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Help! FT Mini Corsair/Foam board

#1
So I'm going to buy/build a mini Corsair, but I can't buy a power pack right now. Is it possible to build the model, paint it, etc, then open it up later and put all the electronics in?

Also, I'm curious if I can build more than one model with the 25-pack foam board, (if so, how many? mini or standard, I don't really care) and how I can transfer the plans from my printer to the board (I just have a normal Letter printer). Obviously, if I can build more than two with the foam, it's more worth it!

Any help is appreciated.
 
#2
So I'm going to buy/build a mini Corsair, but I can't buy a power pack right now. Is it possible to build the model, paint it, etc, then open it up later and put all the electronics in?

Also, I'm curious if I can build more than one model with the 25-pack foam board, (if so, how many? mini or standard, I don't really care) and how I can transfer the plans from my printer to the board (I just have a normal Letter printer). Obviously, if I can build more than two with the foam, it's more worth it!

Any help is appreciated.
I definitely think that you can makes more than a few mm planes with a 25 pack. Also, I don’t use post board since so just throw away the guides afterwards. Just tape the necessary pieces together
 

Addicted

Well-known member
#3
So I'm going to buy/build a mini Corsair, but I can't buy a power pack right now. Is it possible to build the model, paint it, etc, then open it up later and put all the electronics in?

Also, I'm curious if I can build more than one model with the 25-pack foam board, (if so, how many? mini or standard, I don't really care) and how I can transfer the plans from my printer to the board (I just have a normal Letter printer). Obviously, if I can build more than two with the foam, it's more worth it!

Any help is appreciated.
You could build it to the point of gluing the paper on the tail, after that, I would wait for the electronics.
If you situate your parts correctly, you can cut 2 Mini Corsairs from only 3 sheets of foam board. So, you'll be able to make 16 Mini Corsairs from the 25 pack. That's a lot of Corsairs!
 
#4
You could build it to the point of gluing the paper on the tail, after that, I would wait for the electronics.
If you situate your parts correctly, you can cut 2 Mini Corsairs from only 3 sheets of foam board. So, you'll be able to make 16 Mini Corsairs from the 25 pack. That's a lot of Corsairs!
Hmm, 16?

I'll build one for show, then I'll wait for electronics later!

Also, how do I actually draw the designs on the foam? Freehand?
 

BATTLEAXE

Well-known member
#6
Hmm, 16?

I'll build one for show, then I'll wait for electronics later!

Also, how do I actually draw the designs on the foam? Freehand?
Each mini build will be one to one and a half sheets, max two depending on the model. The standard size can go from 2 sheets to 6-7 depending on the model. It also depends on how you lay your pieces out on the FB as well. You were asking how do you transfer the patterns... There are a bunch of ways to skin that cat but the way i have been doing it works for me. I, like you only have a letter printer so I either go for the TILED plans to down load and print. That way should take about 8 sheets of paper per sheet of FB. These sheets then get taped together. Or you could go with the FULL SIZE plans and use Adobe Acrobat Reader to tile the sheets for you, I find this way to be a bit more accurate with the cut marks, but it will be 12 sheets of paper per sheet of FB. The second way works well if you want to scale up or scale down plans as well.

After you get the tiles taped together I like to cut the individual pieces out and place them on the sheets of FB so as to get the maximum out of your foam board sheets, sometimes they aren't the most efficient. Sometimes you have to watch for grain direction like you do with the Corsairs, because it is a molded model. Once the pieces are placed on the FB where you like i tape them down to the FB and cut on the lines where needed. Once the piece is cut out the plan piece should be the perfect size for the next model. If that makes any sense. Or you could go to Staples and have them print you full size sheets from a USB stick, cost about 5 bucks a sheet though