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Posted by greynation | Aug 05, 2019 @ 08:21 PM | 871 Views
I have tried designing an RC airplane before and my designs usually were drawn to scale on a piece of paper and then measured and cut out of foamboard. I got lucky a couple of times and the thing actually flew pretty well. But the process was tedious and I couldn't really share my plans with anyone without lengthy explanations of the details I kept in my mind. It was discouraging. So I decided I wanted to do some CAD style drawings like the guys at Flite Test.

When I saw the Nano Drak from RitewingRC I knew it was time to give it a shot. From the pictures I found it looked pretty small and basically like a plank flying wing. That's when I put 2 and 2 together and I knew exactly how I was going to do it. The FT Goblin!

I downloaded a copy of the full page plans and started wondering how I was going to make the necessary edits to get the shapes I wanted. I needed some software. I had heard of people using Inkscape to draw plans before so I downloaded a free copy and when it was installed I started playing around with it. Pretty soon I had figured out how to import PDFs, make new layers, measure correct distances, and all those good things that you have to know to use the software. I dove in head first.

Here is how I did it:

Download the plans from FT.
Download and install Inkscape.
Open the PDF of the plans in Inkscape.
Create a new layer over the one the plans are on.
Set the transparency of the layer to 50%
Use the panel on the left to select the “Draw...Continue Reading