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How to Make an RC Plane

Fatima Rangwala
If you ever had the desire to fly an RC aircraft though not for real, but as your passion, read on to learn how to make an RC plane with just a few easy homemade materials.
RC (Radio-controlled) aircraft covers a massive field of airplanes; any starting from the indoor small-sized RC airplanes to the gigantic scale models all the way to RC jet planes. Those who love to fly airplanes in a real sense, simply find it intriguing when it comes to radio controlled airplane and helicopter models.
Most of the time, this prospective triggers off their interest in learning to make an RC plane on their own. And maintaining this interest, many enthusiasts also turn out to build satisfying and mind-blowing aircraft projects to fly them and enjoy. Luckily, this information elaborates on the same.
Keeping every individual's interest, budget and taste of building an aircraft with simple materials, persuade this most popular- fast-growing airplane building hobby as one of your own! Building an RC airplane model is a type of project which suits not only kids, but older individual's as well.
There can be a number of family and group activities once the model is ready. Interestingly, there are a number of organizations and airplane flight clubs across the globe, who plan weekly activities and competitions for an air flight.
To build your own RC aircraft right from the scratch, start with a set of definite plans to go about constructing the plane. Then the supplies. Then the formation and the ramping up. And in the end comes, the most awaited part- flying! Of course, you need some guidelines and tips to make a smooth, craftsmen carved aerodynamic airplane model.
Also, an aerodynamic RC model can be made of either of the material, foam or cardboard. These materials are preferably sturdier and efficient if compared to ordinary paper. The carving of the cuts and curves in the airplane becomes easier using these textures.

Making RC Planes out of Cardboard

An RC cardboard plane happens to be very sturdy in appearance and still isn't so difficult to build. You can also construct a delta-wing design with ailerons on the back of the wings, giving the aircraft a capacity to fly longer and better.
Required Materials
  • Chipboard
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Straight-edged Ruler
  • Craft Blade
  • Paper Clips
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue
  • Tape
Step #1
: This is the first step in learning to make an RC plane and all you have to do is draw the outline of the plane's body. Draw a 12'' long airplane body on the chipboard.
Step #2: Next step is to draw a triangle to make the wings of the plane. Draw about 10½'' long shape on the cardboard.

Step #3: Using scissors cut out both the shapes of the wings and body of the airplane and keep them aside.
Step #4: Now, place a straight-edged ruler at about a ¾'' away from the bottom and by the body of the RC aircraft. Now pull a straight line measuring 10¼'' long across the cardboard. Once the layout is planned, set the aircraft's body onto another piece of chipboard. Use a craft blade and straight-edged ruler and cut through the line on the cardboard.
Step #5: Next place the wing part on the chipboard and cut a tiny notch at the back of the wing. The measurement for the same has to be ¾'' away from the edge. Also, cut another notch away from the center line. Let it measure ½''.
Turn the cardboard and score the lengths of both the ailerons of the wing. Notches help create ailerons of the plane, which controls the total maneuvering of the plane. This procedure must be repeated for the other side of the wing as well.
Step #6: Now pull a line at the center of the wing piece, place your ruler along the line and using a craft blade score along the line. Make sure you do not cut through the cardboard.
Step #7: Hope all the steps are clear up to this stage. Next, bend the wing part at the center and arrange the wings at an alignment of 25-degree angle. Once you finish doing that, notch 1/8'' in both the back and front wing's center.
Step #8: Very neatly and swiftly, slip in the wing piece in the main slit of the aircraft's body segment. While inserting make a note that the notches present at the back and the tip cling the wings in its place. Once you are done, gently bend the ailerons to a 45 degree angle.
Step #9: Now comes the gluing time! The body and the wings of the plane must be taped at the bottom segment. Along the wing at the point of intersection with the body segment, apply some glue to stick the pieces.
Step #10: This happens to be the final step of your RC plane. Herein, you have to simply attach a few paper clips to the nose of the aircraft and check for its flying status. If it flies well, you have done an excellent job then!
So, here you have learned how to make a RC plane out of cardboard. The concept of building the RC plane remains same when it comes to making a RC plane out of foam. Just a barter of few different materials like thick foam and graph papers, and voila, you are good to go about constructing a RC foam plane!
Although it's still exciting to stop by a toy store and shop the costliest park fliers for a few dollars, making your own radio-controlled aero model gives a satisfactory feeling which doesn't come around even if you spend thousands of dollars on commercial materialistic toys.
So keep the construction of an airplane as your great hobby and all the best with your next model build! Have a Happy Flying!