F-16 Fun Fighter (oz14887)


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F-16 Fun Fighter. Radio control sport model for .20 engine and 2 channels.

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Update 26/10/2023: Added article, thanks to RFJ.

Quote: "Looking for an interesting shape for your next project? This little number for .10 - .20 motors goes into the back of the car in one bit, with bags of room for the kitchen sink! F-16 Fun Fighter, by Graham Dorschel.

I've been building and designing model fun-fly aircraft for about 10 years now. Having seen the price of model kits go up and my wages go down, I thought I could do a better job and cheaper! I always feel the need to maintain a Wot 4 style model in my flyable collection, but the time had come for something really fast and furious.

So enter the F-16 Fun-Fighter, which really needs a bit of wind and a strong throwing arm, simply because there is no landing gear. My prototype used standard size radio, which doesn't help the weight situation, but I wanted to keep itsimple, if you are blessed with one of the latest lightweight sets, you have an immediate advantage. Anyway, at least you know that, if your radio gear is fairly lumpy, the F-16 can take it quite happily.

Fuselage: The fuselage basically consists of 1/16 (1.5mm) sheet balsa sides with 1.5mm ply doublers running from one end to the other, while the fuselage bottom is all 1.5mm plywood, to cope with rough landings. Fuselage top deck is made from soft balsa block and there is good access for the radio gear when the wing is removed.

I used cyano to construct almost the whole model, as it's quick and clean, only, using epoxy for the plywood fire wall, which then carries the commecial moulded engine mount.

Wings: The wing structure consist of a simple but light flat plate, with strip balsa ribs to produce a flat-plate airfoil section which makes for very quick construction. The effect of the flat-plate wing section is that landings are very fast, so be sure to allow for this and position the model well downwind when lining up for landing.

Start with the lower 1/16 centre section sheeting, cut to shape and laid over the plan. The ribs are then positioned over the plans and the 3/8 square mainspar threaded through the rib slots into place. 1/4 in square false spars to leading and training edges an then laid in, followed by the 5/8 x 1/2 in leading edge and the 1/4 x 1/2 in trailing edge. Thereafter, add the 1/16 x 3/8 cross brace strips and the centre strip of the mainspar. Next make up the aileron servo well..."

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