Aileron hinge-line leakage can cause many problems when flying a model. It causes loss of lift, adverse yaw and hampers roll control. This article explains how to seal the hinge gaps to prevent these issues.
This group project uses model aviation as a tool to inspire creativity and demonstrate the processes by which ideas become reality. It teaches the fundamentals of aerodynamics, aircraft design, construction and basic RC power/control systems. You will need the assistance of someone who is familiar with building model aircraft.
Now that the holidays are over, it is time to get back to the workshop and make some progress on that new building project you’ve been planning for a while. Sure, there are a lot of great ARFs out there these days, but have you ever considered the possibility of actually cutting wood and building a model of your own?
You can learn a lot from watching what happens at the flying field on a Sunday afternoon and even more from the beginners. You learn what the basic flying skills really are and, most importantly, you see the beginners struggling with their trainers’ shortcomings.
Learning to cover a model is a skill that anyone can learn. The results can be very rewarding, giving your model that custom look that will set it apart at the flying field. This article includes information on the general covering process, using a heat gun, techniques for covering various parts of the model, finishing touches and additional resources.
Sir George Cayley, often called the Father of Aeronautics, designed a helicopter powered by a bow-string mechanism with feather blades (similar to the reproduction shown here). Later, he experimented by flying a model with multiple adjustable surfaces, allowing him to understand how every change affected the model’s flight. This model is a ½ scale replica of his original 1804 model. Cayley used the data from these experiments to publish his On Aerial Navigation in 1809.