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RCadvisor's ModiFly: Design and Build From Scratch Your Own Modern Flying Model Airplane In One Day for Just $5 [Paperback]

Carlos Reyes
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Book Description

July 1, 2009

Experience firsthand the joys of building and flying your very own model airplane design. Put into practice the lessons from my previous book, RCadvisor's Model Airplane Design Made Easy. Follow along as we design, build, and fly a modern radio-controlled model airplane.

Lofty Design Goals

Incorporating the latest innovations and research results, the design looks deceptively simple. However, 20 prototypes had to be built before one finally met all the design goals:

  • Build it in just one day for less than $5.
  • A joy to fly with no bad habits.
  • Build either a park flyer or an indoor slow flyer.
  • New pilots can fly it without ailerons.
  • Sturdy enough to survive hard landings.
  • Easy to build for new scratch builders.
  • Kid-friendly free flight glider version.
  • Use inexpensive electric power systems and radio gear.
  • Great starting point for your own unique designs.

You can easily find the construction materials for the airplane at local discount or craft stores. So what are you waiting for?

An Inside Look at the Design Process

The book starts by describing the goals and the long prototyping process that led to the final design. Along the way you get to see firsthand the challenges that creating an innovative design presents. Learn the reasoning behind all the decisions that led to this unique design.

A stand-alone book, it is complemented nicely by RCadvisor's online model airplane calculator and my first model airplane design book. Picking up where that book left off, it takes a very pragmatic approach to the entire design process.

Carlos Reyes founded in 2007. He's had a life-long love affair with aviation, building and flying model airplanes since childhood. He holds a Private Pilot-Glider license and is the Vice President of his local model airplane club.


"Carlos Reyes is quickly building a reputation as a talented and experienced RC model aircraft expert and author. His first book, titled RCadvisor's Model airplane Design Made Easy, set the stage for what I'm sure will be a series of books that will allow a rank beginner to get a start and then progress to any desired level in our wonderful hobby.

The amount of detail in this new book is incredible and will certainly apply to many other aircraft that you build as you grow in the hobby. Carlos Reyes has a truly enjoyable style of writing. Fun to read while you are learning so much at the same time!

This new book is excellent for any age group be they young or old. This is absolutely A MUST READ! I can only imagine (and look forward to) what book number three will be like!"

- Bob Aberle, AMA 215, Technical Editor, Model Aviation magazine

"I was really hoping Carlos' next book would be informative, entertaining, helpful, and have a brilliant educational aspect for RC flying hobbyists. However, this book didn't quite do this; it was BEYOND these expectations! Carlos kicks out another winner with this one. Yes, you can have entertaining and helpful media in RC other than podcasts!"

- Jamie Burke, Host,

"Invading the mind of a designer is an intriguing adventure. After reading just the first chapter about the goals, along with what did and didn't work on the prototypes, I was eager to read on to see how the modified design worked out. Carlos continues by explaining what considerations were used, and how they were derived, to pick a "Winner" from the many prototypes. I carefully studied Carlos' ideas and techniques and learned a lot about designing this type of plane. I am so excited about the design that I just have to build one to try it out.

- Ken Myers, Editor, The Ampeer

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About the Author

Reyes is an Irish-American poet blessed with an hispanic name.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982261349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982261347
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another deceptively simple title July 19, 2009
Carlos second book is, like the first, deceptively simple. It looks at first sight like a whole book devoted to "how to make" a low cost, scratch built foamy for under $5.00. But it's not. As the pre-reviews (or whatever those testimonials that are now compulsory at the start of any computer/photography/craft book are called) make clear, this is a book about the design process NOT just an instruction book. Although there are plenty of sources on how to use materials and lots of stuff on why a particular solution is the best, I don't think I know of anything else that so elegantly takes you through the compromise optimization decision process that is the core of model aircraft design. Setting some pretty tough standards for the design limits; <$5 total cost, virtually no Hobby Shop supplies, sound technical design that can be traced to aerodynamic principles; Carlos comes up with an effective flexible 30" span electric. The real jewel in this book though is the explanation of the thought processes which lead to each decision. Although designed as as second book to put into practice his more theoretical "Model Airplane Design Made Easy", I think they might even be taken in the reverse order. For a beginning designer, following this practical guide, then thoroughly reading the theory might work even better. My only minor gripe? I would love to have seen a nice isometric GA drawing of the model at the start of the book. Remember those wonderful exploded drawings in the old Graupner kits? It would make it much easier to see how it all fits together as you read through it. I'm not sure the (brilliant) triangular fuselage and the KFm1 wing construction are immediately obvious to a beginner with no knowledge or a familiarity only with conventional ARF construction. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars All Good Stuff April 4, 2015
By Ward K.
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Hey, RC-ers: Anything that Carlos Reyes writes you should read; he is helpful with us all, to the pro interested in aerodynamics of airfoils, to simple 4 ch homemade foamies. This fellow is eager to help and teach in simple language in his books and anywhere else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RCadvisors Modifly August 25, 2015
By Ezgoin
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Great book for those new to building "foamie" scratch build planes. Everything is outlined in clear easy to understand format. Great tips for saving money by making your own parts or buying from less expensive sources
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By Tsavah
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A good book for the RC pilot who wants to build a RC flying model and test or expand current construction skills. There are also some building hints and tricks for those who have already made a few simple flying models from foam. The author's objective was to introduce the reader to a first, hand made, foam flyer, but the information and skills discussed also apply to those who have constructed one or more basic RC foam flyers. This is one book I will keep in my RC model aircraft library for many years to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Price June 15, 2010
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Right up front the author tells you one of the "un-goals" of his design was to be "sexy". Check that box! Un-goal accomplished. I was not thrilled by the overall design and will probably never actually build it(and the hot pink paint job did NOT help). However, there were so many great building tips, design tips, economizing ideas, tips for test flights and guidance for troubleshooting flight problems that book was more than worth the cost.

...and I'm in total agreement with another reviewer somewhere here. This is a great companion book for his other title "Radio Airplane Design Made Easy". Many parts of this book will be in my future foam "builds".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title February 10, 2010
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This book has absolutely zero information about how to design a model airplane. It is basically just instructions on how to build the plane the author designed, which is ok, but I bought the book hoping to design my own planes. Also the book does not discuss the radio control equipment used for the plane, and the $5 price certainly doesn't take into account the radio control gear or the motor. An already complete and crashed model could probably be rebuilt for $5 but initial cost will be much higher.
Other than the above mentioned problems with the book it is a decent set of instructions for making a nice foam airplane that will be cheap and easy to repair when you crash it. Yes you will crash your plane. The pictures are not the best, and there is no overall blueprint for the entire airplane, but it is buildable by following the steps the author has laid out.
To be satisfied, buy the cheapest used copy of this book that you can find, and don't expect too much from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dissapointment November 18, 2010
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Being a hard core remote control pilot, I was looking forward to expert tips on how to scratch build my first plane in this world of ARF's and RTFs. Unfortunately, the material is sparse, and not well explained. He only covers the use and construction of ONE airfoil, and doesn't adequately explain why the first time builder should use this basic basic design. In fact, if there are any budding home aeronauts out there who haven't "discovered" this airfoil and already used it - I would be very surprised. I was expecting in depth explanations, advanced building techniques, and many photos and illustrations of famous designs and references to the heros of this sport from the beginning and was very, very dissapointed. Save your money, and purchase just about any other tome on this field - or better yet materials and discover some yourself.
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