Building A RC Airplane Fuselage. Building RC Planes

Ok, I am in the midst of building the fuselage for my beechcraft bonanza rc plane. As I mentioned before, this is a continuing saga of what goes into building a rc airplane from a box of wood parts to a completed model. I will try to be as detailed as possible about building an rc airplane with so many parts, but remember that this is a work in progress…

The photos shown here will give you some idea of where I am at in the buildng process… 

As you can see in the gallery I have completed the fuselage (in this case the bonanza fuselage was contructed using plywood formers to build the frame). This is joined with 3/16 square balsa joiners. I must say that for this rc plane, it was a joy to use my styrofoam sheet to build the fuselage on simply because I needed an extra long building surface.   This model required the use of fabricated balsa sheets to cover the sides. These sheets were made using 3/16″ thick planks that were then glued together to create one large 12 inch by 36″ balsa plank.

If you look at the pictures you will also see that I began installing the servos for the rudervators. Because this rc airplane is a bonanza, it could be built with either a vtail or a conventional tail. I chose the vtail and have finished with installing it to the tail.

When it comes time to build a fuselage for a rc plane there are several key important aspects to consider before beginning building. Ifyou are a beginner builder of rc airplanes you will want to know these…

Things To Always Think About When Building RC Airplane Fuselages (great tips for building rc model airplanes for beginners or advanced builders).

  1. Set up your building surface to be as flat as possible for the fuselage sides. Also, are you building a rc airplane fuselage from balsa frames, or are you going to be using plywood formers? It makes a difference. Balsa frames are usually built one on top of another.  Plywood former frames for radio control airplanes are not, they are usually built like a wing, in that they are sectioned on your plans and then joined with some type of joiners.
  2. Always level and make sure your pieces are vertical and flat.
  3. Never glue any joint fully until after you have successsfully finished a series of steps. You will find that the fit is not perfect and may need to be readjusted. Save yourself from gluing permanately until after you have verified that it all fits together well.
  4. Measure twice and cut once when getting ready to fit parts for your model airplane fuselage.
  5. Think for yourself. What I mean by this is, don’t get caught up in the instructions. If you look at how a rc airplane is built and understand what each part is supposed to do, you will do a better job than just following each step exactly. I have never seen a kit that contained a set of instructions that was absolutely clear for building rc airplnaes from start to finish.

Well that is it for now. I will post again when I complete the next phase of my rc builing project.  Let me know what you would like to see and what you would like to read about as well. Your input makes this much more worthwhile.

About Carl Baer

I am a rc airplane guy, have been for almost 30 years and I grew up around rc airplanes. My dad built them and I used to watch him build, then we built together and then I built my own. I love to build rc planes and see what modifications I can make to create a real scale and functional look to the finished plane. This love, turned into this blog to share my experiences with model airplane building.

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