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Apr 20, 2004, 09:36 AM
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Is there a rule of thumb for designing planes


Is there a ratio to use as a rule of thumb for designing the tail surface for an airplane? I'm planning to build a combat aircraft using SIG's foam wing blank, which is 45" across and about 8" deep. It is a flat bottomed wing, with a slight dihedral. I want to get this right the first time, so I would like to know if there is a formula for designing the tail surfaces. Also is there a rule for the overall length that a plane can be? This is really my first attempt at designing a plane, so any help would be appreciated.
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Apr 20, 2004, 02:56 PM
Try http://www.uoguelph.ca/~antoon/hobby/pmdesign.htm (hope I got that link correct).
Apr 26, 2004, 03:04 PM
Will work for planes
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here are some more useful links.
http://www.coloradogliders.com/tools.htm#tools
http://www.palosrc.com/instructors_corner.htm


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