There are several approaches to build composite F3P model out of carbon fiber rods. While I and my colleagues gain experience in model building using shaped carbon parts, we would like to share few tips about it.
My friend Dmitry Starostov from Moscow developed his own design F3P carbon plane. Since Shaped carbon rod technology was available, his idea was to take this opportunity to create his own design model. So F3P Colibri Carbon was born. Some specs: Span 900mm Fuselage lenght 1040 mm AUW 43.5 gr with 130 mAh 1S battery Some materials list: Shaped carbon fiber rods 0.5 mm Standard carbon rods 0.5 and 0.28 mm Coaxial system New prototype RES-371gm, airscrews RES-15″ Servos SPEKTRUM 2010 Please enjoy this build tutorial which is documented in detailed images by Dmitry. We will update this post with build progress. Also you can visit his site. Flight video Finished modelDSC01621Finished modelDSC01617Maiden flight of a CollibriDmitry with CollibriCanalizer installedCanalizer [...]
Few years ago the only choice of building material was depron with some very rare exceptions (for example, Alexey Lantsov who seems never used foam for his models). According to today’s tendencies, F3P schedules get more are more complex, competitions get tougher. Model’s lightness and precision become key issues. And it doesn’t matter which class of indoor rc planes will You focus on – F3P pattern, aeromusicals or even fun flying – modellers give priority to the carbon fiber rods covered with mylar film for their models over the depron for some time already. The result of such choice is obvious – very light, [...]
Most people think that for good looking painted foamie you need expencive airbrush and expert skills, i try to show this wrong opinion. Anyone can paint foamie using foam friendly spray cans, stencils and markers. With little patient and few hours of work you can have foamie that will look maybe even better than some airbrush work! Here is some examples ant tips, all planes are painted with spray cans
I mentioned that i will show “Know how” tricks in near future, so here it is very useful tool for foam planes builders Beveling tool. With it you can easily make even good looking 45 degree angle cut outs on ailerons, elevator, rudder and torque box lines. It is very easy to build and use. Here is items you will need to build this tool: 3 ore 6mm balsa sheet ( depending on what thickness depron you will use). Sharp shawing blade, as you see yu will have two parts from one blade. Balsa stick ~10x10mm Jigsaw for 45degree balsa stick cutting. Template for 45 degree cutting ( it also can [...]