Jager Hobby expanded polystyrene XPS aircraft models

September 18, 2018 0 By Jagerhobby
Jager Hobby expanded polystyrene XPS aircraft models

Jager Hobby expanded polystyrene XPS aircraft models FAQ

Jager Hobby expanded polystyrene XPS aircraft models FAQ

#Extruded #Polystyrene blocks (XPS) are ideal for all types of modelling from #CNC machinery down to hand-carved sculpturing. XPS can be cut, sanded and shaped easily due to its uniform structure and because it is lightweight yet very strong it is used in a wide range of applications and industries such as: Theatre and film sets, product design and prototypes, art colleges, model makers etc.

How are #Jagerhobby #scalemodel kits designed?

We usually start with a 3 view plan or traditional #Rc# balsa model plan. On models we are unsure of the flying qualities we will also work on a small depron prototype.

 

From this a #3d Model is created

The #model is then manipulated and Internal structures are added

 

Once we have added ducted fan mounts and thrust tubes we look at the wing area and structure

 

We will use a suitable wing section and if required use our experience to increase wing areas . The idea is to build a well flying model.

 

The model is then “Sliced” in to cross sections

      

The sliced parts are then arranged in CAD to be cut. The Shapes wont all be straight edges so curves and tapers are added in

The XPS sheet is then cut using a  CNC cutter. This cuts the sheets

We now have a set of pre cut parts

 

The parts are then numbered following the plan and we can start to build

Building the model

Lots of different types of glue work with XPS we prefer a sand able wood glue. MAKE SURE YOU TEST before on an off cut

First we build individual slices of the cross section up. Slots are pre cut in for tube to keep everything square

From there we build up sub structure . Its important to use a little flat weigh and pin the sections as we go

The substructures are then joined together

Its amazing how quickly you have a built airframe

The same process is followed for the wings and tail

Next we will look at sanding covering and finishing

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