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BUILDING YOUR PLANE

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SUMMARY - Equipment; Adhesives; Building; Radio Installation; Hints;

 

Building Board

Equipment

Glue - dont use CA on foam

Pins

 

Wings with joiners vs wings permanently joined. This will depend in your transport and storage arrangements. A single wing can be stronger and lighter but may be more prone to "hanger rash", ie damage at home or in transport. This is therefore a matter of personal preference.

I like a flat centre section with removable outer panels.

 

Installing the radio gear

In theory this should be quite simple, but there are often some challenges and having your mentor help you along can be of value. Feel free to bring your plane to the field and ask fellow fliers for advice.

Before leaving the workshop

The wings - MUST be symmetrical - ie both the same, without being twisted like a propeller. It is common to have BOTH wings (but not just one) raised about 3mm at the rear outer tip. This is called "washout" and helps reduce tip stalling (ie where the plane stalls and then dives off to the side). Place the wings on a bench or stool and stand back and view them from the front and the back.

The Point of Balance or Centre of Gravity (COG) must be in accordance with the plan. This will be between the leading and trailing edge of the wing, usually a third of the way back from the leading edge. If this is wrong, your plane will be difficult or impossible to control. (See Trimming Your Plane article on this site for more inforation.)

Check the tailplane is straight, that nothing can flop around inside to cause damage or upset the centre of gravity and is secure in the event of a hard landing

Also check that everything else is working - all control surfaces (with the correct amount of travel as per the plan and NO sloppiness in the connections) are okay and moving smoothly.

Check left is left really is going to make the plane go left and right is right. With the Sticks and the Trims on your transmitter set at mid point (neither left nor right/up nor down) the control surfaces (rudder and elevator) should also be at mid point.

Ensure your batteries are FRESH. Now TURN OFF your RECEIVER FIRST and THEN YOUR TRANSMITTER. (Never have your receiver on with your transmitter off as a nearby transmitter may cause your servos to wind around more than the setup in your model was designed for.)

But don't go turning your transmitter on AT THE FIELD until you have frequency clearance!!

 

FLYING WINGS

All the hints and building tips for flying wing are contained in the Review of the Zagi Flying Wing article on this site

WHEN YOU'VE BUILT IT YOU CAN....  LEARN TO FLY.

 

 

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