Model Aeroplane Aerial Photography
Making model aeroplanes from polystyrene and sending them up with a camera to take pictures.
|In order to try and get a camera up when there is very
little, or no, wind, I am trying to build a radio controlled aeroplane to
carry the camera.
This model is the 'DSLR Super Solution' from Mike Powers on RC Groups. He has a great collection of videos on his website here.
|In order to cut the pieces for this plan, I needed to build
a hot wire cutter to cut the polystyrene into the correct shapes.
There are plenty of plans on the internet, but the key is getting a sensible power supply. I made a couple of bows; this one for cutting wide pieces, but not very deep.....
|....and this one for cutting deep but not very wide.|
|For the wing sections I draw the suitable size rectangle onto the foam...|
|I use the wide bow and gravity to get a clean square edge on the pieces; power off, position the wire along the drawn line, then turn on the power, the wire heats up and gravity pulls the bow through the foam.|
|I then pin the foil templates (made from the plans) onto the block of foam I have just cut, and cut around the foil template with the wide bow.|