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Old 07-21-2020, 02:04 PM
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Do they make any balsa wood and tissue paper kits with control surfaces that are already ready for radio control? If not how can I learn how to make the conversion to the rudder and elevator?is it possible to add small sheets of balsa to the rear edge of the fixed 'rudder' and 'elevator' using tape or something like that as hinges or would that upset the areodynamics too much?

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Old 07-22-2020, 03:51 AM
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I think you can modify Comet kits fairly easily while you are building them. It looks like a simple matter of adding a second spar in the horizontal and vertical stab to separate out the elevator and rudder.
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I converted a few Guillows warbird kits back in the day,, I set them up 3 channel with Aileron and Elevator,, no rudder,, depending on the plane,, no ailerons would be difficult to fly I would think
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How did you go about separating out the pieces
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Not sure what your question is exactly.. but If you don't have any kit building under your belt,, you might want to build a few first before you start kit bashing or scratch building,,

Start by studying a few RC plans of the plane you're building and then just scale the control surfaces down to the smaller kit,,, Draw out ailerons and elevator over the plans you have,, then you'll see what is needed to cut away and insert leading edge of ailerons and new trailing edge, same with stab and ele., you'll need to fabricate some light weight torque rods and a push rods

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I don't think there's anything I really want to get into it's much more involved than I thought it would be the certain things hindering me I don't want to take on the challenge this point of my life thanks for the information
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If you want something simple, have a look at the Flite Test foam airplane plans. Many of them fly well and can be built in a fraction of the time. They'll never look as nice as a balsa model, but they are a good way to ramp up into the hobby.

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