Construction Articles

Bell P-63 Kingcobra

The subject of this construction article is the Bell P- 63A Kingcobra, development of the P-39 Airacobra. The unusual design of the Aircobra was based around a 37mm mounted in the nose and firing through the propeller hub. This arrangement meant the engine had to be mounted behind the cockpit, driving the propeller by an eight foot (2.4m) long drive shaft into a gear case just behind the propeller hub.

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Stop-Give Way Delt Wing

Pushy Cat

Don't most people these days buy ARF models? And that is fine if you only want the standard type models, but if you would like something a little different then the only way to get that is either to build it yourself or pay to have it built.

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Stop-Give Way Delt Wing

Stop/give way delta wing

The start of any review of a build from plan project usually contains the same sort of subjects.

This one is no different!

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Stop-Give Way Delt Wing

lockheed p38 lightning (part 1)

lockheed p38 lightning (part 2)

This is a plan construction review of a 2 metre (78.75 inches) wingspan scale P38 lightning.

The guys in my club said that I would have forgotten how to scratch build a plane after spending so much time reviewing all those ARF's but just to show them that I could still do it, I thought I would tackle something that wasn't just your average plane.

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Dassault Mystere Falcon 20

Dassault mystere falcon 20

This IC powered Jet plane offers something a little out of the usual and some new building challenges.

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Dassault Mystere Falcon 20

Pilatus - turbo porter fun fly

I think this could be a good first scratch build model because the construction is fairly straightforward and reasonably easygoing.

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Pilatus Turbo Porter Fun Fly

MosQuito

The de Havilland DH98 Mosquito was the fastest, most versatile aircraft of WWII. It was used in roles of fighter, night raider, long range bomber, pathfinder and photo reconnaissance. With it's roots in racing aircraft, the de Havilland design team, lead by Geoffrey de Havilland constructed the Mosquito from wood, making it light yet strong.

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Misquito

Wingbat

After building the Coars-Air what would the next challenge from the design guys at Airborne be? Open the plan, lo and behold the back half of the plane is missing! What a novel looking piece of gear, it reminds me of control line flying wing days.

Ah well better get into it, and as usual to get something happening quickly, I’ll start on the wing. In fact if you don’t, you won’t get far as the fuselage is built onto the completed wing.

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Wingbat

Coars Air Fun Fly

Let me say at the outset, building a gull wing aircraft is an interesting experience and some thought needs to be put into planning the stages of construction, this article should help you through the process.

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Coars Air Fun Fly

felix

It can be a Sunday flyer or an all out 'ring it's neck' sportster.

A look at the plan shows this plane to have a deep, wide and rounded fuselage, slightly tapered wings with plenty of area. I do not believe this is a plane for you if this is your first scratch built project because of some of the building techniques needed, but it could be your second or third model.

Now that your interest is aroused, read on about the construction and flight performance.

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Felix

interavia sl-90

If you are after a sport scale model that is different from the run-of-the-mill aircraft and flies well then this may be the model for you.
Experienced modellers will have no trouble building this aircraft from the plans and will no doubt have their own favourite methods. For those with little experience this is the way I went about it.

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Interavia SL-90

BAC Strikemater

A 40 to 46 powered Sports Scale Prop-driven Jet.

The Strikemaster was one of the most successful light attack jets of its day and was still being produced into the 1970’s. They are still flying with some Air forces today.
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BAC Strikemaster

Aerobrat

The "AEROBRAT", a very attractive realistic looking model, easy to construct & very easy to fly, is aerobatic and also very forgiving, so let's get started.
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Aerobrat

Dream Bipe

Whether you call it a 'Dream Bipe' or 'Shear Magic' both describe it to a 'T'.

If you're a bi-plane freak, I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the lines of this new bipe.

A tiny plane with big performance.
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Dream Bipe

bo-fighter

A twin engined aircraft is something that a lot of modellers would like to try, but the expense and misery if something goes wrong holds many people back.

 Airborne's plan service offers a cheap way to overcome this problem. There is no lump sum output for parts and it sure works out cheaper than comparable sized kits. The simple building techniques used in the Bo-Fighter means that this plane goes together with ease. Flying is simple and with two reliable motors, the Bo-Fighter is a dream to fly.  
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Bo-Fighter Profile

PSS Vampire

De Havilland's Vampire was one of the first jet fighters to enter service after WW II. The diminutive jet aircraft was built in single and double seat versions for the RAF and was also built under license in several other countries including Australia. 

Airborne's semi-scale PSS (Powered Slope Soarer) Vampire is
based on the T Mk II, two seat variant. The model requires 2 channel radio for ailerons and elevator. Wing span is 1.24 metres: (49")."
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PSS Vampire

Bandicoot

The Bandicoot is a mid wing sport, aerobatic model with a fully symmetrical wing and is designed around a .35 to .40 size engine, it requires a four channel radio and has a fixed undercarriage. It was a breeze to build with a balsa/ply construction and a foam core wing. The motor is fully enclosed in a removable cowl which makes the model look very streamline.
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Bandicoot

Vee-Bee

The Vee-Bee is a model with different lines to conventional models and being reasonably small is easy to transport. It's easy to construct and is an ideal aircraft for someone who wants something different at the field and in their hanger.
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Vee-Bee

P51 mustang

A 1/6th Semi-Scale War-Bird

The Mustang stands as one of the pinnacle fighters of this era, being loved by all who have flown in them or had anything to do with this wonderful piece of history. When the Airborne team told me they had drawn up a new plan for the Mustang, I jumped at the opportunity to build it and do an evaluation and flight test on this "Cadillac of the skies".
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P-51 Mustang

Scriber

Scriber is a nice graceful looking aerobatic slope soarer of 1.83m span, with a "T" tail and shoulder mounted wing. Large control surfaces make for a very manoeuverable craft and the "T" tail and smooth lines makes for a real eye catcher.
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Scriber Glider

Canadair CL-215

The Canadair Water Bomber is a twin engined stand-off scale model. The full size version is used throughout North America and various other countries world wide. This fire bomber fills it's payload of water by skimming along the surface of the water while the inlet scoop is lowered forcing water up into it's tanks.
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Canadair CL-215

F/A-18 Hornet Part I
F/A-18 Hornet Part II

Get ready to read about one of the most exciting models, scratch built from a set of plans, that I've ever flown!
Well it's been a while since I've done a complete scratch built review for the Airborne Plan Service, and I can only say that the ARF's that have been coming my way for review have been great. But it's time to do some really serious building.

F/A-18 Hornet

Delstar

The Delstar is a cranked arrow delta wing that is striking, both in flight and on the ground. It represents an intermediate stop between traditional prop planes and ducted-fan or jet-turbine aircraft.

Delstar

Super-Drake

The Super Drake is a large, improved version of the original mini-Drake, first published in Airbourne magazine May-June 1984.
This prototype incorporated performance changes including an increased the wing size to seven feet

Super-Drake Glider

Roaring 40

Model design with a hint of nostalgia when racing monoplanes were the rage in the 1930's

Roaring 40

Voyager

The Voyager is a futuristic canard delta, it could quite well be the replacement for the FA-18 when the powers to be see this article. Having heard a lot about the flying attributes of canards I have been interested in having a go at flying one.

Voyager

De Havilland DH-88

The De Havilland DH88 Comet is a classic 1930's racing aircraft designed to carry two people. It had a maximum speed of 237 mph and even in model form is easily recognised. The prototype I have built is modelled on the winner of the McRobertson England to Australia air race of 1934 in its famous fire red and white colour scheme with the Grosvenor House lettering.

de Havilland DH-88 Comet

Rollason Beta

The Rollason Beta is a single seat sporting monoplane of all wood construction. It was the winning entry in a competition conducted by Rollason Aircraft and Engines in UK in 1964 which specified a design for a small racing aircraft.

The original version which flew in 1966 was powered by a 65hp continental engine giving the Beta a maximum speed of 265 km/h (165mph). Later versions used 90hp or 100hp engines.

Rollason Beta

Alien Saucer

Alien Saucer dispels any doubts about the existence of UFOs... this one's for real!

Scramble - - Alert. "Williamtown RAAF fighters go on alert! Strange sightings have been reported over Ash Island, Newcastle".

But wait, it's only a new design from Airborne being test flown. It's their Alien Saucer!

Alien Saucer

Tornado

The Tornado is a twin-engined, two-seat, supersonic aircraft, capable of fulfilling six major requirements. These are (a) close air support, (b) counter air strike, (c) air superiority, (d) air defence, (e) maritime strike, (f) reconnaissance. The versions in this model are the GR1 strike version (b), which was the first version to enter service with the RAF, Luftwaffe and Marinetlieger in 1979 and the GR1A reconnaissance version (t).

Tornado

Ninja Star

I thought up the Flying Star idea after learning about the "Most Unusual Model" event at the VMAA Trophy an interclub competition held annually in Victoria. The event usually attracts Flying Witches, Stop Signs, Flying Saucers, Porsches & even Flying Lawnmowers as well as a plethora of other non aeronautical devices. I reasoned that if any one of these objects could defy laws of gravity and the laws of Aerodynamics then a Flying 5 pointed star would be a definite possibility. After all, is not a Star a heavenly object ?

 

Ninja Star

Chapparel VI

The Chapparel is the latest in a line of thoroughbred designs which now conforms with the new 2 x 2 Pattern Aerobatic rules. Apart from the clean aerodynamic and well balanced lines, the aim of this design is to achieve the lightest weight structure to achieve the highest power to weight ratio possible.

Chapparel

Spitfire IX

It is 62 years since the first prototype flight in March 1936 of the world famous Spitfire. This remarkable aeroplane is almost immediately associated with the Battle of Britain, making the Spitfire one of the most modelled aeroplanes ever built.

Spitfire IX

Water Rat

The Water Rat is a very distinctive aircraft combining the looks of a pylon racer, sports aircraft and float plane all-in-one. We believe it is one of the most attractive planes available today. The long nose (if you can imagine it with exhaust stacks) even has an almost Spitfire-ish look. Even the floats have that "full size" look about them, giving the aircraft that more "realistic" look.

The Water Rat can easily be adapted to fly off terra firma as well (details shown on the plans).

Water Rat

Sonic Boom

Is it a jet? Is it a flying wing? Is it the US Navy's latest secret weapon? What is this dashingly different model that's emerged out of Airborne's design department?

It's SONIC BOOM and it's sure to create a "BIG BANG" at the model flying field. Don't be fooled by its complex looks. Sonic Boom is simple to build, can be powered by any .40 -.60 engine, requires 4 channel radio and is very easy to fly ... ... Sounds like the basic requirements for a sports trainer. There's nothing to fear.

Sonic Boom

YAK-52

The Yak 52 is a two seat aerobatic aircraft derived from the single seat, tail wheel Yak 50.. The Yak 50 was developed in the USSR during the mid 1970's and was a winner at the World Aerobatic Championships in Kiev in 1976.

Its strong, robust airframe powered by a huge radial engine made it possible to perform all manoeuvres with smooth precision.

Yak52

P-47 Thunderbolt

The Thunderbolt, commonly known as the "Jug", was one of the toughest and most successful single seat fighters of WWII.

It was designed as a rugged, heavily armed, long range fighter with a top speed of over 400mph.

P-47D Thunderbolt

Hot Dog

It's the hottest thing since sliced bread burning in the toaster! It's name says it all!

If flying conventional aircraft that perform in a conventional way it is not for you, try hot dogging your way around the sky with our latest Airborne plan. Easy to build ... a blast to fly!

Hot Dog

ME163 KOMET

In May 1944 the Luftwaffe released its secret rocket propelled fighter for experimental operations against the allied airforces over Europe.

One of the first combat engagements was by a fiery red Komet from test unit 16, the pilot attacking a flight of P47 Thunderbolts. During the engagement the Komet approached speeds close to 600mph. This brief sortie was a significant moment in WWII history. Despite its short flight endurance of 7.5 minutes powered flight, (extended by gliding) and its short range cannon armament, the Komet gave it's opponents good reason to panic.

ME163 KOMET

Profile Funfly Warbirds

For anyone who thought that profile planes were for someone else - try our Profile Funfly Warbirds. You will be converted from the first fly.

They are simple to build and just magic in the sky. Also there are four to choose from. P-47, Spitfire, ME-190 and a Hellcat.

PRofile Funfly Warbirds

Ghost Singer

Ghost Singer was originally designed in 1986 for the proposed 2 metre rules which were to include a speed task. The model was influenced a great deal by Sean Bannister's Algebra which was kitted by Ripmax in UK. It not only makes a fine competition model but can simply be flown for sporting fun. It flies like an arrow with an excellent glide angle and is great on the slope. This model has 2 channel functions: - rudder and elevator.

Ghost Singer

GA-8 AirVan

The straight lines of this all Australian utility aircraft makes AIRVAN an excellent sport-scale model for that spare .25 engine.

Just when you thought all Australian General Aviation manufacturers had gone to the same place as the Tasmanian Tiger, along comes Gippsland Aeronautics with their Airvan. As the name suggests this is a utility machine designed for no nonsense hard work in the less developed parts of the world where a payload may include all manner of hardware, from 200 litre drums to a fridge and, it's all made in Australia.

Air Van

Jet Ray

The Jet Ray is a sport model delta which is loosely based on the Douglass Skyray, an American interceptor fighter of the 1950's.

The style is categorised as "stand off scale" as the similarity to the Skyray is remote. Nevertheless the Jet Ray is a strikingly different model in its own right. This tail-less aircraft with swept back wings and and extremely low aspect ratio will certainly draw attention from all modellers from Old Timers to the ducted fan fraternity.

Jetray Picture

Razor

RAZOR:- this word brings many different ideas to mind, e.g. sharp, cutting, dangerous, etc. Is this plane called Razor because of a play on words so that it sounds like Laser, or because it is designed to be a super sharp performer?

Razor picture

Slipstream

A good model for novice slope soaring pilots who wish to advance from a simple rudder/elevator type aircraft to an aileron type. It provides enjoyable slope soaring without being too stressful. Its scale like appearance looks good on the slope especially when silhouetted against the sun!

Slipstream picture

CA-15

The CA-15 is a real showpiece model which will attract a crowd wherever it flies. The model flies quite fast, very quick in fact. Take off runs will be long, allow plenty of speed to build up first before pealing away to the delight of the crowd that has now developed around you.

CA-15 picture

Piccolo

A high wing sports/trainer that floats around the sky on low power but on full throttle becomes a very fast aerobatic hot rod. The 'PICCOLO' - a model that is easy to construct, looks like the real thing, and flies like a trainer on low power. But when you put the pedal to the metal so to speak, it becomes very lively and aerobatic.

Piccolo picture

Extra 300s

Highly aerobatic sportster incorporating sleek looks and spectacular performance. You won't find a better .60 to .70 size aerobatic model! If performance is what you want then the Extra 300s is your next aircraft.

Extra 300s Picture

F-111

Dominating the sky with our semi scale F-111This prop driven 'Jet' is set to impress add this to your squadron and go supersonic!

F111 Picture

Red Arrow Hawk

The Red Arrow Hawk is a semi scale jet look alike for prop drive. A .46 will really set this little beauty up for some really quick flying. All built up construction, excellent flying characteristics & great looks make the Red Arrow Hawk a fantastic model to build and fly.

Red Arrow Hawk Picture

Chandelle

The Chandelle a 40/46 size low wing sporster with beautiful lines and great flying characteristics. The Chandelle has impeccable manners when landing yet can be thrown around the sky for all your favourite manoeuvres. If slow and gentle is what you want then throttle back and take it easy. Either way the Chandelle is happy.

Chandelle Picture

CA-25 Winjeel

The Winjeel is not a beginners model but it is an ideal project for a first scale model for builders with a bit of experience.
A product of Airborne's in house plans department the model Winjeel retains true to scale outlines but simplified structure including use of strip ailerons makes it a sport/scale type.

Winjeel Picture

Wallaby

Gently puttering around in the sky, coming to grips with primary control functions is what the Wallaby is all about.

Wallaby Picture

Sky Fox

If the full size aircraft is an ultra-light then the model is an ultra featherweight. In a light head wind you can fly the model Skyfox along at walking pace!

Sky fox Picture

Mach 2

The hottest delta in the sky featuring a unique mid-wing engine with pusher prop.

Mach 2 Picture

Wombat

Slow flying, safe stable, 3 channel sport trainer that's ideal for beginners to R/C modelling.

Wombat picture

F14 Tomcat

A superb sport scale aircraft that lets you do all you would expect from a high performance jet style aircraft, yet is docile enough to land like a trainer.

Tomcat picture

Blue Wren

A very stable & predictable 2 metre hand launched thermal glider that thrives on very light air. Wingspan: 2m, Radio: 2 channel radio control.

Blue Wren picture

Transformer

3 function powered model that is a totally new concept in model flight training - in three stages the Transformer evolves from a simple two function glider into a four function aerobatic sports model! The perfect introductory aircraft.

Transformer picture

Pinocchio

 A near to scale 1/5 size PIEL CP90 Homebuilt sports aerobatic model with flight characteristics which can only be described as a "Dream Machine". Type: Low wing sport/scale aerobatic, Wingspan: 1.4m, Engines: .45-.60, 4 channel radio control.

Pinocchio picture

Jumbo Fun Fly

 ....Ever seen a Jumbo Jet take off, stop in mid air, then climb away BACKWARDS? If the answer is NO you¼d better take a good look at this one!

Jumbo Fun Fly picture

Ultimate Biplane

Super hot, super scale model of one of the world's finest aerobatic biplanes ever. It "flies on rails" but is very responsive and predictable in all controls. Wingspan: 1.15m, Engines: .46-.60, 4 channel radio control.

Ultimate Biplane picture
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