You hear about it and you read about it, and if you build enough rc airplanes, you will experience it too. Making mistakes when building a part for your model airplane is inevitable. As sure as CA glue will cure to your skin in less than a second, you can be assured that you will miss a step when building your next radio control airplane.
Now that we have established this, the real question is, what do we do about it?
Well, lucky for you, I just made a mistake while building the center section for my beechcraft bonanza’s wing and now you can see what not to do. I was moving along and making good progress and was not taking my time and thought that I could do no wrong. My clue should have been that it was one o’clock in the morning, never a good time to build, let this be a lesson to all of you out there (you know who you are ).
My mistake is your gain. Now if you encounter a similar prediciment, you will now how to solve the problem.
Here is what happened….
I have placed my ribs on top of the basswood main spar on my plans and slid the plywood spar web over them. They were laid out perfectly to the plans, so I proceeded to the next steps, gluing on the leading edge doubler and the trailing edge center spar web. I took the time to clamp all the parts down, aligned everything to the plans and began gluing it all together, feeling confident in my handiwork. This is where things went oops.
Soon after finishing gluing everything in, I found that I had not sanded the slots for the dowel doublers. Unfortunately, I couldn’t simply unglue everything and start over. Instead I needed a plan to make it work.
Here is the solution…
As with any rc airplane building project, you will come across an obstacle that no instruction manual will help you with, and most likely no book on building rc planes either. There are just too many circumstances that come about when building a rc plane (or anything for that matter). The best solution is…experience. When you have built enough model airplanes, you develop an arsenal of tricks to get yourself out of big messes (and you will get into some big messes).
Anyway, watch the video below to see how I figured out a simple way to get back on track with building my beechcraft bonanza rc plane.