lightening fast way to build a White Lightning.
Materials you will need to build this plane:
Wing leading edge 1 off 36" x
1/8" balsa sheet - Medium
Wing trailing edge & tail plane 2
off 36" x 3" x 1/8" balsa sheet
Fuselage 1 off 36" x 3" x
sheet - Medium/Hard
Doublers, bellcrank mount, leadout guide 1
off scrap 1/32" Plywood
Fin & rudder 1 off scrap 3" x
1/16" balsa sheet - Medium
off 1/4" x 1/4" Hardwood
Other Wax paper, tracing paper,
glues and, of course....
the White Lightning Plan
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Most hobby shops will have good wood for this model; it uses nothing
unusual in wood sizes. The maple hardwood bearers may need to be cut
from some larger maple. I cut mine from a 1/2 x 1/2 piece of maple.
The bearers for this airplane are not that long so the hardwood bearers
can be cut from some scrap maple that you could find at the local do-it-yourself
home improvement store (Home Depot).
The plywood sides I cut from a larger sheet of plywood that I got
from the model shop. Many builders use this plywood for the insides
of RC airplane fuselages. You can get 1/32-inch plywood sheet or 1
mm plywood sheet as well.
The wing is made up of two pieces of 1/8“ sheet. The leading edge
sheet is a 4-inch wide section and the trailing edge sheet is a 3-inch
sheet. Some of the trailing edge sheet is used to make the fin and
rudder. A second 3-inch sheet is used for the stabilizer.
The Fuselage is made up from a single Medium/Hard sheet of 1/4 inch
balsa. The Hardness is balanced against the weight; don't go overboard
on hardness, as this would get a bit heavy. One sheet of 1/4 x 3 x
36 inch will do fine.
Some scrap 1/8th plywood for small details are required for the leadout
guides and the belcrank mount.