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Use Model Plane Plans to Build Unique Aircraft!

Overview of RC model plane plans available on this website

Tim with Finch RC plane from plans

Free plans for the micro Finch 3 channel RC airplane

 

 

You can design model planes! All published model airplane plans shown on this website are drawn with TurboCAD drafting software. I have been using TurboCAD since the year 2000, and have designed the Electro Aviator, Yard Ace, Chickadee and Blackburn RC airplanes with this easy to use computer aided design software.






 

Robin RC model airplane

Robin plane from CAD plans

 

Learn how to design an RC model airplane from a clean sheet of paper to test flights to the final prototype. Follow along as I design the Robin, a four channel electric RC airplane for the electronics and RC gear from the Horizon Hobby E-flite 4-Site biplane. Download a set of plans and build your own Robin here!






Finch micro RC model airplane

Finch micro RC model airplane

 


The Finch is an easy to build, three channel miniature RC airplane made from free full size CAD plans you can download here. The Finch uses the ParkZone line of RC gear, and can be built in a weekend from balsa and plywood. See a foam version of the Finch here.

 



TurboCAD training CDs

TurboCAD training CDs

 

The easy way to learn TurboCAD to prepare your model airplane plans! 2 hours and 50 minutes of video training using TurboCAD to draw an RC model airplane plan available for sale here. See how to go from a clean sheet of paper to a completed RC model aircraft plan.





 

Snapper RC plane plan fuselage

Snapper side view

 

Get a FREE plan of the Snapper three channel, low wing electric sport flyer. Download the PDF version of the Snapper plan here, or obtain the full CAD version of the Snapper RC plane plan on the training CD set showing you how to use TurboCAD model airplane design software to draw your model airplane plans.

 



Blackburn top view

The Blackburn makes for a great flying model

 

A sport scale RC model of the 1912 Blackburn Type D monoplane is very easy to build from CAD plans and flies just great. Take a look at the Blackburn's build log here. CAD Blackburn plans are available worldwide with FREE SHIPPING!

See pictures of Alan's version of the Blackburn monoplane with a slightly reduced wingspan.

 

Chickadee RC model

Chickadee construction plans are an easy build


FREE PLAN! The Chickadee is a great flying three channel indoor electric RC airplane built from plans.The Chickadee plans are included for free when you purchase a set of Blackburn plans.





Spoke wheel

Build your own spoke wheels

 


Build a set of your own spoke wheels. FREE plans with easy to follow instructions and construction photos. No special jigs or fixtures needed to build these great looking spoke wheels and they add character to any airplane from the early days of flight.

 

 


The World of Indoor Flying Model airplanes

Chickadee RC plane plan

Blackburn fuselage side view drawn with TurboCAD drafting software

 

The Yard Ace was published in the Sept 2008 Quiet and Electric Flight International magazine. While the first test flights were flown in a Golf Dome, the Yard Ace is a bit fast for normal indoor flying.

Yard Ace airplane plan

The Yard Ace was published in Sept 2008 Quiet and Electric Flight International magazine

 

Yard Ace fuselage

Yard Ace fuselage under construction

An plans built model airplane is without a doubt the top level of modeling. It is quite easy to gain a level of building proficiency with kit aircraft, which have a set of RC plane plans and detailed building instructions that will allow you to build any model from just the plans alone.

Yard Ace tail section

Stabilizer and elevator for Yard Ace

A typical set of plans provides all the needed information to complete the aircraft within the plan itself. Wood types, quantity, alignment, etc. are all described. You will need to cut out the necessary formers and ribs, and the model is built directly on the full size plans.

 

Blackburn nose cowl

Blackburn balsa wood cowl assembly

 

As you gain experience with plan built models it is quite easy to make modifications to the original design. You may wish to increase the wing span, add some details or perhaps strengthen the landing gear. All part of the fun and freedom that building a model from plans can offer.

 

 

Blackburn front section

1912 Blackburn nose section

 

 

A very nice flying model of the 1912 Blackburn Type D monoplane can be built from a set of CAD plans. The Blackburn flies much like the Chickadee, with similar size and weight to include the unique metal tube wing mounts.

 


Yard Ace fuselage

Electro Aviator fuselage



TurboCAD Deluxe v16

Once you are able to build an RC model airplane from plans, there is an entire new world out there of existing RC airplane plans, many dating back to the 1930s that would make ideal indoor flyers.

Models designed in the early days had to fly well as all the models needed to be capable of stable free flight before the advent of radio control systems.

The older structures will need to be lightened for optimum indoor flight, but that is all part of the fun. In addition, it is very easy to use a local graphics shop to shrink or enlarge older RC airplane plans to just the right size desired.


Airplane parts

Electro Aviator balsa and plywood parts

 

Once you gain experience in building from RC plans the ultimate step is to draw a plan of your own for a completely new aircraft design.

The new Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs are really quite easy to learn for drawing regular plans, and allow you to draw just about any shape necessary. You cannot go wrong with TurboCAD.

Yard Ace on pavement

The Yard Ace is an easy to construct RC model


An example of a plans built model is the Yard Ace, an aircraft I designed for larger indoor flying venues or outdoors under calm wind conditions. The Yard Ace plan was published in Quiet and Electric Flight International magazine in Sept 2008.

Take a look at Rory's build of the Yard Ace. Rory hails from Capetown, and did a superb job with his Ace.

Electro Aviator

Electro Aviator




The Electro Aviator is another model that I designed. While too large for indoor flight, the Electro Aviator looks great, is an easy build and flies extremely well.

 

 


Chickadee RC model airplane

Chickadee RC model airplane

 

CAD plans for the Chickadee, a three channel indoor electric RC airplane are FREE when you purchase a set of Blackburn plans.

The Chickadee flies at a slow enough pace for you to comfortably "watch" your control inputs. The wings plug in to aluminum tubes making assembly a snap. The brushless electric motor provides plenty of silent power.

Chickadee plans were published in the September 2009 Quiet and Electric Flight International magazine.

Author: Gordon McKay