Website visitor Alain Pons, of France, wrote with
this great information on his decades-long involvement with designing, building, and flying
radio controlled canard model airplanes. Alain graciously agreed to allow me to post his story,
photo. and video. He hopes to soon submit plans for his canard, which I am sure will be
welcome by modelers looking for a proven design to build, so stay tuned...
Very happy to know you are interested of my work on my canards. I think I am an old dinosaur
I was born in 1953 and began to glue balsa when I was 10 years old, following my father
in free flight, fly by wire and later R/C. And now jets and war birds with big radial engines
Today very few modelists in my country are building their own models .It is the era of
the "ready to fly." Beginning quickly often means "ready to crash..."
The pleasure to study, build and try his own plane has disappeared, alas.
The canard on the video (see below) has flown more than 15 years. I offered it to a very
good friend of mine, but the model ended its life due to a switch failure last year. It flew
full throttle vertical to the ground. A beautiful explosion - Sob!
Here are the specifications for the canard in the photo:
All wooden construction (balsa , plywood, spruce).
Wing span: 1,80 meters.
Airfoil: Foil :NACA 0012 (stab NACA 008) -thin enough for a good speed and good aerobatic
Length: 1,40 meters
Weight: 4 kg (empty).
Engine: An old .61 Webra speed with a 11x8 prop (pusher) .This engine has flown on an
antic "enforcer" during more than 25 years.
All the plane is squared. Very easy to build:4 sheets of balsa wood for the fuselage .
No sweepback, and no dihedral for the wing.
The several ribs of the wing are all the same - easy to cut .
The large fins are made with 8 mm balsa wood and stuck on each side of the wing.
For the landing gear: Piano wire (4mm) and a classic nosewheel.
The tank is, of course, exactly on the CG.
The covering: Diacov for the wing and paper painted for the fuselage and stab.
You need 6 servos - 1 for the throttle (Futaba 3001 for example), 2 for ailerons, 2 for
the rudders (tiny mpx or hitec hs 81), 1 for the nose wheel.
A 4/6 channel radio. A 5 cell 3300 mah NiMH in the nose for the balance.
The flight is easy but do not forget that the engine is pusher .The fins are not blown
by the wind of the prop. It flies like a jet and it is a good trainer before flying a jet
Now I am going to draw the plan on my computer(not very easy for me) in order to send it
in my next mail.
You will post your article for your friends.
Today, I am building a new canard on the same design ,but slightly bigger. I have saved
several parts of planes crashed on my club: two stabs (one from an extra 300 -2,30m and an
other one from an Sbach of the same size ), a landing gear with wheels. I studied the model
with these spares .The fuselage has been built in plywood (4 mm) and the wing in foam covered
with a sheet of same (0,8 mm) glued with PU glue and a vacuum pump .
For the power, a 55 cc with a pusher prop (20x10). If the flight is perfect (like the last
canard on the video), this engine will be replaced by a turbine (8 kg thrust). I hope so .
Specifications for the new canard:
Wingspan :2,25m (Chord 40 cm)
Long :1,85m .Weight empty : 8 kgs.
I'll send you few photos if you want.
Alain Pons' Custom Canard Design
Posted November 18, 2017
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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model
building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through
a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which
all began in Mayo, MD