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Download Free RC Airplane Plans

Learn about obtaining free plans for electric model airplanes

Flying smaller radio control model airplanes has become very popular over the past few years. The recent and rapid introduction of affordable, high quality and well flying micro RC model airplanes has made indoor flying a reality for the sport RC pilot.

The vast majority of RC pilots purchase one of the Ready to Fly models, such as the ParkZone Cessna 210 or Ember. For those interested in true indoor 3D acrobatic flight, the ready to fly E-Flight 4-Site four channel biplane will do any stunt you wish right out of the box. It truly is an amazing time in the electric RC airplane hobby.

To fully enjoy indoor RC flying, consider building a model plane one of the free RC plane plans available on various websites. A quick Google search will reveal a variety of free RC plane plans of model airplane designs of varying quality and ease of construction. If you would like to assure success with a micro model made from RC plane plans, download the Finch CAD plan set. The Finch is a three channel model airplane made from a set of full size CAD plans. The Finch builds quickly using normal building materials of balsa and plywood.

Free RC plane plans

Finch RC airplane plan

Finch rear view

Best of all, the Finch plan is designed specifically for the ParkZone line of geared electric motors and miniature electronics. When ParkZone first came out with their Cessna 210 and Ember RFT RC airplanes modelers rushed to use the motor and electronics for their own designs.

These early versions of ParkZone RTF models used small electric motors that did not provide much thrust. This miniature power package worked fine with the very light weight first generation airplanes such as the Ember, but did not provide enough thrust for a typical home made model.

The ParkZone folks continued their development work and came out with the next generation of RTF foam micro RC flyers, featuring airplanes like the P-51 and FW-190. These larger World War II scale models flew faster than the Cessna 210 and Ember, and required more powerful engines.


Tim with Finch airplane

Tim holding the Finch

These bigger electric motors are ideally suited for aircraft like the Finch. The plans show all details of the installation of the ParkZone geared motor, 120 milliamp lipo battery, and a “brick” composed of an electronic speed control, receiver and two servos all in one unit.

The Finch has a generous wing area that is combined with a minimal lightweight structure. CA thick glue is used to save weight. In short, you can be assured of flight success if you obtain a set of these plans for your version of the Finch.

Build the Snapper and Chickadee

Another original RC plane design available for download is of the Snapper. The Snapper is a three channel RC model that can be flown outside under calm wind conditions. The Snapper’s plans will need to be enlarged to full size. This enlargement can easily be accomplished at your local copy center.

The Snapper is the subject of my TurboCAD training CD. On the training CD, you can view close to three hours of a narrated demonstration of TurboCAD. You will go from a “clean sheet of paper” to the completed Snapper design. The basis of the Snapper is the Yard Ace. I use the Yard Ace’s outline and moments to draw up the Snapper. The main change includes moving the Yard Ace’s cabin mounted wing to the Snapper’s low wing placement.

Chickadee RC airplane from plans

Chickadee with transmitter

The Chickadee is another free RC plane plan that is available when you purchase the 1912 Blackburn monoplane plan. The Chickadee is a great first time plans built RC model that has gentle flight characteristics.

The Blackburn uses the same general wing and tail areas and moments as the Chickadee, and provides an easy to build three channel semi-scale airplane with pleasing lines.

Spoke wheel on Chickadee RC plane

Spoke wheel on Chickadee RC plane

While not a free RC plane plan, you can take a look at a free instructional page on making your very own spoke wheels for RC model aircraft.

Spoke wheels usually take a lot of time to make, employing complicated jigs and specialized tools. A spoke wheel built from metal components is usually much heavier than can be used on your normal micro model airplane. The “lost jig” method of making spoke wheels, using thread for the spokes, can be successfully used by anyone to make convincing lightweight spoke wheels.

In conclusion, there are a variety of sources of free RC plane plans available on the internet. Do take a look at the Finch plans. You will have a lot of fun making this model!

Author: Gordon McKay

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