Friday, January 4, 2019

Plastic Model Airplanes Modelling Basics - A Beginner's Guide to Choosing the Right Tools

When building plastic model aircraft, there are many tools and paints to choose and use, and when you first look at all the different knives, paints, and glues, it seems mind boggling. Hopefully, before you buy any tool, you’ll consider a few items.


Glue:


The most important tool of any model is the glue. Basically there are not many glues out there, but there are some I stay away from. The funny thing is that I would suggest to not use the model glue. The main reason for this is that I have seen people use this and come out with mixed results. Some models work fine with model glue, but others turn out bad.

The problem that many people run into with model glue is that it 1) takes too long to dry and 2) eats the plastic if too much is applied. Overall model glue isn’t too bad to buy since it does its job if used correctly and precisely, but if you choose to use this glue, never use it on landing gear. When I first began modeling, I used this glue on landing gear and it seemed no matter how long I let it dry, it never supported the plane. instead of using model glue for the landing gear, I would suggest to use super glue since when it binds, it doesn’t break away. No matter how heavy the body is, super glue will support it.

I usually use super glue for the entire model. I do this since you only need a little bit on each piece to hold it in place. Super glue also dries pretty quickly, allowing you to put a model together at a decent rate. The other main reason is that it supports the landing gear great. So in my experience, super is the best to use, but don’t use it because I say to, try out the model glue, then the super glue, and decide which one works for you.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Beginner's Guide to Remote Control Airplanes Flight

Radio controlled aircraft modeling is one of the most exciting hobbies available. It involves many interests, disciplines, and skills. Some of these are aerodynamics, electronics, mechanics, drafting and design, composite material construction, and woodworking, and these are in the airplane alone. There are many other fields of interest in the hobby of aircraft modeling; far too many and too varied to try to list. Many people find that many new skills must be learned before they are ready to begin to learn to fly. The hobby is constantly changing as new technology is developed. A new modeler may become frustrated at times but certainly not bored.


To reduce the chance of frustration, a new modeler should become involved with other modelers in order to learn the necessary skills. This may involve simply visiting a flying site and becoming acquainted with experienced modelers or joining a club. These modelers are a source of knowledge and experience that can be invaluable to the new modeler when he begins to build his first aircraft and when he begins to learn to fly. An experienced modeler can act as an R/C flight instructor to teach a new person the skills required to fly the aircraft properly and to avoid the inevitable crash.
New modelers must realize that a radio controlled model aircraft is not a toy. It is a true aircraft in that it flies and operates by the same principles as a full scale aircraft with the difference being the size and weight. The average model will fly in a range of 20 to 60 MPH and weigh 5 1/2 to 6 pounds. The force of the model hitting an object can be devastating especially if it hits a person. Models must be controlled properly both for enjoyment and for safety. The skills required to accomplish this must be learned from an experienced modeler.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

A Beginners' Guide to Aerodynamics

a guest post by John LeGrand

Introduction

Aerodynamics is the study of forces and motion of objects through the air.

Basic knowledge of the aerodynamic principles is highly recommended before getting involved in building and/or flying model aircraft.

A model aircraft that is hanging still in air during strong winds may be subject to the same aerodynamic forces as a model aircraft that is flying fast during calm weather.

The aerodynamic forces depend much on the air density.

For example, if a glider glides 25 meters from a given altitude during low air density it may glide 40 meters during high density.

The air density depends on the atmospheric pressure and on the air temperature. The air density increases with decreasing of the air temperature and/or with increasing of the atmospheric pressure. The air density decreases with increasing of the air temperature and/or with decreasing of the atmospheric pressure. A flying aircraft is subject to a pressure depending on the airspeed and the air density. This pressure increases exponentially with increasing of the airspeed.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

How To Avoid Crashing Your First RC Plane - 10+ Essential Tips

a guest post by Eddy Murano

There are very few things as enjoyable on a nice sunny day as taking out your remote control airplane and having a nice leisurely flight. If you happen to take your kids along they will have a great time and it will also make for a great family experience as well.

Some people think of RC airplanes as toys and some of them are. But other RC airplanes are complex and state of the art machines that rival the performance and appearance of their real life counterparts. From small 2 channel basic airplanes to full function jet engine fighters, the hobby has them all!

Contrary to popular belief, flying one of these airplanes is not difficult. It does take some practice and it helps if you have a little upfront knowledge and insight as far as what you are going to encounter and that is where this book will come in handy.
A lot of people spend a lot of money on their planes only to have them sit on a shelf because they don't have the first clue how to get them up in the air and back down in one piece. Well, we are going to show you how to do all that in this article. By following the simple tips provided on this page you will get a great start on great hobby and leisure activity

First, you should buy a trainer that is easily repairable, in case of damage. To have a crash is common, especially in the initial days of training and learning. Hence, your plane should be easy to repair and not take away the fun from your hobby. Secondly, buy a trainer, whose parts are readily available, so that in case you need to replace a part, you don't have to wait till you lose interest in flying, before getting the spare part.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Flying RC Planes – Essential Tips

Flying rc planes is a great hobby which will give you immense excitement and joy. Anyway, in case you are a beginner, well, you will have to take up this hobby seriously in order to master the art of RC model airplane flying.

a guest post by Roy M.

The simplest way to start is the 2 channel electric type RC model airplane. You need not be an experienced one to fly these ones as they are relatively easy and are available everywhere. The level of expertise will depend upon the amount of money you are willing to pump in and your own seriousness about it. If you are not bound by budgetary constraints then you can purchase a RC flight simulator although this is a luxury for flying simple RC model airplanes.

Flying model airplanes can be a lot of fun if you are aware of the following things. Weight and balance are very important for an airplane. So if you have a bought a Ready to Fly airplane and followed all the instructions correctly then the weight and the balance of the airplane should be ok. But it is also important to check the balance before flying a RC model airplane. Just remember that an incorrect balance will make it very difficult for you to control the airplane and it might just crash.