Finch Build Page and Flight Video

Front view of the Finch covered with silkspan

Front view of the Finch covered with silkspan

I added a full description and build page on my Finch plan, used to build a three channel indoor radio control flyer . Check it out here. The Finch goes together quickly with modeling supplies you likely already have in your work shop. The airplane uses a flat frame for the fuselage and employs a top mounted wing.

The Finch uses the popular ParkZone line of radio control electronics and electric motor, thus there are few concerns over obtaining the correct micro-electronics for successful flight. Full ordering details for the electronics are covered.

Finch showing 1/32" balsa cowling

Finch showing 1/32″ balsa cowling

The Finch’s full size CAD (computer aided design) plans are absolutely free and can be downloaded on the page. And best of all is the fact that I have taken the computer drawn plans created with TurboCAD and pasted them into a Microsoft Word document.

While any CAD plan can be easily offered you will need some sort of CAD program on your computer to open, view and print the plan. Not every modeler has one of these programs installed. By making the plan available in Word format, just about anyone with a computer can download and print out the plan.

Do take a look at the Finch. By building one for yourself, you will have a fun indoor flyer as well as something different from the other ready to fly models at your local indoor flying venue. Check out the video below of one builder’s Finch.  Give it a try and good luck!

 

Build the Finch – Free CAD Plans!

Spektrum transmitter and completed Finch

Spektrum transmitter and completed Finch

The Finch is a three channel indoor micro radio control model that I designed a few years ago. The Finch is easy to build and flies very well . . . and best of all the plans are free!

Finch showing 1/32" balsa cowling

Finch showing 1/32″ balsa cowling

Click here for a set of Finch Full Size Plans.  The Finch plans were created in TurboCAD and then pasted into a Word file. Thus there is no need to have a CAD program to print out a set of full size plans.

Everyone can get access to Microsoft Word. Just print out the nine pages, tape then together per the instructions on Sheet 1 and start your build!

The Finch has a 20 inch wingspan and is a bit over 15 inches long. I used the popular ParkZone line of RC electronics and matched electric motor. This setup weighs next to nothing and provides plenty of power. Any other light weight set of electronic controls and motor will work just fine.

Three channel radio control Finch in a fly by

Three channel radio control Finch in a fly by

The Finch is easy to modify with different cowling arrangements, an increase in wing span or maybe changes in the tail surface outlines, just use your imagination. When working with a small model like this it is easy and affordable to make a few mods here and there, see how they work, and have a chance to experiment a bit. “Plans bashing” is the first step towards designing your own model airplane some day!

Mike recently built his version of the Finch and it came out great. See below!

 

Nose section of the Finch showing landing gear, motor and RC electronic arrangement

Nose section of the Finch showing landing gear, motor and RC electronic arrangement

 

Mike's Finch with clear yellow heat shrink covering

Mike’s Finch with clear yellow heat shrink covering