FT Versa Wing Build | From Scratch

On first note I will say that I was in no way asked or rewarded for making this tutorial; I am not in any involvement with FliteTest or with this project, I am simply providing an accurate tutorial on how to build this plane from scratch.

This tutorial will go over the complicated idea (for people new to this) on how to build this plane from scratch. I have seen no tutorials whatsoever on how to build it from scratch. Using the available plans from FliteTest and using their speed build tutorial I have managed to build this from scratch on 3, 20x30 sheets of foam board. I myself am completely new to this area and this was my first time building a model rc from scratch.

Total Parts Cost: $119.30 (USD)
My Shopping List:

 - 6 Channel Transmitter + Receiver

 - Motor + esc

 - 8x6 Propellers

 - 9g micro servos

 - 2s-3s lipo balanced charger

 - lipo voltage warning alarm + tester

 - 3s 2200 MAh lipo battery

 - 3* 20x30 foam board sheets

Tools:

Exacto Knife
Hot Glue (high temp)
packing tape
a large work area
a cutting board <- Must Have.
TIME

Notes for cutting foam board: It is a very annoying and long winded process, but it is well rewarding if you do it right. Lightly score the top of the area you want to cut many times, going deeper each time. Turn your exacto knife so the cutting edge is flat in the score you made. VERY QUICKLY pull it across the score and it should go through. Then point the exacto knife straight down and poke it through; pull it through till the part is free from the wing. If you do this correctly you should have a moderately good cut through the foam board. I will also say, you need the blade to be very sharp; I had to sharpen mine every time I cut.

STEP 1:

First thing's first, download the plans. I have them here, or you can download them from the FliteTest website: Step 1: Plans

I have had much trouble with printing these correctly due to the size of each page (8x10). I have had no luck printing on linux but instead had to go to a windows 7 computer to print. Once you have printed the 16 pages, lay them out, and 1 by 1 trim them down to 8x10 using the dotted lines.

STEP 2:

Once you have downloaded, printed, and cut out the plans, lay them out on 2 sheets of foam board. The easiest way I have found to do this is to separate the two wings and then lay them out on the foam board. Here is a picture of the second wing all layed out on the foam.






STEP 3:

Either using the color code on your computer, or using the colors on the paper, carefully cut the places listed. One problem I ran into here was when it asks to 'score' or cut 50%. The area that it asks you to 'score' near the elevon I would suggest cutting completely. Once you cut that off, just replace it with tape later when you connect your servos.

Also, using a scrap piece of the leftover from your wing (or both wings) you can cut out the spar for the inside of the wings.

STEP 4:

At this point, you can pretty easily follow the FliteTest tutorial video because you have all the parts they are using.





STEP 5:

Once you have built 1 or both of your wings, you can use a piece of tape on the top to reconnect your elevons. Not only is this stronger than scoring the edge, it is also more flexible and it is changeable later on.

STEP 6:

Finish the tutorial video to finish your plane. Cut any extra pieces you need out of your 3rd 20x30 piece of foam.

NOTE: You will need 3 pieces. The winglets can not be cut out of scrap from the 2 wing foam board pieces.

STEP 7:

Relax and feel accomplished. The parts list at the top will give you an idea of what you have to buy to get this plane off the ground.






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