Welcome. The issue of foamboard is constant here in Australia but it is not as desperate as some make out. here in Brisbane I purchase my foamboard from my local art/picture framing shop and get a sheet which is twice the size of the FTFB for $9 aud.
As for the FT designs many in Aus have built plenty of their designs and know of any issues you need to worry about in building a FT design using Aussie foamboard. Personally I have built 10 or more of the FT designs with my latest build being the "Das Ugly Stick".
Should you need assistance just ask and it will be made available if possible that is.
The supercub is a great starting aircraft but very limited and you should start thinking about your next step immediately as you will quickly master it. My supercub was given away just 2 weeks ago to someone who started to learn with a totally wrong aircraft. Whilst it had been crashed and smashed many times it has always been easy to return to service and now it soldiers on with a new pilot.
Fly well and land better:black_eyed:
When I did my last post I quickly signed out and returned to my latest project. It is only now that I decided to take a break before starting the bending of the landing gear.
The glue I use is a foam safe craft glue, (clear), which I purchase from a local variety discount store. The brand is "Office Central" and it costs me $2.50 for 100ml. used properly and not in excessive quantities a single bottle can assemble 2 large or 4 small FT Designs.
Be very careful when scaling FT designs as the channels of foam removed can be a problem if you change the scale too much. My preferred method is to use metric graph paper and redraw the plans full size. This also allows me to alter the design by just drawing the changes on the plans. In your case a little extra Hotmelt will fill the gaps if any.
When cutting out please use a long, (1 metre), steel rule as a blade guide as it can save you a lot of issues of what I refer to blade wander, (my way of describing my inability to cut straight lines free hand). To save yourself even further heartache before you score the hinge lines for control surfaces or the wing Leading edge I VERY STRONGLY recommend that you cover the reverse side of the sheet with clear packing tape to reinforce the paper, (Make sure that you rub the packing tape into the FB to remove as much air as possible).
This tape stops the paper, (which you were not supposed to cut), from breaking or tearing when you fold it or over time in the case of a control surface hinge.In my own case I tend to wrap the entire plane outer surface in packing tape, (coloured purchased from KMart), to provide moisture and impact protection.
May I enquire as to the subject of your first build and your chosen flying field environment? Have you selected your electronics yet?
Will check this thread later this afternoon after I sort out the landing gear
Try to never criticise, but rather educate and assist where needed. I do not know it all and often the one that is educated is ME!
Catch you later!
Welcome, the Super Cub is a great way to go!
Unfortunately there's not any suppliers or dedicated groups (that I know of) but you should be able to find some like minded people in the wider RC community, maybe you can introduce them to Flitetest!
Shipping can be a pain to Australia, and unfortunately the foamboard sold in places like Officeworks/Kmart is heavy and near impossible to peel. I recommend trying out a few scratch build kits and if you love it, shell out for a box of foam! Seems expensive especially with shipping, but still works out to about $4AUD a sheet which is about a third of the price of the officeworks stuff, and way better.
Check out the IRC chat in my signature, always happy to help out or just have a chat!
Do you find covering with tape adds a lot of extra weight?