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Basics of R/C Model Aircraft Design: Practical Techniques for Building Better Models: Practical Techniques for Building Better Models Paperback – Oct 22 1996


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  • Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International (Oct. 22 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911295402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911295405
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 20.1 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #854,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D Billey on Feb. 5 2014
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Very good book but more technical then what I was looking for. Lots of good wing/air flow theory but don't thing I could put lots of the info to use.
Still a very good book and worth the money.
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Though overall a very useful book, this book seems to be a somewhat disjoint conglomeration of various articles about aircraft design that perhaps were once published in a magazine. There is no soft introduction for the beginner - be prepared to be inundated with a slew of graphs, equations and very dense writing that will demand some qualitative understanding of basic aerodynamics. (I would personally recomment _Understanding Flight_ by David Anderson and Scott Eberhardt, which is not very mathematical and quite easy to understand for a novice like myself.) The fact that these disjoint chapters don't flow together is a bit annoying, but on the other hand it is quite pleasant to have such a wide array of specific information in such a portable book. The section on reading airfoil charts is terse and yet intelligible. Be warned: if you're not familiar with the basics, you might get lost quickly and have to reference another text, as did I. If you're just a little dusty, however, there will be a very short review. (For example: how is angle of attack different than incidence, and how do these two things relate to both cambered and symmetrical airfoils? What causes a pitching moment?)
There is some discussion about exotic designs (three airfoil, canard, tailless and delta-wing, NASA safe wing, float design, etc.) although without much in-depth discussion about theory (for example, the NASA Safe Wing chapter described mostly about the history, advantages and characteristics of this device but very little about the theory or even implementation in a new design.) The author clearly tried to cover a lot of topics in a small amount of space, thus I would rate it more vast than in-depth.
Overall a good book with many examples (mostly from the author's own designs). Very useful, with an appendix of characteristics for the airfoils and models used in examples.
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By A Customer on Oct. 26 2003
For a general understanding of how aerodynamics relates to model building, these reprinted articles from Model Airplane News model magazine are excellent. Like another reviewer said, it is for the serious modeler.
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By A Customer on April 10 2003
The title of this book is misleading. It should be called, "Model Aircraft Design for Aerospace Engineers." I have read graduate computers science text books that are easier to understand. There is little, or no attempt to define the terms for a beginner or your average modeler.
Before you buy this book, try to read the first and second chapter. If you understand half of what is described, then you might want to buy this book.
Had there been a glossary, I would not be writing this review. In my opinion, the publisher should add a glossary, or change the name.
I am sure there is useful information in it. I just hope my patience last long enough for me to find it.
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If you're interested in building time tested design features into your airplane to maximize its performance, this book will certainly meet your expectations. It's not the kind of book you only read once, hence its worth, it's a reference book that you'll keep going back to everytime you undertake a new project.
Every chapter holds something useful you wish you had known before. The chapter on ducted cowls-i.e. building a nice, streamlined, good looking cowling- was one of my favorites.
A book I definetely recommend for the serious modeler.
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