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Posted by R&RRC | Jan 14, 2008 @ 12:10 AM | 8,562 Views
I have plans for most of the planes I build. The only problem is that when I try to scan in the plans they become distorted and about 70% of the original size. So the next best thing that I know to do is tell how I make my plans.

When making a scale full fuselage plane, plans are hard to get right the first time to where every thing matches up exactly right. Depending on the plane being modeled also make a difference of the difficulty due to the fuselage shape.

On the other hand though, a profile model is much easier. Most planes will be equally difficult to build since you are just making an outline of a plane and not making a drawing into a three dimensional structure.

I take a simple 3 view drawing and then paste each view in Microsoft Publisher. Publisher makes moving and enlarging the drawings really easy. Enlarge the plans to the size that you want your finished plane to be, make sure that all the views are the same size, tile and print the plans. Next you will have to tape the sheets together. One hint is that not all 3 view drawings are totally exact so just print out half of a wing, half a horizontal fuse, and half of a horizontal stab. This way you just flop over the plans and you know for sure that you have a mirror image plane. Next either split the horizontal or vertical fuse so the other can fit on either side of it. Determine your wing placement and cut in your fuse for mounting of the wing do the same with you horizontal stab, and then your vertical....Continue Reading
Posted by R&RRC | Dec 09, 2007 @ 01:50 PM | 8,399 Views
Hey, guys!

I have had some interest in the carrier so I thought I would post some plans, pics, and details on how to build it in case any of y'all wanted to build one.

Here are the plans.

They are kind of rough, I only made them with paint. The carrier is not complex or hard to build though. Hopefully between the pics and plans y'all will have what y'all need. If anything is confusing just let me know. I will be looking back at this thread often.

The key to building this carrier is keep it lite. I wanted to use some type of foam, but it would be destroyed by the planes and arrestor hooks. I used hard board because it is very durable, and fairly lite. The only problem is that if you are in a climate that changes humidity a lot, the hard board warps a little bit.

I try to keep everything cheap and to make a good strong lite frame, It really needed aluminum. If you go to Lowes or Home Depot you will spend an arm and a leg on aluminum. I used scrap TV antenna square tubing. Go to a local scrap yard and ask to look in the scrap aluminum pile. Chances are that they will have a few old antennas. The best part is that they will probably only cost you $10 or $15 for a 10' piece. You will need enough tubing to go around the perimeter of the hard board, and two cross braces in the middle.

Chances are that the most expensive part will be the wheels for the trailer. They are E-Max wheels and you use a full set. Look at your local RC car hobby shop and see if anyone has...Continue Reading
Posted by R&RRC | Dec 01, 2007 @ 02:33 PM | 9,776 Views
Hey, guys!

Here is a video of my RC carrier landing. It is powered by an RC truck to simulate a moving carrier. It has adjustable weighted arrestor cables, to allow for different weight planes to land. The latest addition is a catapult assembly which allows me to launch my F-14, conduct a sortie, then come back home and make a landing.

Sound effects and commentary courtesy of my Dad and little brother. LOL!

Hope y'all enjoy,

R&RRC RC Carrier Landing (3 min 23 sec)

Posted by R&RRC | Oct 29, 2007 @ 04:37 PM | 8,374 Views
I have been into RC for quite a few years. I first started Racing RC cars and trucks on and off-road when I was 11. I went from cars and trucks to planes when I was 15, so I have been flying for 3 years. I scratch build electric scale models for mostly indoor flying.

I am 18 years old and live in NW Texas where the wind blows 360 days out of the year. LOL! Not really, but sometimes it seems like it.

My saying for model aircraft is: I have never done drugs, I will never do drugs, but this has got to be worse, because it is legalized! LOL! ...Continue Reading