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Styling a Mugi Coroplast RC Plane

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This instructable will show you how to use colored packing tape to style a coroplast RC plane. Coroplast is a twinwall polypropylene fluted plastic kind of like corrugated cardboard except made of plastic.

This was my first Mugi style attempt and it took me about five hours including the time to photograph, expect a 10 hour commitment over a few days though. I've since added tape to the bottom of the model to make it easier to see in the air. The coroplast I used is translucent so LEDs can be added for night flying. It is possible to find all colors of coroplast but watch out for the thickness, get it too thick and it will be heavier and will require a larger model. I used 2mm coroplast I bought from the Mugi people.

If you are interested in Mugi planes check out mugi.co.uk, they are super helpful and cool to deal with. There is also a strong community of friendly people willing to help out with questions you might have. Search for them on Yahoo groups.

This is my first RC plane and although it is hard to fly it's darn near indestructible. I bit it hard from 300 feet and the Mugi stuck nose down in the dirt. It was ready to fly again as soon as I pulled it out of the ground! My first time out I crashed it so many times my motor shaft bent but the plane was fine. Get lots of extra props, they seem to break easily.
 
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Step 1: Create a Design

Using your favorite graphics program create a design. Make sure the color pallet you use matches the tape colors you are able to find. I ordered my tape online from FastPack and got a roll each of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, and white for about 20 bucks. Make sure you are using packing tape as other tapes are thicker and add weight to your plane model. Make sure you are not using duct tape! It is not suitable for coloring a Mugi.
ms103 months ago
Is using carbon fiber or fiberglass a viable option for building material
FURAT SUBHI4 years ago

How This Thing Can To Fly!

toywizard4 years ago
I build my Delta wing planes out of Deprom. Have you tried that material?
The planes I built out of coroplast turned out heavy.

Nice job on the design!!!!
Rudes4 years ago
Must of missed something ? Did you stick the packing tape on the other side of your printed paper (cardboard) then cut it out and it then becomes a sticker like a bought one with backing?
bowmaster5 years ago
Where did you get the plane?
amandayuli5 years ago
cool
allen2395 years ago
where did you by it it is awsom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
black shark5 years ago
I talked to the person who makes these Mugis. He said that they have been clocked at 109 mph. Wow!
bigpinecone6 years ago
nice! how's the plane fly? i have a few airframes to go through with my gear before i could build one, and i don't like delta's or flying wings that much, but it looks like fun. also will it fly with an e-flite park 400 inrunnor or outrunner(i have both) and a loong max 1300 3s?
neoJunk (author)  bigpinecone6 years ago
Yeah that should fly great! Check out the Mugi site at www.mugi.co.uk for plans and a lot of info. Also check out the Mugi group on yahoo groups, its a kick ass resource. If you search on youtube there are a bunch of videos of Mugis which should give you a good idea of how they fly
awesome! i think i'll stop building for a while(running out of room lol) and fly my PZ p-51 and the slo-v. i have a new plane that i call the combat-cat, but i dunno how it flies. we'll hopefully see on sunday!
neoJunk (author)  bigpinecone6 years ago
I'd love to see a coroplast combat plane! I bet it would be deadly. I love this material, it's tough as hell. I think it my be too heavy for small plane builds though. What size is your fighter? Is it foam? Post some pics if you've got 'um. My local flying field is like a combat zone. Last Saturday I saw a warbird hit a flying wing a few hundred feet up - the pieces floated down like confetti for about 5 minutes – nasty!
well it ain't coroplast... i dunno where to get it. i built it out of a (yes, one) piece of dollar store foamboard and some bamboo skewers. 30"wingspan. flies AWESOME!!!!! we didn't go flying on sunday, but i did get to fly it on monday. man whitish/grey skies and a white plane don't mix. all i could see was the elevator servo.pretty scary but fun none the less. oh yeah, IT'S FREAKING FAST!!!!!!!!!!! it probably does 70 on a full throttle pass. i might as well make an instructable on it. about the midair, that's why warbirds are so much fun!!! do you have an RCgroups account?
Yep. You can use your outrunner. The more power, the better.
liam23176 years ago
Now, how do you build the plane? ; )
neoJunk (author)  liam23176 years ago
Haha! Not my design I assure you. Check out the Mugi site
gwingate296 years ago
The guy who made this kick ass plane must be totally sexy!!
neoJunk (author)  gwingate296 years ago
Yeah he is ;)
hdsrob6 years ago
spadworld.net has an entire collection of coroplast designs (traditional winged as well as deltas) ... the group there have been building them since the late 90's. there are tons of information, and most of the plane can be build for a couple of $ (minus the electronics). Without the spad planes I would never have made it through teaching myself to fly rc.... Nice writeup.
hdsrob hdsrob6 years ago
Forgot to add a link to the old spad site that has great pics of buildups, and plans
http://www.spadtothebone.com/freeplans.htm
neoJunk (author)  hdsrob6 years ago
SpadToTheBone is a great resource. I learned a lot about simple plastic airplane design on that site while I was deciding what to build. Thanks for the link!
bumsugger6 years ago
Congrats NeoJunk,a very thorough and well thought out,not to say presented,instructable.Brilliant !!
lasersage6 years ago
If you're breaking a lot of props, search google for wobbly prop adapter, it basically involves a couple of nubs protruding from a motor shaft mounted spindle, then a thick rubber o-ring loops round the prop to these. I have one on a flying wing pusher style, similar to this. I've only ever broken one prop since installing it, when the prop hits the ground it just 'wobbles' off to one side, reset it and you're ready to fly again!
Love the designs and I feel for you if you did all that with an X-acto. Great stuff!
wow that must've taken LOTS of patience..i wouldve just gotten lazy and taped the whole thing up!
WOW! Amazing job! The designs are awesome, it looks sweet! This is a great Instructable, great pictures, good detail, awesome idea, basically nothing is wrong, awesome job! +1 rating.
My thought exactly, plus a thank you for sharing. Well done!
Shifrin6 years ago
Those are some pretty cool designs! -Alex
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