Go Back  RCU Forums > RC Airplanes > Tips & Techniques
Teach me how to build! >

Teach me how to build!

Tips & Techniques Want to share a tip or special technique you have either in the workshop or at the flying field or race track? Post it right here!

Teach me how to build!

Old 08-27-2002, 08:30 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: gone,
Posts: 4,923
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Teach me how to build!

There's not likely to be a better first kit than the Sig Four Star 40.

There's very little that you have to cut to size when building.

Space most of the wing ribs with the pre-cut shear webs... saves lots of time adds about 1/4 inch to each wing. (the root bays are narrower, and should be spaced by the plans... gotta cut the dihedral angle anyway.)

This is a low wing nearly symetrical wing design, which is almost as easy to fly as a common trainer, but capable of almost any aerobatics you could want. Knife-edge loop is problematic, requireing the CG to be so far aft that the plane is nearly uncontrollable when the fuel runs out. But that's the only non-3d maneuver it won't do.

Avoid the most common complaint... don't use a 10X6 on a .40. Use an 11 X 4, which will allow you to slow down and land while the engine is still running. (and will almost give vertical climb if you don't add ballast.) If you put a .46 on, look at lengthening the landing gear a little and put an APC 12.25X3.75 on and it should hover.
Old 08-27-2002, 10:06 AM
My Feedback: (3)
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Pointe Claire, QC, CANADA
Posts: 2,015
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Teach me how to build!

You're looking for kits with a 'box fuse and constant chord wing'. They are the simplest form of an airplane, and are usally the easiest to build. Also think about your flying style, as there are many kits to choose from.

That is, the fuse is 4 pieces with a turtle deck. usually very simple to build. the wing is a board: all the ribs are teh same..

I agree with FH (As i usually do ) ANY 4 Star kit is a great starting point. Then again, just about any Sig kit is a good start. You might want to look at the Sig Somethin' Extra as well. I've built a few, and they always fly great!

Great Planes as well. they have some of teh best manuals out there. Lot's of 'extra' tips that make you smile! The slow poke, the Pete'n poke, the Super Sportster series to mname a few..

Most of these kits are now laser cut, meaning teh pieces fit almost perfectly, and employ 'tabs & slots' for easy assembly and alignemnt.

Top Flight kits should be failry good, once you've gotten through a kit or two. Fomr what I'm lead to beielve, they are 'builder freindly'

The Harry Higley books are also a good place to start. His 'Getting Airborne' feature kit building and coveirng. Definietly worth the $$

Just remember to get a few tools. GP kits usually have a list or [required' tools, as well as a list of 'nice to have'.

remeber to come back here, and review what others have said!

have fun! but take your time!!
Old 08-27-2002, 11:02 AM
Senior Member
My Feedback: (1)
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Edmonton, AB, CANADA
Posts: 384
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Teach me how to build!

Relax, take your time, measure carefully, ask questions and above all; enjoy the experience.
Old 08-27-2002, 04:36 PM
My Feedback: (3)
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 812
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Teach me how to build!

And don't do anything after 10:00. It'll take twice as long the next day to fix...

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.