Building A Radio Controlled Plane
You can find hobbyists flying RC planes all over the world. No matter where you go you’re likely for find at least a few hobbyists flying them. You can spend hundreds of hours and as much money building a radio controlled plane. If you are considering building one of these planes for yourself, you need to have a good idea what will be involved. Once you do, you may decide it’s just what you are looking for, or you may decide it’s just too much work.
The part of the project that takes the most time and effort is building the body of the plane. While it is little more than some wood and glue, how much time you spend building it will depend on what you want when you are done. If you’re just looking for something to get into the air, the style won’t be important to you. In this case, all you need is a simple box to hold the equipment and lift off. However, most hobbyists will want to build a spectacular plane, which looks as much like the real thing as possible, which will involve a great deal more precision work.
Once the body has been built, it’s time to put everything together by installing the radio components and motor. You’ll want to be certain these items are easy to remove, just in case you have to replace them. It’s a good idea to buy all of your motors and radio transmitters as a set. This way you will have instructions for how everything is to be hooked together. Before you do the painting, and decorating of the plane, fit all the components in to be certain everything is going to fit okay. Then remove them and finish the paint and decals before putting the equipment back in.
If you have been extremely careful, and just plain lucky your plane will take off the first time you try, but don’t expect it too. This is the point where frustration can rear its ugly head. Check the aerodynamics and be certain everything is connected exactly as it should be. If all else fails, see if you can find another model plane hobbyist to ask for help. They’ve probably been there and done that, and they’ll be happy to help you out.