Basics of RC Model Aircraft Design

Basics of RC Model Aircraft Design

Basics of RC Model Aircraft Design

No matter how much experience you have with modelling, this insightful book is sure to become a valuable and often-referenced part of of your RC library. Authored by respected model aircraft designer and flier, Andy Lennon, this book is a goldmine of practical guidance, hints and tips that will guarantee your scratch-building and model-customizing success and help you complete nearly any project that's still sitting on your workbench. From aerodynamics to structures and control surfaces, Basics of RC Model Aircraft Design provides concise, practical solutions and an understanding of why they work. With easy-to-understand graphs and charts, this comprehensive introduction to the intriguing world of model aerodynamics will be helpful to the new or seasoned designer.


  • Itroduction
  • Airfoil Selection
  • Understanding Airfoils
  • Understanding Aerodynamic formulas
  • Wing Loading Design
  • CG Loading and the Balancing Act
  • Horizontal Tail Design
  • Horizontal Tail Incidence and Downwash Estimating
  • Vertical Tail Design and Spiral Stability
  • Roll Control Design
  • Weight Distribution in Design
  • Improve Performance by Reducing Drag
  • Stressed-Skin Design and Weight Estimating
  • Design for Flaps
  • NASA "Safe Wing"
  • Landing-Gear Design
  • Ducted-Cowl Design
  • Propeller Selection and Estimating Level Flight Speeds
  • Design for Aerobatics
  • High-Lift Devices and Drag Reduction
  • Centrifugal Force and Maneuverability
  • Canards, Tandem-Wing and Three-Surface Design
  • Tailless Airplane Design
  • Hull and Float Design
  • Basic Proportions for R/C Aircraft Design
  • Construction Designs
  • Appendix
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