Introduction: RC Plane Build
I built this plane from an assembled chuck glider and RC parts I had at home. If you don't have the parts already, this project could get expensive, but if you want a flying plane you're going to have to spend a bit of money on it. When learning to fly any RC plane, be prepared for crashes and repairs. Have fun!
FX 707 chuck glider (requires assembly)
3S capable motor and ESC
Two 9 gram servos
Remote and receiver
Thin plastic (2-3mm)
2000mAh 3S LiPo
Small screws (probably m3 or m2)
Hot glue gun
Very sharp knife
Small screw driver
Step 1: Setting Up Your Control Surfaces
First, center your servos. Then make z bends in the push rods on both ends. Attach a servo horn to each end of the push rods. You may need to make the hole a little bigger with a drill or a knife. I usually just do it with my knife. Then glue one of the servo horns into the slot on the rudder. Cut a hole for the servo just in front of the rudder. Attach the servo horn as close to 90 degrees as possible to the push rod when the rudder is straight. Move your servo until the rudder is straight. I put my servo in a hole in the fuselage on it’s side but it is much easier just to glue it down on it’s side while the rudder is straight. Use a small screw driver to put the screw in the servo horn. The screw is provided with the servo. Then put a scrap piece of cardboard on the rudder to make it longer so you have more steering.
Repeat these steps but with the elevator instead of the rudder.
Step 2: Motor Mount
Start by getting two scrap pieces of plastic and cut them out so that one is 7cm by 4 cm and the other one is 8cm by 4cm. Glue them together at the top using hot glue so they make a v-shape. Then drill two holes in the longer plastic sheet near the top to mount your motor. You want your motor mounted as high up on it as possible. Use the small screw driver and screws to screw on your motor. You may need to put nuts on the other side. Glue your motor mount down on the back part of the plastic wing brace so that the propeller sticks out over the foam part of the plane but the motor mount is mounted on the plastic. Your motor should face in an upward angle slightly. This will help keep the plane level when flying.
Attach the propeller using the nose cone that should be provided with most motors and use the small screw driver to tighten it. There is a small hole to put the screw driver through to gain leverage to tighten it. Then if necessary, cut out part of the fuselage so that the propeller has room to spin freely without hitting it. Do not cut more than 2cm into the fuselage or it will make the plane weak. Then glue your ESC on the wing beside the motor mount where no wires will get hit by the propeller. Connect your ESC wires to the motor. If the motor spins the wrong direction, switch two of the wires and then it will spin the right direction.
Step 3: Battery Mounting
Cut out the battery tray in the front to make room for a larger battery if necessary. Then cut a slot in the side for the wires to come out. Attach Velcro to the top rear of the battery tray so that the top black cover does not fall off but can be removed.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
Glue the receiver where the ESC and servo wires can plug into it. Plug in the two servos and the ESC in the correct channels. It will depend on the remote. Glue any loose or dangling wires to the side of the plane with a dab of hot glue. Plug in the battery to the ESC with the remote on, then test all your functions. When you push down on the elevator stick the elevator should go up. When you push right on the rudder stick, the rudder should go right. Then you’re ready to fly!
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