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Chuck's Cardboard Model Aircraft

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My name is Chuck Felton and for most of my life I have been enjoying the wonderful hobby of building and flying model aircraft.  Over 30 years ago, a fellow modeler named Bob Miller introduced me to the concept of using corrugated cardboard as a model building material.  Back in the 1970's, Bob built 3 R/C cardboard models which appeared in R/C Modeler magazine as construction articles.  I wrote those construction articles with Bob and inked the drawings.   In the process, I became hooked on using cardboard for my own control-line designs.   Since then I have built  using cardboard exclusively for all my models.  Over the years my cardboard designs have been published as construction articles in various magazines.  Modelers often see one of my latest cardboard design articles and write me to ask if there are plans available for other cardboard designs as well.  So I thought it might be time to put this info on the web where interested modelers can see the variety of cardboard designs which are available, both R/C and C/L. 

Cardboard does have some building limitations, but as you can see by my 60" wingspan Emeraude model to the right, it can produce good scale-like appearance.  The models shown are simple in construction and inexpensive, as they use 1/8" corrugated cardboard as the primary building material.  This reduces both building time and cost.  The designs make use of cardboard's unique features in that it can be used in large sections and folded.  For instance, the wing is built of 2 large pieces of cardboard with cardboard ribs and a single spar.  The fuselage is mostly cardboard with little internal bracing required, leaving lots of room for equipment.  The result is a low cost, fast building model that has good scale appearance and can still take plenty of punishment at the flying field.  Try one of these designs or design your own.  Either way, I believe you will find it to be great fun.



By using the above navigator bar topics at the top of each page, this website  provides the following information:

  • Click 'CB Model List' for a listing of published cardboard construction articles including magazine name, issue number and plan number as well as model span, length and engine data. 
  • Click 'Construction' to view photos of typical techniques used in building a cardboard model.  
  • Click 'Model Photos' to view a photo of each model, either R/C or C/L.
  • Click 'Contact Me' to send email.  I plan to use this page to post photos of cardboard model photos sent to me.
  • Click 'Drop Tanks' to see an amazing use for paper during WW2.