Free Foam Board Airplane Designs

Many people that have an interest in RC airplanes often ask about free board airplane designs. While there are many great free plans available, most people have a hard time figuring out what to build and where to look. If you’re looking for a great set of plans that won’t cost you an arm and a leg you should take a little time and do a little research.

The first place to look is on the internet. It’s probably easier this way because you can search several different places without having to leave home. If you type free RC airplane into any search engine you’ll get several hits. Take a look at these and see if any of them catch your eye.

Don’t get too caught up with the free sites though. Sure, they might have some interesting designs but you have to consider that many of these free plans are not going to be as detailed as the more expensive ones. For instance you might find a free plane design that has the engine on it but no other features. These are generally easy to construct and will work for beginners. However, for an advanced pilot that wants the best that there is in airplane designs the more detailed free plans are the best choice.

jacEurofighter Foam aircraft design from Dollar Tree Foam
jacEurofighter Foam aircraft design from Dollar Tree Foam

The next place you might want to look for free plans is in the magazine or book “RC Airplane.” The May issue or the October issue is a good place to start. Here you can find several different free plans for your aircraft. While the free plans may be interesting, you’ll probably still want to pay more attention to the more detailed plans in the magazine.

Another place to check for free plans is at the local library. If you have access to a computer you might also want to try running a search on your favorite search engine for “free RC flight patterns.” This should pull up several different places that you can use to get started. Be careful though as there are a lot of places out there offering free designs but they may not be safe for you to use. There is a chance that they might be free but they might also be complicated and harder to fly. Be sure to read through the free information carefully before deciding on the plan to use.

An interesting foamboard airplane with a single aileron
An interesting foamboard airplane with a single aileron

There is one place that you can go to and get several free designs for RC planes and this is the Internet. You can go to websites that offer free flight patterns and also forums that you can go to and ask for advice. Many people like to share their thoughts about RC aircraft and they might even give you some great free tips on how to build your own board. There’s nothing wrong with taking advice and trying to build a better and safer foam board, but it’s important to be careful.

Even though there are free flight plans out there, if they’re not right for your project you could very well end up making a dangerous and unsafe aircraft. This is because the free plans will usually only list a few of the details. They won’t tell you important things like the density of the foam, the set up and cut down times, and how much wind resistance each model will have. If you have questions about what these details are, most free plans are not very well laid out. For this reason, it’s always wise to pay a little bit of money to purchase good plans instead of free ones.

Simple foamboard free flight design
Simple foamboard free flight design

The best way to go about finding free airplane designs is to go to online hobby shops and download a few different free plans that you like. Then you can work from home designing and building your RC plane. It’s much easier than trying to do it in a store where everything is already made and packaged. One last thing – when you’re designing your own board, be sure to check with local regulations for building and flying a model airplane. You don’t want to waste resources and face fines and penalties. Be careful and be safe!

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