How To Build An RC Plane

Need to know how to build an RC plane? Making and flying remote controlled airplanes is probably one of the most popular hobbies in the world. Everyone enjoys the fun of assembling an airplane from scratch. In the past, an RC plane could only be made using a kit available in a store. Though even some "pre-built" RC planes can be bought from the store, the fun of creating an RC plane all on your own is truly unsurpassed. Getting together a workable RC plane is quite a task and takes several days or even weeks to complete. However, how long it takes depends on the amount of time you can dedicate every week towards building the RC plane and how many people are helping you build it. In any case, the end result is quite exciting as you are able to fly your very own RC plane.

To build an RC plane, you will need:

  • An RC plane kit
  • A radio
  • A motor
  • Coverings
  • Servos
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Finishing products
  • Plan protector
  • A felt pen
  • An RC heat gun
  • An RC heat iron
  • Re-sealable plastic bags
  1. Check the design that came with the kit and get any additional parts as well as tools that may be required while building the plane. Most kits do not have items such as servos, coverings, radios, motors, finishing products, paint and glue. These need to be purchased separately. Cover the plane design with a plan protector to protect it from the glue. This is because the plane is to be assembled over the design.
  2. Select a work area that has adequate ventilation and has a table or a work bench with a solid surface. Keep in mind that building your plane is going to take several weeks, so select a work area where you can keep the kit and other items undisturbed for weeks at a time.
  3. Arrange all the tools systematically and label all the parts. Pin all the parts of the design to the table and cover them using a plan protector. Using a felt pen, label all the parts that came with the kit. Arrange all the parts in groups, such as right wing, left wing, tail, fuselage, and so on. Keep the smaller parts inside the re-sealable plastic bags.
  4. Construct the airplane as per the design. Read all the instructions carefully before you start building your airplane. The instructions clearly mention the types of glues to be used during different steps. Make sure you allow the different parts to dry before moving on to the next step.
  5. Assemble all the parts together. Make sure you sand off any dried glue showing on the surfaces before painting your airplane. This is because paint, as well as the thin plastic, covers and does not really hide any such flaws. Using the RC heat gun and heat iron, coat all the parts as described in the design. Make sure you don’t use a product that has not been designed for use with RC planes as it may damage the cover. Some kits may require you to paint the parts before you apply a coating, and some require covering with plastic coating and then painting.
  6. Assemble all the electronics that will control the airplane. Connect the push rods as indicated in the instructions. Mount the receiver and the servos in the mounting brackets.
  7. Mount the power plant. Make sure it is aligned correctly, whether you use a glow (gas) engine or an electric motor. When installing an engine, the control rods need to be run through the servos, with a fuel line running to a fuel tank. However, in the case of a motor, you only need connect wires with the controller along with the battery you have installed.
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