New build techniques are here, so here’s some info on the methods used to build an FT Corsair.
Who wants to build a Master Series kit? We do! To get you in the mood for a challenge, here is a straightforward guide to some of the skills you’ll pick up when building the brand new FT Corsair.
Removing paper from one side of your foam board allows you to curve it. This de-lamination process exposes the raw white core which can be pressed against a hard angled surface, such as the edge of a table, which crushes the foam and forms the foam into a rounded shape. It's a great skill to master.
Creating Tubular Fuselages
To infuse more realism in our FT designs, we’ve started to integrate methods that make it easy to create rounded, contoured fuselages that mirror real life airplanes. Although ‘boxy’ planes are easier to build, there’s nothing quite like the curved lines of a warbird like the Corsair.
Formers are used to give the fuselage both shape and strength. For a project where Alex uses formers in a scratch built airplane, to show you how you can make rounded fuselages, check out this video.
Making Use of Tape
Tape can be used to hold your foam board in place as it dries. An example of where you might need this is on a wing.
You're probably going to want to invest in several rolls of quality tape. Check out the Flite Test Store to help you find some.
Using multiple shapes of foam glued into sub-assemblies, you can relatively easily form compound shapes like the cowling of the FT Corsair. It requires some precision, but the results are well worth it.
Integrating Traditional Build Techniques
Powerpod type assemblies with traditional A and B folds are in no risk of going away anytime soon. In fact, they work in parallel with the more advanced techniques of creating rounded fuselages and contoured curves to establish strong mounting points for your motor and other electronics. On the Corsair, for instance, you have a square 'powerpod' which glues into the cowling to create a motor mount.
Check out the full build video of the FT Corsair. To find out more about the Corsair, check out this article.
Are you excited about these newly introduced build techniques? Let us know what plane you would love to see recreated in foam in the comments down below!
Article by James Whomsley
Editor of FliteTest.com
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