Planning ahead

It’s always good to plan ahead when you are building anything.  In a lot of cases you lose access to certain parts when you glue other parts on top of them.  Here’s a list of the very basic things that you might want to remember.

  • Drill for your wing retaining dowel before you install the windshield (or chin block on a low-winger.)
  • Seal the wood on the inside of the nose section before installing the fuel tank and radio.
  • Decide what kind of push rods you are using, and lay out their locations before closing the fuselage tail section.
  • Drill your firewall for nose gear block, engine mount, and control cables, and install the blind nuts on the inside, before attaching it to the fuselage.
  • Plan the vertical placement of your servos and mark the inside of the fuselage sides for mounting rails before assembling the fuselage.
  • Cover the tail surfaces and fuselage with Monokote before gluing them all together.
  • Decide whether you want to mount the wing with rubber bands or bolts before you start putting it together.
  • If using rubber bands to mount the wings, drill the holes in the fuselage sides for the dowels before assembling the fuselage.
  • If using a receiver with a long antenna, install an antenna tube before closing up the fuselage.
  • Install dihedral braces before installing top wing sheeting.
  • It’s a lot easier to handle a short part than a long one while you’re sanding the wing tips, so build your wing tips before joining the two halves.
  • To avoid laying out your plans and picking them up repeatedly, cut out the parts all at once, then put them together all at once.

I’m sure there are a lot more items to put on this list.  If I think of more good ones I’ll add them.  If you have any suggestions, send them to me in an email and I’ll add the ones that seem like a good idea.