos online and i found yours to be the most helpful, it was step by step, and really kind of you for making and sharing with the world. If only u made this stuff last year, i screwed up big time, spending hundreds of dollars and not knowing what to do. I mean this when when I say it- THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS.

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  46. Hello Tim,

    How can i make ailerons on that plane? Can it with 1 special servo, or 2 servo's?

    Kind regards: Mart
    (Netherlands).

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  47. Please help I am a pakistan I want daily motion video I can open YouTube but its too slow and please give a plan for gas engine powered

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  48. hi i followed your steps and cant get it to fly straight at all it inverts and goes right over my head CG seams ok so not sure what im doing wrong Im useing a bigger motor but that should not have this reaction?

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  49. is it only from hobby king we can buy these things
    iam from srillanka
    i dont think that these can be found in my country

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  50. How much will this cost all in total??? Can u pls reply ASAP

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  51. Hey can anybody who has built this plane can help me?

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  52. Hi Tim

    Please can you advise what is a "Prop Saver"? When I follow your link, it goes to a whole list of different items, none of which are labelled "Prop Savers".

    Many thanks

    Giles

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  53. Hi Tim,

    I'm a school teacher trying to help my student build this plane. The battery you suggested has four terminals? whereas the speed controller only has 3 terminals. Is there some kind of adapter for this or do you have a suggestion on another battery?

    Many thanks!
    Corinthia

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  54. hi tim tim can the rc Airplane Glider ?

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  55. dude how will i get my accessories for this plane can you help me

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  56. Wonderful, I'm in Colombia and would like to know how to ask the material to build the plane.

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  57. do i take the prop which u used and i am in india so getting accessories is it more diff so can i use theermocol in place of foam

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    1. Dude it'wont stand for that knife

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  58. Hi Tim, i watched the video, excellent.!!
    Are you have facebook ,twitter account.?
    Can i follow you.?

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  59. You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.
    Remote control plane Sydney

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  60. Hey where to buy prop, prop saver, and wings

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  61. that size is in CentiMeter or Inch ?

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  62. hi i dont know were to get fone .Can you help me

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  63. Can there is any other cheap charger
    And please suggest me any prop
    And i am from india thats why gettin foam sheet is difficult please suggest me any other material or can i buy the foam online

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  64. Im a beginner in building RCs. Im having trouble connecting the push rods to the servos and control horns. Can you help me with it?

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  65. hi i want to contact u. pls send me ur contact detail.my no.is +919316918864

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  66. Hi Tim Can you please update the link for propeller. I think it has been changed.

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  67. Thank you for such a fantastic blog. Where else could anyone get that kind of info written in such a perfect way? I have a presentation that I am presently working on, and I have been on the lookout for such information.
    Remote control plane Sydney

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  68. Hi, Thanks for your great post, there are much nice information that I am sure a huge number of guys and gals don’t know.
    Remote control plane Sydney

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  69. hi tim can u send us a graphic that shows wires connections? it will be a honor to have ur reply and graphic too

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  70. plzzzzz u r the first that i trust

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  71. Tim, I have finished building your aircraft. Please tell me how far the leading edge of the wing sits from the nose? I still can't get my CG correct as shown in your video.
    Great photos of your adventures!

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    1. I've been trying to build An aircraft that can fly but I can't...I'm frm nigeria ...Tim can u help me out Dis is my nigerian number+2348113441188

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  72. please tell me what is the propeller size

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  73. Hi Tim,

    I want to ask you that, what is the specific name for the foam by which you made rc plane?

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    1. you can use depron 6mm or 9mm....i will upload my fisrt flight in a little will...

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSX2W-Hr64E&feature=youtu.be see here thanks to tim!

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  75. Which is the 'Prop mount' that should be ordered?

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    1. Can you write me a list of all the things i needed for this plane?

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  77. Hi!
    Is 2cm foam too thick? What do you think?

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  78. Thanks so much for your idea..

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  79. My plane doesnt seem to take of can someone plz give me ideas?

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  80. Hi Tim, this is my first scratch build plane. I already own a 4ch Syma X5C quadcopter transmitter and I am wondering if I could somehow use that for this plane. Plz let me know as soon as you can, thx.

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  81. Also I'd like to add ailerons to this plane. Could anyone tell me what size should I make them and if I could I use a single servo setup or not? Thx

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  82. hai guy. i wanna asked you. whether the electric component for airplane on salled only in elecric airplane's store or i can buy the component in regular electronic store? please comment because i dont know where the store sale components of airplane toys used RC

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  83. hi i am from Nepal. I am a beginner can i order things from hobby king in Nepal and from RC bazaar also. plz tell me

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    1. my name is binit

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    2. i got it i can order note ones from Nepal seeing this.....

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  84. This is a great article. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

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  85. Hi Tim,

    I'm a newbie in making RC planes. As a starter I am referring to the video of the plane that you built.
    I have a query. In your video you said to use a 10x47 prop. What if I use a 10x45 prop? would it be much of a problem?

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  86. Hello Tim,

    I'm a student in Australia trying to build this RC plane. But the push rods seem to be out of stock for quite a long time, so can you please suggest an alternative for that because I need to finish the plane as soon as possible. Please reply ASAP!!

    Thanks Jason

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  87. Will this fly with the DT750, 10x4.7 prop, and 3/4" pink insulation foam?

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  88. Are there any alternatives for the electrical system (e.g. 9V engine) so that I can use cheaper consumer-store batteries/accumulators rather than the hobby-king versions?

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  89. I was looking on Grayson Hobby and I found a fast cheap brushless motor and speed controller on sale. It recommends a 5x5-6x4 prop. Do you think that would be too small for this plane?

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  90. I’m a great fan of your blog; I regularly visit this site to get further details from here.

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  91. Hi Tim, would it be possible to make this plane from foamboard that is 5mm thick or would that be too thin?
    Thanks:)

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  92. The construction of such a simple model aircraft beginners will save a lot of money and many skalmania of failure. When you learn to fly, you can build a more beautiful models and semi-models. Thanks for such guides.

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  93. hello i'm thug and i have angry bird comment me is where and gadget. Thank.

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  94. wsh daidicasse o collaige henri 4 issi c la strite

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  95. Hi Tim,
    I am A beginner to rc. I have ordered all the parts. One problem is that i can't seem to find the COG of my plane. So it would me great if you could help.

    Regards,
    Dilip
    India.

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    1. Tim mentions in his video it should be about an inch behind the wing tips. Mine is about 1 1/2" and it works fine. Hold it there. If it doesn't balance move battery(Heavy contents) until it balances.

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  96. I made it but
    While flying its rotating vertically and fall down. Please anyone help me

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    1. It is probably something to do with the "Center of gravity" Tim mentions this in his video. Maybe move the battery towards the back a little. Or perhaps the trim on the Rudder. Or the elevator trim. good luck.

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  97. Price list

    My 10 year old son and I built it and it flies great. Much Thanks Tim.

    Everything I purchased from Amazon.
    Total $328.02

    Total $202.69, if you buy this Transmitter & Receiver bundle $41.89 2.4G FS-CT6B 6 CH Radio Model RC

    Transmitter and simulation software $149.97 Great Planes RealFlight 7.5 w/Tactic TTX610:

    Receiver $17.25 Tactic TR624 2.4Ghz 6CH Receiver:

    Motor $19.99 hexTronik DT750 Brushless Outrunner 750kv:

    Speed Controller $15.99 BW 20Amp 20A ESC
    Brushless Speed Controller 2-3S:

    2 Servos $8.00 Tower pro MG 90S servos:

    Props $7.50 2 of Jrelecs 2 Pairs 1045 Rc 4-axis X-axis Aircraft for Rc Airplane Black:

    Landing gear $11.69 GREAT PLANES Landing Gear Set Flylite EP ARF GPMA2584:

    Prop saver $5.09 uxcell 4mm Airplane Propeller Prop Saver:

    Push rods $9.74 Great Planes Semi-Flexible Pushrod (Set of 2), 36":

    Nylon Control Horns $3.28 Great Planes Nylon Control Horns (Set of 2):

    Battery $15.99 Turnigy 1300mAh 3S 20C Lipo Pack:

    Battery charger $20.86 iMAX B6 OEM Battery
    Balance Charger For 1-6 cell Lipo:

    Battery charger wall adapter $9.35 Intocircuit LCD 60W 12V 5A Adapter:

    Battery charger Connector $5.99 LHI 3 PCs Male XT60 XT-60 To Female T-Plug Deans Connector:

    Battery fireproof bag $8.80 BW Fireproof Explosionproof Lipo Battery Safe Bag:

    XT60 Connectors $5.75 US Shipped Cheap Drones XT60 Connectors 5 Pairs:

    Motor Connector $6.55 10 Pairs Gold Tone Metal Banana Bullet Plug Male Female Connector 3.5mm:

    Battery extension $6.23 RC 3S Lipo Battery 4Pin JST-EH Plug Balance Charger Cable Extension:

    The end


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    1. There is a person who bought the parts for much less. Total $108.00 from aliexpress

      http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Hobbyking-hexTronik-DT750-Brushless-Outrunner-750kv-RC-Hobby-Bell-Style-Motor/512839_1767355586.html

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  98. Howmuch payload can be bear ur plane?
    Here im using 2200mah battery
    Is it effecting c.o.g?
    And im using foam sheet here..

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    1. Hi,Sankar,

      This post may help you.

      I copied and pasted this text from the above post dated July 29,2013


      (Hi Amit,)

      Thanks for writing! You can use a more powerful motor, just make sure you get the centre of gravity right. I found that with the setup here and a KF Airfoil for the wing, I was able to smoothly carry a gopro. Check out these videos:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHOCFrsRGig
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SE0z8Bo3-U

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    Homemade hinges for the plane with their hands
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  101. Hi, i am 13 years old and my friend an I are trying to build this; as we are low on money we need to know: what is the cheapest controller and receiver i can get, thanks.

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    1. you can do it with help of controller and some transmitter and receiver module. but you will need help of some senior .this controlling system costs around 35 dollars max .

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    2. range will be around 1 KM.

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  102. Hi, I just want to ask that I am making the same plane same design but by using the balsa wood (inplace of insulation foam) so is there any modification or changes I have to made?? means use high power motor or larger size propeller?? looking forward for your response.
    Thanks.

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  103. can we use thermocol instead of this polystyrene foam to make this plane?

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  105. I can't figure out how u plugged the battery into the side, all the images say it's on top

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  106. Can I use a 1000kv brushless motor ?

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  107. Thanks for sharing this nice information here. it's really informative for me.

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  108. Great article, It's one of the best content in your site. I really impressed the post. Good work keep it up. Thanks for sharing the wonderful post.

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  109. Wow, really fantastic post. I never seen this type of post. This post are really helpful for those who have big fan of Plane.

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  110. Hi kim i realy like it
    mybe you can send me all the name of all the electronic parts in this plan
    Thenk you
    Noam.nat@gmail.com

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    1. he mention all links for electronics above .

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    1. yes you can but it will go complex in controlling so better not to install it but if you want you can

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    2. Dude do u know how to fly.ailerons are the easyest way to roll there is no fun without ailerons

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    3. I made this one , mine one was little bit heavier than this one in above video . It got broken several times while flying , due to lack of controlling efforts .Controlling plane is also a skill . it needs time.If you already a flyer then go , why not ?

      in case if you know how to control , you don't even need
      ailerons , both rudder and elevator together movement is enough to have a movement like ailerons !!!!!

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  113. where can I learn to build my own rc flying plane ???,
    plz place the best site links here

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/user/flitetest

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    2. hello karan patel i was build rc airplane with 1400kv brushless motor but can not fly? could you guide me plese
      with regards

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    3. hello karan patel i was build rc airplane with 1400kv brushless motor but can not fly? could you guide me plese
      with regards

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    4. I built this one by using styrofoam for fuselage , and i used 2 sheets of thermocol 10 cm each to make wing , and high density thermocol for horizontal and vertical stabilizer . keeping dimension same as above .

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    5. Thanks my brother for help me.now i decide to build like this airplane and buy those listed materials.so my brother could you guide me please after i buy those materials


      Transmitter & Receiver bundle $41.89 2.4G FS-CT6B 6 CH Radio Model RC

      Transmitter and simulation software $149.97 Great Planes RealFlight 7.5 w/Tactic TTX610:

      Receiver $17.25 Tactic TR624 2.4Ghz 6CH Receiver:

      Motor $19.99 hexTronik DT750 Brushless Outrunner 750kv:

      Speed Controller $15.99 BW 20Amp 20A ESC
      Brushless Speed Controller 2-3S:

      2 Servos $8.00 Tower pro MG 90S servos:

      Props $7.50 2 of Jrelecs 2 Pairs 1045 Rc 4-axis X-axis Aircraft for Rc Airplane Black:

      Landing gear $11.69 GREAT PLANES Landing Gear Set Flylite EP ARF GPMA2584:

      Prop saver $5.09 uxcell 4mm Airplane Propeller Prop Saver:

      Push rods $9.74 Great Planes Semi-Flexible Pushrod (Set of 2), 36":

      Nylon Control Horns $3.28 Great Planes Nylon Control Horns (Set of 2):

      Battery $15.99 Turnigy 1300mAh 3S 20C Lipo Pack:

      Battery charger $20.86 iMAX B6 OEM Battery
      Balance Charger For 1-6 cell Lipo:

      Battery charger wall adapter $9.35 Intocircuit LCD 60W 12V 5A Adapter:

      Battery charger Connector $5.99 LHI 3 PCs Male XT60 XT-60 To Female T-Plug Deans Connector:

      Battery fireproof bag $8.80 BW Fireproof Explosionproof Lipo Battery Safe Bag:

      XT60 Connectors $5.75 US Shipped Cheap Drones XT60 Connectors 5 Pairs:

      Motor Connector $6.55 10 Pairs Gold Tone Metal Banana Bullet Plug Male Female Connector 3.5mm:

      Battery extension $6.23 RC 3S Lipo Battery 4Pin JST-EH Plug Balance Charger Cable Extension:

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  114. Thanks for the very informative blog and I extremely grateful that you perform this piece of writing very simply, I mean to say that it's quite simple to read and understand.

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  115. Is it possible to build this plane out of wood?

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    1. You can very well build planes out of wood. Balsa wood is the preferred choice as it is light as well as strong. The only thing you need to keep in mind are the thrust (produced by the props and motor) and the total weight of the plane. A good zone would be that the trust be atleast 60% of the weight (like for a 200gm plane thrust needs to be atleast 120gms, the more the better).

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  116. nice but what foam should i use ??

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    1. use styrofoam for body and high density thermocol for other things like wing, tail , rudder ,etc . If the mention foam in video is not available at your area.

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    1. use styrofoam for body and high density thermocol for other things like wing, tail , rudder ,etc . If the mention foam in video is not available at your area.

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  119. sir could you send the link to horn,push rod,push rod links clevis its urgent

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  124. Many of those parts are discontinued (prop and prop saver, push rods, control horns). I also have speed problems with the plane itself, so it never flies.

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  125. Awesome video, the article is also very well written and detailed, helping a lot of RC enthusiasts diy RC model

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  126. KSHITIJ KULKARNI16 April 2019 at 00:46

    HEY TIM
    THIS IS MY FIRST PROJECT ON RC PLANES.I AM USING DEPRON . IS IT OKAY OR IS SOME OTHER MATERIAL REQUIRED?I AM FROM INDIA. WHAT IS THE APPROX WEIGHT OF YOUR PLANE AND WHAT KV MOTOR DID YOU USE?
    PLS REPLY FAST.

    BEEN TRYING TO BUILD SINCE 2014

    KSHITIJ KULKARNI

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  127. hey tim
    is it okay if i build the plane using 6mm depron? will it still fly?
    pls reply fast
    kshitij kulkarni

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  128. Hi Tim,
    I built this plane 1/2 size. It had lots of power but although you said the centre of gravity was about one inch behind the leading edge, you didn't say how far back from the planes front the wedding should sit. Mine took off, went vertical and I couldn't control it, hence a bad crash. I'd like to rebuild but need that crucial information. I would most appreciate a reply
    Yours
    Gary
    UK

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  129. That should read WING of course☺

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