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DIY RC Airplanes from Scratch by Breck Baldwin

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CHAPTER 2What Do All the Parts Do?

This chapter covers the basic concepts of remote-controlled (RC) aircraft as seen through the lens of Brooklyn Aerodrome’s quick-to-build, inexpensive, and tough Flack flying wing. This chapter is directed at the complete novice. This is where terms such as elevon, speed control, and trim tab get explained. While the chapter generally should be useful for other kinds of RC aircraft, I am focusing on what is needed to get flat-plate-based flying wings working in your world. There are lots of ways to get flying—this is my way.

The Flight Cycle of a Flack

Once the Flack is built and the pilot has basic control of the plane, flights proceed as follows:

1. The flight battery is charged. This can take 3 hours on a ...

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