Get the right RC Plans for your RC building Project!
RC plans are the instructions or the blue prints that accompany all RC Kits that you purchase from the store. RC plans are slightly different from your regular instruction manuals in that they provide you with the dimensions of the parts, without actually providing parts that are pre-cut. In a manner of speaking, RC plans provide you with the guidelines to create RC models from scratch.
RC plans were actually the first method developed to create RC models, even before commercial manufacturing companies took up the genre. Since the first time ever, when Marconi demonstrated his 'magic boat' in front of an audience, till date, RC plans have formed the backbone of this technique. RC models, even in organized manufacturing companies, begin the build process on the drawing board in the shape of RC plans. These blue prints are required to enforce proper guidelines, which if followed, will result in a worthy radio controlled model.
On a commercial scale, these RC plans are simpler so as to allow mass production. The settings and configurations of each part are mentioned in detail in the RC plan, while ensuring that duplication of the finished part is simple. For e.g. if the wing size is meant to be at a ratio of 2:1 with the body size of an RC Plane, then using the ratio, manufacturers can determine the most appropriate size of the wings so as to minimize the wastage of the raw material used to create it. Similarly, other parts RC Manufacturers require similar guidelines to allow mass production of commercially available RC Toys & models.
All RC kits available in the market come with detailed instruction manuals to allow you to put the model together. However, if you are someone who is into building RC models from raw materials, for e.g. by cutting out Balsa wood frames yourself, or building the engine & motor from scratch, then RC plans are just the things you need. They provide detailed instructions on the dimensions of each part and the material best suited for it. They also provide details on the electronics aspect of RC models while teaching you how to build a motor, an engine or even a radio transmitter/receiver from square one.
Nowadays, many RC plans are available on the Internet and for newcomers, there are software that allow you to scale up, or down, the dimensions given in an RC plan so as to create the model in a size you desire. Normally, RC Aircraft are the easiest to build from RC plans due to their relatively simpler shapes. Building the more complex structure of RC Cars is rather difficult and requires more experience in cutting and shaping the raw materials as described in the RC plan. Similarly, creating an RC Boat requires a greater knowledge of the science behind boats to ensure water-worthiness of the model.
Normally, Balsa wood is the preferred raw material in most RC plans. This is mainly due to their durability and ease to cut with tools that are readily available. If you have the equipment, then plastic and fibre glass can also be used depending on the model you choose to build. Similarly, the size and performance of the engines is also left totally to you although, to change the performance and size, you would require deeper knowledge in electronics (for Electric RC models) or in engineering (for RC gas or RC Nitro Models). Radio receivers/transmitters are readily available in the market, as are engines and body frames, but if you were someone who were going to buy it in the first place, then you would probably not be delving into RC plans.
RC plans take the art of building RC models to a totally different level, one that is even higher than building through RC Model Kits. To build an RC model from scratch, the suggested path to follow would be to gain knowledge of the materials, their limits, their working; then to get the right tools, and finally to get your hands on the required RC plans.