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.