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Here is what you need

The materials:

 

  1. The mechanical parts:

    • A4 Size papers – for printing the parts’ template from the Design Plans
    • Foam sheets (5mm thick) – the aircraft’s main frame material :
      1. Polyfoam sheets (plain white without any coating)
      2. Foam board Polystyrene (with coloured coating)
      3. Styrofoam block (bulk-head) – for plane’s nose protection (OPTIONAL)

      Foam materialFoam Closeup

     

    • Carbon tube 4 mm / 5 mm diameter – for the wing / body spar
    • Carbon rod 1 mm / 2 mm diameter – for control rod

    Carbon Spar

    • Pin horns – to connect the control surfaces to the servos
    • Pushrod connectors – to connect the servo horns / pin horns to the control rod

    DC servo

    • Electric nylon propeller with compatible prop adapter

    Propeller

    • Velcro tape / strip – to fasten the Li-Po Batt / other electronics to the plane for easy removal

    Velcro strips_tapes

    • Bolt M3 with 20 mm length with its nut and O ring – for motor mount assembly
    • Plywood / basswood with 5 mm thickness – for motor mount frame
    • Balsa wood (OPTIONAL)

    Wood

     

  1. The electronics:

    • DC Servos – for control surfaces actuators, flaps, slats, landing gears, etc
    • Servo lead extension cable; single cable and Y- cable  (OPTIONAL)

    DC servo

    • Outrunner brushless motor with compatible connector to the ESC – for the aircraft main engine

    Brushless motor

    • Brushless ESC (Electronic Speed Control) with internal BEC (Battery Eliminator Circuit) and proper connector type to the battery and connector lead to the motor

    Brushless ESC

    • Receiver with compatible transmitter( 2.4 GHz, min 4-Channel, Recommended 6-Channel and above with mixing program)

    Transmitter set

    • Li-Po (Lithium –Polymer) Battery with the compatible connector type to the ESC
    • Li-Po Battery proper charger

    Li-Po Batt

     

  2. Finishing materials: (OPTIONAL)

    • Coloured packing tape – for colour finishing process to the aircraft

    Colour packaging tape

    • Foam safe spray paint
    • Flexographic ink

    Flexo inkPaint with Flexo

    • Acrylic paint

    Acrylic paint

 

The tools:

 

  1. Marker (Fine) – for tracing the parts’ template, the fold lines, edge bevel lines, double bevel lines
  2. Stainless steel ruler – for cutting reference tool
    Marker ruler
  3. Screw driver set with various bit driver (Phillips (cross), slot (flat), hex key (Allen), hex socket)
    Screwdriver
  4. Wood coping saw – for motor mount construction
  5. Cutter / utility knife / hobby knife:
    • for trimming the border edges of printed parts’ template
    • for cutting the parts’ template paper out according to the shapes (scissors may also be used)
    • for cutting the foam sheets (complete cut, edge bevel cut and double bevel cut)
      Cutting tool
  6. Single-sided tapes:
    • for joining the printed parts’ template
    • for taping the parts’ template to the foam sheets for tracing process
    • for strengthening the fold lines, especially 90° fold ( fibre reinforced tape is used in this case)
    • for making the control surfaces hinges (fibre reinforced tape is used in this case)
    • for strengthening the all edges of the aircraft; leading edge of the wing / tail / rudder (OPTIONAL)
  7. Double-sided tapes (mounting tape) – for electronics mounting; the servos, ESC, receiver, etc
    Tapes mix
  8. Hot glue gun – for quick assembling process, for filling the gap in between the narrow holes for carbon tube spar installation.
  9. Epoxy glue – for assembling process; the aircraft’s frame, the motor mount, pin horns (much lighter than hot glue, but take a longer time for preparation (mixing) and drying process)
  10. Foam safe glue – an alternative for epoxy glue / hot glue
  11. Spray adhesive (foam-safe is recommended) – for assembling the airfoil part to the main wing/ body
    Glue Notes: be cautious when selecting spray adhesive, some will consume the foam.
    3M foam spray
  12. Abrasive sand paper (fine grit-size) – for shaping the airfoil curves; leading edge of the wing
    Sand paper
  13. Soldering iron/gun – for connecting wires process; ESC, motor, battery connectors
  14. Tin solder wires
  15. Soldering paste
  16. Heat shrink – for neat wires soldering process
  17. Hot wire foam cutter –  for cutting foam sheet with curve / round shapes (OPTIONAL)
    Soldering tool
  18. Electric drill – for motor mount holes construction
    Drill

Happy Hunting!

 

” When an artist of talent makes a painting or a sculpture, he is always aware of the potentials and limitations of his materials; the better the artist, the more likely he is to know just what he can and cannot do with them.”

            – Bruce Cole