Rc Foam

RC Foam models are not only one of the easiest models to fly, but they are also the easiest to make yourself at home. Yes, they do not look as real as an RC model, but they are definitely no less fun. RC foam models can be created from scratch, right in your own home. Made from materials easily available in local markets, building & flying RC foam models are fun for individuals as well as for parents looking to spend some quality time with their family.

Although commercial RC models have been in existence since the 1960s, there has been a major change in the market status with the advent of new technology and cheaper components. While on one hand, prices of RC models fell drastically, their variety rose immensely. From boats to cars to planes and even robots, RC models have covered almost all types of moving vehicles. Foam models were more commonly used as slingshot-gliders. These models would be built to glide without any engine, mainly due to the initial propulsion from a catapult. With time, these foam gliders became more sturdy and are now available with electric motors.

Since foam is quite soft and available mainly in sheets, it is only used in making airplanes. These RC foam models are light weight and thus, easy to fly. They are easy to make at home and all they require is some raw materials, which are easily available at any local store selling craft materials. These models are extremely maneuverable and can also withstand hard landings due to their single structure. RC foam models are excellent for novices looking for a cheap way to get involved into the world of radio controlled toys and models.

The first step towards starting with RC foam models is to get your hands on one. You can go out to any toy store and pick one up off the shelves but, the more exciting thing would be to build your own. Not only do you get to use your hands to create something that gives you pleasure, you also get to spend some quality time with your children. If you have no children, then it is equally rewarding to build one of these and then watch your creation take to the skies.

Everything you need to build your RC foam models is available in stores everywhere. All you need is foam, the electronics and finally, some other supplies that include things like a carbon fibre rod, glue sticks, needle-nose pliers, soldering iron and some rubber bands, amongst other things. Everything is available in any toy, craft or hobby stores near you. The radio transmitter and receiver, along with a servo, is probably the most expensive thing you will buy and even then, a 6-channel set will set you back by about a couple of hundred dollars or so.

The first step towards building an RC foam model is to mark and cut the shape of the plane out on the foam. Long wings, nose and tail make for easy glider-like flying however if you want the plane to be more maneuverable, then definitely go in for a shorter length on the above three details. After markings for the entire plane is complete, you need to cut it out of the foam sheet. If you are making a small plane, then a single sheet might be enough for the entire plane, however, a bigger plane will need a few more sheets of foam. Once the parts are cut, all you need to do is put them in together. Although you do get manuals on building RC foam models, you can also use the internet as a reliable source for instructions.

Putting the parts together is the best part as slowly, you can see your plane take shape in front of your eyes. To start with, you need to use the Carbon fibre rods as a support for the wings. These rods make them strong and sturdy enough to withstand wind without twisting out of shape. Then come other parts such as the fuselage, the control surfaces and the elevators that need to be stuck in with glue.

If you like handling electronics, then the next steps will be interesting for you. The electric motor needs to be connected to the propeller and other parts such as the servo and the ESC, a process that may require you to solder the connections. A mount is created for the motor where it is placed and then you add in the control rods that will make the plane turn or rise/fall when in flight. The final part comes with the addition of the servos and the receiver and voila! Your RC foam airplane is ready to fly.

The best part of owning an RC foam model is that these planes can take hard landings better than most toy planes. Minor damage to the wings or to the body of the plane, even the electronics, can be immediately repaired with some tape and glue, right there in the park. As a result, your day of fun doesn't cease just because the plane landed badly. In case there have been too many hard landings, and the plane is not fit to fly, then you can just salvage the parts from the broken plane and build a brand new model. The range of the plane will depend on the range of the radio transmitter/receiver.

So the next time you want to spend some quality time with your kids, or just have an interesting crafts project as a hobby, think about RC foam models. All you need are the right tools and of course, the passion to fly your very own, home-made, RC foam model.

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