NOTE: Unfortunately I finished my aircraft shortly before beginning this instructable so I decided to make Diagrams of the steps involved. also this is my first instructable so guys, please be polite in the comments section. Thanks in advance.
This is what I consider to be an Easy-Intermediate build on account of the Aluminium parts involved so I would recommend this build to somewhat experienced aero-modellers. Hope you guys enjoy building this wonderful aircraft like I did. The original plans to the S.P.A.D. GNAT are available here (http://spadtothebone.net/freeplans.htm) and I take no credit for the original plans. What I have here is a heavily spliced and somewhat simplified version of the GNAT. Also the plane's dimensions have been altered along with some building steps. It is built for power and is more heavier than conventional foam or balsa planes. I take no responsibility for any damages or injuries resulting from attempting to build this plane due to carelessness, negligence or otherwise. Have fun building this Plane but also do keep safety in mind, especially when using drills, saws and blades. Let's get started then, shall we?
UPDATE: I just went to my local Hobby Club and they told me that there were a couple of problems with MY plane... Here's what the upgraded SPAD looks like... I've lso rechristened this instructable based on the color scheme of the plane. A drone is a male bee and bees are yellow and black. Also, being my first plane I decided to make it an 'experimental' aircraft so voila! The Drone 0.1
Step 1: What You Need...
-Corrugated Plastic, aka COROPLAST sheets, width 2-3mm length: Greater than 32", Width: Greater than 20".
-Aluminium 'U'-Channel of dimensions 3/4"x1/2"x1/2"x24".
-Small section of aluminium 'V'-Channel of dimensions 1 1/2"x1 1/2"x1 1/2". Cut it as shown in the diagram.
-Carbon fibre dowel 32" long and thin enough to insert into the coroplast sheet.
-Control horns, Pushrods, Clevies (for flight control).
-2mm width screws with (Optional) corresponding bolts and washers.
-Small 1mm by 10mm-thick strip of aluminium no shorter than 12".
-(Optional) Hinge tape for aircraft control surfaces or hinges.
-An old wire hanger. Not a rusted one mind you.
-Lots of zip-ties.
-Transmitter and bound receiver at least 4-channels.(In some countries like Qatar, you may require a licence to operate a Radio Transmitter. please check your local radio guidelines and laws).
-4 Servos between 15g and 20g.
-50g OUTRUNNER motor with a kV rating of 1000 or above.
-Corresponding Electronic Speed Controller or ESC as they are better known.
-Lithium Polymer or LiPo Battery, 11.1V, Greater than or equal to 100mah(refer to motor requirements)
-8" to 10" Propeller with all necessary attachments to fix it to your motor.
-Electrical tape and preferably Heat shrink tubing.
And here are the tools required
-2mm Drill bit. With a drill of course.
-Not a Tool but also required: CA Glue or more commonly known as Super Glue.
Step 2: Note: Working With Coroplast
What is Coroplast?
Coroplast aka Coroflute or Corrugated Plastic is a material similar in structure to corrugated Cardboard. Made out of Plastic of course.
Flute: The long tubes that seemingly seem to run down the length of the Coroplast sheet.
Opening a Flute: (Observe the diagram).
Oh and while cutting the sheets of coroplast, please DO use a Ruler.
Step 3: The Wing
Diagram 2: Open flutes as shown. make the shown cuts to give shape to your ailerons.
Diagram 3: Give shape to the wing as shown. Insert Hanger wires bent to a linear 'U' shape with the base being flat.
Step 4: Tail and Horizontal Stabilizer
Step 5: Another Note: Different Coloured Flaps and Fins
Only tape ONE side of the wing to avoid aileron stiffness.
Step 6: But What About That Aluminium?
The U-Channel becomes the Fuselage while the V-Channel becomes the motor Firewall. the two holes drilled in the motor mount's backside should correspond to the two holes drilled on the aluminium channels's front.
Step 7: Assembly
Step 8: Electronics Incoming!
The remaining control horns must be as close to the aluminium fuselage as possible.
Once everything has been installed such that the aircraft is perfectly balanced and it's centre of gravity is exactly 3" behind the leading edge of the wing.
Step 9: Landing Gear
Step 10: Oh No! Another Note: Safety With Lithium Polymer Batteries
Step 11: Done! Now Yet Another Note on Safety...
And now... to TESTING!
Step 12: *Gasp... "IT'S ALIVE!"