In the rc hobby you can choose to buy ready to fly planes (RTF planes) that flies out of the box, almost ready to fly planes (ARF planes) that requires some assembly or you can build your planes from scratch.
After buying the ultimate rc course from RCPowers.com, reviewed here, I decided to build one of the planes from the bonus pdf-plans that I received with the course. The decision fell on the F18 v2 and I will cover my process from printed pdf-plan until the first flight.
Why RCPowers F18 v2?
So why did I choose the F18 from RCPowers.com? I find that building your planes from scratch is a big part of the rc hobby and after going through the RC Powers Ultimate RC Course and looking at a couple of videos on youtube I decided that this plane had a couple of features that I liked.
- Really nice flying characteristics
- Fairly easy to build
- Easy to modify
As a disclaimer I do not claim that this is the correct, best, most accurate or fastest way to do this. It is just my way of building this plane this time to get it up in the air and have some fun with it.
Print the pdf plan
As this is a pdf-plan you have to print all the pages by yourself. I have printed the tiled pdf-plan on my laser printer and cut off some of the edges from the papers to make it easier to tape them together. This pdf-plan is really nice and includes a special information sheet where you see how everything will fit together in the end.
The tools used for this part of the project has been:
- Laser printer (there are guidelines for printer settings included in the pdf-plan)
- Hobby knife
Tape the tiles together
The complete plan
The complete plan is quite big and I glued it onto the foam sheet before I started to trace out the parts. Some of the parts are marked with “x2” which means that you should get two of that piece. You will need two sheets of foam to get all the parts for this rc plane.
I used my hobby knife to trace out the parts and I also tested my new homemade hot-wire foam cutter . In the end I used the hobby knife for most of the parts as I founf the hot-wire foam cutter a bit hard to use on the big parts (more about that in a later post).
Tip: Make sure that your hobby knife is sharp at all times or you will end up with jagged edges on your foam parts!
- Spray glue
- Hobby knife
The next step is to assembly the plane and that will be covered in RC Hobby – Building the RCPowers F18 v2 part 2.