Basics of R/C Model Aircraft Design: Practical Techniques for Building Better Models: Practical Techniques for Building Better Models Paperback – Sep 1996
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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.
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.
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.
He also explains all of the approaches on particular models that he designed and flew.
This book belongs to the library of every serious airplane modeller.
methodical way. Some of the graphs and charts are just horrible
and difficult to read. If you keep at it and read the chapters
again and again, you will begin to understand airplane design.
Not really for a beginner.
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