Building the first prototype

Before I go into the build, I have decided to call this prototype ARV MK1. ARV is for Autonomous Return Vehicle. Here’s what I made: I started by making a rough CAD sketch of the airframe. This helps me visualise the general dimensions before I start cutting up my expensive foam. In order to cut […]

Playing with Foam

Throughout history, airplanes have been built out of many materials. Early planes were constructed of wood and canvas, and then metal and aluminum. In recent years, composite materials like fiberglass and carbon fiber have become increasingly common. Model airplanes builders employ yet another material in their construction: foam. Rigid foams are a favorite for model aircraft […]