Free plans for Curtiss Helldiver

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Free plans for balsa rc airplane Curtiss Helldiver


Wingspan: 48 inches

Length: 37-3/4 inches

Wing area: 396 square inches

Flying weight: 24.3 ounces

Wing loading: 8.84 ounces per square foot

Free plans for balsa rc airplane Curtiss Helldiver

Materials List

Wood: Sheet balsa is required if the laser-cut parts package is not used

Five 1/16 × 4 × 36-inch balsa

Four 1/8 × 4 × 36-inch balsa

One 3/16 × 3 × 36-inch balsa

One 1/32 × 8 × 18-inch birch plywood

One 18 × 4 × 8-1/2-inch light plywood

One 1/32 × 4 × 18-inch balsa

Two 1/16 square × 36-inch basswood

Eighteen 16 × 1/8 × 36-inch balsa

Two 1/16 × 3/8 × 36-inch balsa

Eighteen 3/32 square × 36-inch balsa

Two 3/32 × 1/4 × 36-inch balsa

Eight 1/8 square × 36-inch balsa

One 1/8 × 1/4 × 12-inch hard balsa (servo rail)

Two 1/8 × 3/8 × 36-inch balsa

One 3/8 × 1/2 × 12-inch basswood (landing gear mount)

One 1/4 × 6-inch triangle stock

One 1/8 × 6-inch dowel

One 3/16 × 1-inch dowel

One wood toothpick

Wire: One .025 × 18-inch steel wire

One .032 × 18-inch steel wire

One .046 × 12-inch steel wire

One .093 × 36-inch steel wire

Miscellaneous: One pair 2-1/12-inch main wheels

One 1-inch tail wheel

Three feet of nylon thread (rudder pull-pull cable)

Four 3/32-inch wheel collars

One manila file folder

Two 8-32 × 1 nylon socket head bolts

Twelve 3/16 × 1/16-inch rare earth magnets

One .008 × 8 × 18 clear acetate

One 3/16 × 8 × 18 artists foam boards

One 3 × 6 × 8 mm Depron sheet

Twelve #2 flat washers

Twelve #2 × 3/8 sheet metal screws

Power: Suppo 2217/9T outrunner brushless motor

20-amp ESC

APC 11 × 5.5E propeller

2,000 mAh 2S LiPo battery

Guidance: Two Suppo S-60 servos (ailerons)

Two Suppo S-90 servos (rudder and elevator)

Three 6-inch servo extensions

One 6-inch Y lead

Free plans for balsa rc airplane Curtiss Helldiver

The model was designed with a 48-inch wingspan at 1:12.5 scale. The idea was to provide a simple park flyer-style model that could be built and flown by anyone with intermediate modeling and flying skills, was large enough to fly well, yet would be easy to transport.

The model is primarily built from balsa and plywood. The fuselage features an internal truss frame with external formers and stringers, and the wing is of egg-crate-style construction.

Guidance is four-channel RC with power provided by an economical brushless outrunner motor powered by two battery cells. Access to the internal components is through removable canopies on the front and rear cockpits. The wing is also removable.

Meanwhile, don’t let the full-scale Helldiver’s checkered beginnings scare you away from pursuing this project. The model is a solid, stable flier that can be flown easily by anyone with some "low-wing" experience.

Free plans for balsa rc airplane Curtiss Helldiver

The model is easy to fly, cruises nicely at half power, and goes where you point it. Before the first flight, drop in a freshly charged battery then make a final walk-around to ensure that the center of gravity is correct, and that the controls are properly set up and move in the right direction.

Free plans for balsa rc airplane Curtiss Helldiver

Takeoffs are easy—throttle up to approximately 2/3 power, and when the model is ready to fly, add a pinch of up-elevator and you’re off and running. Trim the aircraft for straight-and-level flight at a comfortable speed.

In the air, the Helldiver tracks nicely and turns easily with little input. It will also turn extremely tightly at approach speeds, with no indication that it’s going to snap out from under you. The stall is benign and uneventful and breaks right down the middle. When the nose drops, it immediately begins to fly again.

Free plans for balsa rc airplane Curtiss Helldiver

The Helldiver penetrates well, so only a little power on the landing approach is needed. Keep the nose down and fly the model all the way down. At roughly a foot from the ground, ease the nose up and wheel it on. Keep just a touch of power on, steer with the rudder, and the aircraft will track straight and true as the tail comes down.

Free plans for balsa rc airplane Curtiss Helldiver


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