Make RC Planes Using A4 Size Papers




About: I love making and flying RC planes.

This tutorial is about making of an RC plane of which body is made of Paper. This is a lightweight and flyable plane. Doing this project would enhance understanding of the strength of plane. This project does not offer an alternate material to make RC planes that can work as good as conventional material.

In this video, I tried to explain overall plane:

long and boring video on making:

Step 1: Material Required:

Following is the list of material and link where you can find it:


  • paper cutter
  • geometric toolbox

Step 2: Making Building Block: Triangle Section Sticks

During this project, I made 3 planes in total. these triangle cross sections were the building block of all of them.

The side of these triangle sections is 5mm in size. for better strength, it is better to have the higher number of small-sized sticks. but making high numbers of sticks takes more effort and sticking these smaller sticks is also difficult. Where the bigger size of the sicks cannot take load very well.

the process to make :

  • do marking 5mm apart on paper,
  • do crease cut on first 3 lines to fold it easily and cut it over the fourth line,
  • fold it into the triangle shape and stick it by one side,

follow making the video for better understanding.

by stacking these sections multiple ways different strength and shape can be achieved as per requirement.

Step 3: Making Complete Body:

The denser structure would always better in term of strength. so within the fuselage and wing, I tried to increase the number of load taking members.
after making skeleton it is covered with paper. covering the complete plane with paper is not necessary. the only wing needs to be covered with paper but covering fuselage would improve its strength and stiffness. Even during testing this plane it damaged slightly only where it was not covered.

The complete making process is shown in making the video.

Step 4: Preparing Control Surfaces and Electronics:

Elevator and rudder are made of paper and connected to the plane with paper hinges.

For actuation of control surfaces, Wltoys receiver is used. this receiver has 2 inbuilt servo motors and a brushed ESC that can control a coreless motor. This receiver board is compatible with FlySky receiver. electronics was installed with hot glue.

Here is the process to bind Reciever with flysky tx.

  • Turn on tx with by pressing bind button,
  • connect Rx to the battery,
  • restart Tx,
  • done.

Step 5: Making Flying Wing:

I tried to fly the plane, but control was not very good. So I made a wing. It has better and stiffer structure. Here elevator-aileron mix needs to apply on the wing.

Flying of the video can be found in the attached video.

Testing and flying wing:

• Setting CG is very important in RC plane.
• For conventional plane it is quite easy, 30%(of wing size) from the front end of the wing is a good starting point to accurately set the CG.
• for flying wing CG can be calculated by Online calculators available.
• for the first time is recommended to have a glide test and then increase it gradually over 4-5 flights.



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    10 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Shouldn't Step 5 be named: "Making Flying Wing"?

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    1 year ago

    Can the receiver be bound to any transmitter, or do I have to purchase an F949 plane to get the transmitter?

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    Reply 1 year ago

    I have tested with flysky tx and working good. but you need to bind every time you start.


    1 year ago

    Bravo sir, Bravo. I have flow RC aircraft for years and even taught RC flying to tons of people. If you go with a two channel setup like your first plane using rudder and elevator, you would help it fly better with more wing dihedral to the main wing section. If you go to two channels using ailerons and elevator, you can straighten the wings out some, but only if you know how to already fly RC aircraft. The dihedral helps beginning out a lot. And once you do get the plane built, check both the CG of the plane. It should be around the thickest portion of the main wing. Also check the balance point laterally. Balance it as close to level as you can get. And then weight the aircraft and see what the wing loading is. Nice project however it works out. As with most any sheet material, once you bend it, it gets more rigid and less flexible. Just physics.. Thumbs Up!

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    Reply 1 year ago

    thanks sir for the words,
    i will keep it in mind while making next paper plane.


    Reply 1 year ago

    as first plane didnt flied well i switch my design to wing of which i do not have enough photo or video. so overall tutorial is bit discountinuus.


    1 year ago

    Wow I watched the video from start to finish, I bet there aren't many people who would have the patience to make something like this, really well done you make it look so simple.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    thanks, i took time but building that plane was a fun.