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Dec 25, 2006, 07:51 PM
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How Do You Make A Plane With Pink Foam!

i bought one of those giant pink boards that are about 1 inch thick.(because they didn't have blue foam) , at Homedepot . Has anyone ever made a plane with this material. if anyone has ,can you help me.
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Dec 26, 2006, 09:17 AM
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the plane looks nice, i'll try to build a delta wing .But how do make an airfoil with thick foam?
Dec 26, 2006, 10:45 AM
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Hey there,

I have built several but I used the pink fan fold foam that is 1/4 inch in thickness or less if you search thru all the bundles. We don't have blue fff but only pink. So I know this may not help now that you have the thicker foam but it's definately easier(weight wise that is) to stay low on weight. I just built a biplane that will come in under 6 oz with bbrushless, bateries and all.

So maybe next time have a buddy split the cost of a bundle of fff with you....much easier and lighter.

Hope that least a little.

Dec 26, 2006, 10:51 AM
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Forgot to say that I also found it at HD. It was high on a storage shelf right above the thick pink foam. I had to ask them to pull the pallet down. In my little experience the pink fff work just as well. A guy on this forum built a 28 ft span electric plane out of the pink fff. Flew famtastic too.

Dec 26, 2006, 12:48 PM
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1" pink foam is very usable with the right tools. Airfoils are usually created with a hot wire bow and templates at each end. I cut out the center to create ribs and spars, with leading and trailing edges. A couple of balsa spars top and bottom completes the wing structure. Very little gluing or construction, everything is done with templates. There are a couple of books that you should read that deal with this very subject. Do a search in the "for sale" forum or the internet - "Building with Foam by Keith Sparks". The other book I saw was advertised at the back of a Flying Models magazine. The blue slab foam is available at Lowe's and the pink is at Home Depot. They both work equally well. My hot wire table can shave this stuff down to about 1/32 thick. Works good for sheeting the small 6 oz. planes. There are many threads discussing hot wire tables, a search for this will also be enlightening.
Dec 26, 2006, 01:03 PM
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I have built a few things from the 1/2" , 3/4" and 1" pink foam. But all of them have been for glow engins. Like these...

Dec 26, 2006, 10:21 PM
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Start by getting help from the master.

What is the difference between pink and blue foam, since I've never used either?

Dec 26, 2006, 10:27 PM
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Start with a big chunk of foam and then cut away anything that don't look like an airplane, works with duck decoys.

Dec 26, 2006, 11:30 PM
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Hi Planelover93.

I'm going to assume that the pink foam you have is the rigid kind used for house insulation. KenST is quite correct that you can easily make planes from it. Although a hot wire cutter is a quick and slick way of forming airfoils and other plane parts, it's not a necessity. Both the pink and blue foam can be worked with regular power or hand tools.

Use a '3view' to get you the shapes and relative size of each component. Print them out (a couple of copies) at the size you want your plane, glue them to the foam and start cutting. Make your control surfaces about 10% bigger than that shown on the 3view. 3Views can be found on the web.

Fuselages can be roughed out using a bandsaw or sabresaw, or by hand with a coping saw, a hack saw blade or a sharp knife. Pink foam sands very quickly with an orbital sander or by hand. Just sand gently or it will tear out pieces.

Airfoils can be roughed out with a coping saw or a hack saw, then sanded to the final shape. Foam wings generally require some form of reinforcement using carbon or bamboo spars. Fibre packing tape will do the job on thicker wings or lighter planes.

A covering of clear packing tape will add a ton of strength without a lot of weight. This is especially true for wings.

Working foam using these methods will make a fair mess of 'sawdust' that clings to everything with static electricity, so work outside, or with a vacuum cleaner nearby.

Although I use a hot wire cutter for my wings, I form my fuselages this way from 2" pink or blue.

Dec 27, 2006, 09:28 AM
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practice "ba dum dum ching" (drum roll)
Dec 27, 2006, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by carlosponti
practice "ba dum dum ching" (drum roll)
....and then put in a loud "OOOOOH!!" afterwards, like the Wolfman.

Dec 27, 2006, 10:54 AM
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Here's one example, using thick blue foam, but the exercise will be the same no matter the foam:

This model doesn't use airfoiled wings - I hope to have a post up on that topic soon...+
Dec 28, 2006, 06:43 AM
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I've used the blue foam boards before, for fuselages (1-inch and 2-inch). Cut/carve to shape with a hacksaw blade and various knife baldes. Smoothed by sanding with 220 grit paper. Currently don't have any to use, but keeping my eyes open...

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