There is a quality to balsa wood that foam model airplanes won’t achieve, the structures inside a wing, the technique used, the look in general… I will never stop fascinating me. This time I’ll build a small RC wing under 250g to fly legally almost anywhere you want.
This design is not been tested properly yet and is not recommended for beginners, in fact, if you want to cooperate in the improvement of this design, you’ll be able to download all the files if you want to give it a go. But as you would see it flies, but is not as stable as it should be.
The wings of this design were made with a software called Wing helper (v1.5.0) to test its capabilities, once the design was ready it was then exported as a .DXF drawing to Nanocad (a free CAD software like AutoCad) and finished the details, then rearranged the parts to be cut with my new laser cutter machine, more details of that machine here. The software (Winghelper) is still under development, but it was a great help to design the wing really fast and accurate. The middle section of the wing that we can call “the fuselage” was the only part that was made afterward, since the software only deals with wings for now. Finally, the winglets were drawn directly in NanoCad.
Wing Helper has other interesting features that allow you to export a 3D files (that need to be converted with another software to .obj) so you can use them for 3D designs or renders, it’s really interesting what you can do with it.
It’s great to have a machine to cut it for me, laser cutting and engraving technology is the best for precise and fast cutting, I’m using a laser cutter from the brand NEJE, which turned out really good (powerful, fast and precise). Small form factor and even portable. To send the file to it I’m using another software called Lightburn which takes the DXF files directly to be cut.
- 235 with battery
- Balsa Wood