Sunday, December 31, 2017

Model Aircraft – An Overview

Model aircraft can be found across a broad spectrum of society and cross both economic and social boundaries. They are often thought of as toys and many enthusiasts around the world, old and young alike derive a great deal of pleasure from either builing and/or collecting scale model aeroplanes.

These are also used by film studios for props involving planes that are no longer available, as well as to save costs on hiring the real thing. The cost of hiring a helicopter for a week is substantially less then hiring a remote controlled scale model one. Model aircraft are used to take low level Arial photography, this is especially useful in built up areas where normal aircraft can’t fly. For this purpose model aircraft are modified or specially designed.

Airlines and manufactures use them for marketing, as well as for testing a prototype.

Scale model aircraft are basically scaled down replica’s of the real thing, standard scales range from tiny to relatively large.(There is no limit, it depends on whatever scale someone may decide to start a project.) One of the joys of scale model building/collecting is that you can recreate virtually any aircraft from any era you wish. So if you have a passionate interest in the Second World War, and the European conflict is your interest, you can recreate all of the aircraft that saw action in that theatre, researching colours, markings, some people even research plane numbers and the pilots who flew them.

Another avenue, which is obviously more costly, is to collect/build a radio controlled flying scale model, which can give one a great sense of satisfaction and achievement. These aircraft have some brilliant engineering and ingenuity investing into them.

Now with the advancement of PC graphics and software, it can be an inexpensive pursuit to actually fly a specific plane, of which you may have a model of using a program like Microsoft flight simulator, with its countless add on’s.

Props and scenery are also used, your models could be housed in your scaled down airport, which using flight simulator you can get to take off and land at that specific airport. Some people include service crews,workshops and depots.

Scale models are probably the envy of most men and boys, even if you don’t collect or fly them, the attraction when you see them can be very consuming. (Not to appear sexist, there are also many female enthusiasts out there who equally drool at the sight of well detailed scale models; – although they are usually not our wives!)

New to scale aircraft modelling?
Don’t miss our guide on buying a model aircraft kit.

As a youngster I spent some time building plastic scale model aircraft, and one thing it did teach me was patience. In saying that, patience tends to be acquired over many years as I had many planes half built and flung across the room in anger, only making my frustration worse when you have to now repair the additional broken pieces. Watching my son put together a scale model was like a trip down memory lane watching the tantrums and frustration, but a huge sense of achievement once the finished product was achieved.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Designing Radio Control Model Aircraft

It is probably safe to say that everyone involved in this hobby (aircraft modelling) has dreamt of some really cool model airplane designs.  I've had ideas for glow engine powered FrisbeesTM, a canard sort of thing with a sleek migrating bird shaped fuselage and an inverted gull wing having twin ducted fans in pods slung underneath, a Bücker Triplane and a lot of things I can't remember.

The Frisbee thing may not work out but I once tried bolting a Cox .049 to the center of one.  It was a resounding failure that revolved slowly all the way to the ground.  The rest of the designs could be made to fly but I may never build them.

Most of my designs that I've built have flown.  My early attempts were not stellar examples of anything other than what can be produced by a fledgling modeler with flawed design ideas.  Nevertheless, I've always found designing model aircraft to be enjoyable.  I have no interest in advanced aerodynamics so I do what many others do — live by rules of thumb, learn from experience and apply the laws of aerodynamics that I do know and understand.

If any of my designs were ever subjected to wind-tunnel testing I would probably not be pleased by the results.  I'm sure my designs have aerodynamic flaws that I don't know about.  But that's why I don't care.  I've learned a lot over the years and I'm very pleased with how my models fly for the most part.

Regardless of my lack of expert aerodynamic knowledge, I design most of my own R/C aircraft simply for the reason that it's fun and I can do anything I want.  I began designing my own models because I had wood lying around that needed something done with it and I figured I'd try my hand at it.

I continued to design models because at the time kits weren't all that great.  Most of them were poorly die-cut and often the wood was warped, too heavy or had other defects.  Now I design because I enjoy it and to have models that are unique and are purpose-designed to do what they do better than anything commercially available.

Scale Model Airplanes - Buying and Assembling Scale Models

A scale model is actually a copy or a representation of an item or object that is smaller or larger as compared to its actual or original size. Mostly, it is a smaller representation and serves as a guide to the original object. Scale model airplanes are an archetypal example. There are many reasons why a scale model is made. It serves as a prototype and is used to test the performance of the object in its initial developmental stages. Architects use them as a display model for customers to evaluate and purchase the real object. Salesmen use them for the purpose of new product promotion.

Wood, plastic and paper are generally used to create a scale model. Scale model airplanes are of two types: static and flying. The former is generally made of plastic. However, metal, paper and wood also make good models. Military aircraft and commercial airliners are the most common scale models in this type. The number of manufacturers of the static type has dwindled today as compared to the 1970s and the popular scales are 1:144, 1:72 (the highest), 1:48, 1:32 and finally 1:24.

Static aircraft modelling includes kit assembly, scratch building and finally a collection or repertoire of ready-made models. When it comes to craftsmanship and skill, scratch building deserves the highest repute. Accuracy and keenness to details are important skills here and scratch builders take more time than kit assemblers. Kit assemblers could either assemble from the materials available in the box or make use of additional items purchased to render functionality and dimension to the airplane. Collectors on the other hand, focus on the issue of theme and not on personal construction.

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Aircraft modelling essentials

Scale Model Aircraft Building an Overview and Details of the Hobby

When the Wright brothers realized their initial successful flight in the early 1900's, the entire world was altered. At last, it was proven that man could soar like the birds! That primary airplane wasn't perfect and the flight was not very long, but this was incredible! Ever since, millions of people have flown millions of miles around the globe.

Aircraft modelling became a common hobby not long after the first real planes were built. Enthusiasts from all social classes, yound and old and income levels participated. Early scale model makers were fascinated with the Wright Bro's and had to be a part of it all.

In the beginning, there were no model plane model kits on the market and the complete model had to be made by hand. Though quite simple in design, these early models really had the ability to fly! As time when by, flying machine kits were developed for home hobbiest to assemble. The early kits were sparse and only included basic parts, but no power source. Most used twisted rubber strips and could only fly short amounts of time.

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