sinonskin
So a friend on FB found this site and is building the F-35 and I thought that would be fun. I am in the USAF and currently stationed in Korea.. so finding foam board is pretty tough.

I found some sort of foam board at our BX. Im new to building scratch planes and all that (all I have is an RC car and small RC heli) So im not sure if this foam will work. Its like the foam-cored posterboard it came in a 22"x28" sheet maybe 1/4" or less thick... it seems pretty durable with the hard paper on each side.. would this foam work? I know that the plans are larger than the foam sheets so I would have to piece together multiple pieces to make the single larger ones (but with some bamboo skewers it should be OK)

Looking forward to building one or more of these planes to pass my year tour here by.. RC is HUGE in S. Korea too!
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fishwhisperer83
Yep that sounds like dollar tree foam board but a different brand. Just take the paper off to lighten the airframe and you should be fine. What plane do you plan on building first?
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sinonskin
I plan to build the f35 v2. I printed all the patterns already. As far as HOW the plane goes together, ill have to refer to the pix as I have found no actual "how to". Doesn't look too hard. So removing the paper on both sides of the foam is a must? Is that because of weight or what? I wish I could find larger sheets locally so I don't have to glue multiple pieces to make one single large piece. But I guess it will get all glued together anyway I have to wait for Friday and hope our BX gets more foam in, they only had one sheet.

Also the instructions said the plane with everything is like $120. I have yet to find a radio under $200..
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breaker1crazy
not only does removing the paper help with weight but because of the weather where i live i sometimes fly when its misting, so taking the paper off keeps it from getting wet which makes t a lot heavier. which i guess also goes under the weight category.
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dtribby
Taking the paper off will also keep it from warping when it gets wet or humid out.

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Also the instructions said the plane with everything is like $120. I have yet to find a radio under $200..


You mean you haven't found a GOOD radio for under $200. A 9X radio (marketed under various brands) is in the $60-80 range and gives you 8ch functionality and a lot of other options too. There's a good thread about it here: http://www.rcpowers.com/community/threads/project-9x.9646/

If you want to be an "early adopter", then try THIS thread: http://www.rcpowers.com/community/threads/bam-turnigy-9xr.14591/#post-161052
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I have yet to find a radio under $200..

Try HobbyKing
There are several to choose from.
Personally I would suggest this one to get you started:- http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=28494
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fishwhisperer83
Also the paper keeps the foam from bending which makes the nose close to impossible to look right. I've had ok success with the paper On for smaller planes because I don't have to reinforce as much. But n the larger planes the paper is just a hassle. And over time, the paper will start to peel off
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sinonskin
Thanks for the links! This helps a lot! I'm not sure what mixers and such are I definitely need to do some reading, but I really want to get into RC planes. I figured these cheaper scratch build planes are the best.

My uncle is huge into rc planes and will dump hundreds and hundreds of dollars into his. But they are gas powered and he competes etc. I have been fascinated with this ever since I saw him fly them when I was a kid.
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dtribby
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Try HobbyKing
There are several to choose from.
Personally I would suggest this one to get you started:- http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=28494


Yes! DEFINITELY another one to look into. Already comes with a few other toys the Dx6i doesn't have. Just don't expect the fit or finish of the Spektrum radio.
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You get what you pay for. You pay for cheap, you get cheap!!!
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xdra6nx
I think I really like that orange radio, though Ive read some reviews of random loss of signal with them? Though there could be a hundred different variables to interfere with this and not just the radio. I really need to find an "RC planes for dummies" to explain all the different terms etc.. Hell I just learned what all the channels are for.. With my old toy RC cars you had A, B, C channels so you could race with a friend and not have cross-talk with your radios.. I didnt realize they are for different controls to run simultaneously like elevators, VT's, smoke (for some people) etc.. pretty cool stuff.

edit: I also realized I have 2 accounts
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colorc
welcome to the hobby. i looks like you are trying to save some money, but the "rc planes for dummies" is sold on this website but it is called the "scratchbuilders beginners guide."

i am just a satisfied advocate of the RCPowers franchise and only suggest that it can help you too. it may seem daunting at the start up cost to get into the air, but the guide was worth the money for me. it made it easier to spend my hard earned money wisely in the beginning while learning instead of buying nice RTF planes to only crash it, and you will have a few learning crashes. it is like learning to riding a motorcycle. it's not a matter of if you crash, it's when you crash. getting proper training from the beginning while help you avoid most of the pit falls and not discourage you because of the accidents.
welp, that is my two cents. good luck with the f35 and getting everything together.
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