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CNC Hot Wire Foam Cutter, CNC Router, RC Airplanes and 3D printing

FREE eBook – How to Build your own Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter

If you are looking to build your own airplanes using affordable DIY CNC machines then here is where you can find all the information you need.  Free plans, cutting lists and recommended parts to build CNC foam cutters and CNC routers with a little bit of 3D printing as well.

I’ve built several airplanes using these machines to make fuselages, wings and those hard to source parts you can make with a 3D printer.

Software is one of the biggest challenges and can be expensive too. I’ve spent many hours searching out and testing free CNC software. You can if you check out some of my posts spend very little or nothing at all.  I cover Mach3, LinuxCNC, Profili2 Pro, DevFus Foam and JediCut

My FREE eBook is a How To on building your own DIY Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter machine which you can make some unique and amazing models. It’s not that expensive when you consider the prices of models. You don’t have to crash too many big EDF foamie’s to recover the costs and its much more satisfying to fly your own design.

I’ve also built a CNC router from a kit I purchased from Ozznest which I make parts for my builds.  3d printers are very handy for those parts you can’t buy anymore.  This was the case for a propeller spinner on my Focke Wulf 190A, so I made one, challenging but very rewarding


Getting Started with DevFus Foam 2 – CNC Foam Fuselage

Getting Started with DevFus Foam 2 – CNC Foam Fuselage

  So you’ve made some wings with your Hot WIre CNC Foam Cutter and wondered if you can make a fuselage in a similar way.  I’ve been on that journey and now I can share my knowledge and experience.  I’ve … Continued
How to build a Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter

How to build a Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter

Why would you want to build a hot wire CNC foam cutter machine?  For me it was a way to build wings and fuselages for RC airplanes that weren’t readily available. Traditional building methods for RC airplanes involves lots of … Continued
Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter Detailed Build

Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter Detailed Build

The build of the Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter machine isn’t difficult just measure twice and cut once as the saying goes. This page has the build instructions, plans and cutting lists. The controller board and the stepper I’d recommend … Continued
Free CNC software to make foam wings with a Hot Wire CNC foam cutter

Free CNC software to make foam wings with a Hot Wire CNC foam cutter

You’ve built your 4 axis CNC Foam Cutter and now you need some free CNC software to generate g-code for that foam wing. If you can afford it then buying software may be the way to go, but expect to … Continued
Decals – make your own for RC airplanes with an Inkjet Printer

Decals – make your own for RC airplanes with an Inkjet Printer

When I purchased my FW190 at a model show I neglected to check if there were any decals in the kit. For several reasons I didn’t start the kit for a couple of years after I bought it.  AeroTech went … Continued
How to get started with a Linux CNC router

How to get started with a Linux CNC router

Why use Linux CNC I suppose the obvious answer is that a Linux CNC router software is FREE  to use because its Open Source. This post shows how to get the OX CNC router from OpenBuilds working with Linux CNC and a TB6560 CNC … Continued
How to Cover Wings and Fuselages in Brown Paper and White Glue.

How to Cover Wings and Fuselages in Brown Paper and White Glue.

Cheap and Strong I’ve used the brown paper method on several projects including my latest flying wing.  It makes and incredibly strong wing and can be finished in couple of ways. Best of all its cheap all you need is … Continued
RC Hawker Hurricane built with a Hot Wire CNC foam cutter

RC Hawker Hurricane built with a Hot Wire CNC foam cutter

  Why build a Hawker Hurricane in foam with a Hot wire CNC foam cutter? Well as you may have noticed on my website I’ve built a Hot Wire CNC foam cutter and built a several flying wings. So I … Continued
Free CNC software for 3 and 4 axis machines

Free CNC software for 3 and 4 axis machines

Why would I use free CNC software You’ve built your 4 Axis hot wire foam cutting machine or 3 Axis router and now you need some CNC software to controller the machine. I often get questions through this website from … Continued
OpenBuilds CNC router from Ooznest – Software

OpenBuilds CNC router from Ooznest – Software

CNC Router Software When you start looking in to CNC you see the term CAD and CAM used quite a lot and you probably know what CAD means but CAM for me wasn’t something I quite understood. So when you … Continued
Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter Parts List

Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter Parts List

To build a Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter the main parts you’ll need are stepper motors, a controller board, power supply.  The lists below are my recommended parts that are required to build a machine just like mine. Here is … Continued
6 Solutions for Mach3 Obsolete Parallel Port Interface

6 Solutions for Mach3 Obsolete Parallel Port Interface

The parallel port has been discontinued on PC’s for several years now.  It was mainly used to connecting a PC to a printer.  Mach3 was designed to use this port to send the step, direction pulse to the CNC controller … Continued
CNC Hawker Hurricane Update

CNC Hawker Hurricane Update

Here’s a progress report on my CNC Hawker Hurricane built with my Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter. The video below shows how far I’ve progressed. it’s going to be built as a Desert Air Force Hurricane IID tank buster, with … Continued
Anet A8 heated bed upgrade using ATX computer power supply

Anet A8 heated bed upgrade using ATX computer power supply

Why upgrade the Anet A8 heated bed power supply   I’ve upgraded my Anet A8 to use an ATX computer power supply(PSU) to power the heated bed.  Why would you need to do this ?  The printer worked fine without … Continued
3d Printed Red Arrows BAE Hawk

3d Printed Red Arrows BAE Hawk

  Many thanks to Eric Simon for this design. Still have some decals to add. This is for my Grandson Oscar who is 3 years old and loves my Radio Controlled Hawk. Every time he visits we have to get … Continued
Radio Controlled Plane Gallery

Radio Controlled Plane Gallery

This gallery shows picture I’ve taken at the Rotherham District and Model Flying Club.  I’m a keen photographer and these are some of the shots I’m most pleased with . Some of the models are mine but most are club … Continued
Anet A8 3D Printer why I choose it  – some build issues

Anet A8 3D Printer why I choose it – some build issues

I finally decided to get an Anet A8 3D printer which complements my other CNC machines, the router and hot-wire foam cutter. Its basically a copy of the Prusa i3 which cost a lot more. After a lot of research I decide to … Continued
TB6560 CNC 4 axis spindle relay configuration for Mach3 or LinuxCNC

TB6560 CNC 4 axis spindle relay configuration for Mach3 or LinuxCNC

TB6560 4 axis spindle relay configuration with Mach3 or LinuxCNC is fairly straight forward.   But it took me some time to figure out. So here’s how I got the board to work. I wanted to be able to control … Continued
OpenBuilds CNC router from Ooznest – Part 3

OpenBuilds CNC router from Ooznest – Part 3

The build is almost complete the OX CNC router works and I have the home limit switches installed.  Took some figuring out as I use the 2 spare wires in the RJ45 cables to send the signals back to the … Continued
OpenBuilds OX CNC router from Ooznest build – Part 2

OpenBuilds OX CNC router from Ooznest build – Part 2

Ooznest OX CNC router with Mach3 As you can see the build of the OX CNC router is almost complete.  Next step is to get the limit switches and the emergency stop installed and wired up.   I’ve used a … Continued
OpenBuilds CNC router from Ooznest -Part 1

OpenBuilds CNC router from Ooznest -Part 1

This is the build log  of the OpenBuilds OX CNC router from Ooznest. Having already built a Hot Wire CNC foam cutter I got the bug to build a CNC router.   I’ve used the TB6560 4 axis controller with Mach3 … Continued
Hot Wire CNC flying wing build details

Hot Wire CNC flying wing build details

Here’s the build details and some videos of my first hot wire flying wing made with my CNC foam cutter.  If you’d like to build  a foam cutter then I have all the information here   http://www.rckeith.co.uk/cnc-hot-wire-foam-cutter/. I’ve called it the … Continued
HobbyKing FPV – ArduPilot (HKPilot 2.7)

HobbyKing FPV – ArduPilot (HKPilot 2.7)

The FPV wing I built with my CNC hot wire foam cutter didn’t last very long.  I added a HobbyKing 3 axis gyro to it and it felt very strange on the first flight and then disaster on the second.   … Continued
Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter Frequently Asked Questions

Hot Wire CNC Foam Cutter Frequently Asked Questions

I get quite a few question from users all over the world most asking very similar questions so I thought I’d post the  most common questions and my answers here Can I use NEMA 17 steppers motors for the machine … Continued
FPV Flying Wing

FPV Flying Wing

FPV Flying Wing Build FPV (First Person View) if you don’t know is probably as near as you can get to real flying without being in one of those big simulators costing lots of money.  Basically you can see what … Continued
De Havilland Mosquito  – Tony Nijhuis 47 inch Kit

De Havilland Mosquito – Tony Nijhuis 47 inch Kit

DH Mosquito Build This is my build of the Tony Nijhuis 47” De Havilland Mosquito.  Here’s a link to Tony’s site where you can buy the kit or just the plan http://www.tonynijhuisdesigns.co.uk/multies.htm.  It was a free plan in RCM&E in … Continued
4 Axis CNC Configuration for TB6560 and Mach3

4 Axis CNC Configuration for TB6560 and Mach3

Mach3 Configuation TB6560 CNC Controller 4 Axis Mach3 is the software than turns your computer into a CNC machine controller. If you’ve found this page because you can’t get you machine to work then I hope this helps you. If … Continued
Vickers Super VC-10

Vickers Super VC-10

  This is how I built a Radio Controlled Vickers VC-10.  It took me 3 years from initial idea to maiden flight.  This wasn’t a continuous 3 years but when I could spare the time.  I sometimes thought I’d been too … Continued
P51D Mustang

P51D Mustang

This is a Cambrian P51D Mustang which is  I don’t think is available anymore I built this a several years ago and it was my first proper build,  it turned out much better than I expected.   The first flight was … Continued
Mig29

Mig29

Mig29 from www.rcpowers.com This is my Mig 29 Fulcrum built from a RCPowers plan.  http://www.rcpowers.com  This so far is the best depron plane I’ve built really impressed my clubs mates.  Dave at RCPowers has the got the motor and prop … Continued
RC Top Hobby Focke Wulf 190A

RC Top Hobby Focke Wulf 190A

My third Focke Wulf 190A This is my latest Focke Wulf 190A from RC Top Hobby which now has a 3d printed spinner, see later in the post, flies very nice.  I really do like the FW190 both version will … Continued
Depron Extra 300 electric park flyer

Depron Extra 300 electric park flyer

This is my Depron Extra 300 electric park flyer built from 6 mm depron.  The plan is from RCPowers which is a free plan. Power is a TowerPro 2409 1000KV brushless turing a 10×3.8 slow fly prop.  Battery is a … Continued
Avro Vulcan B2 Bomber

Avro Vulcan B2 Bomber

Build of a RC Avro Vulcan B2 Bomber This is the build of  Avro Vulcan B2 Bomber 36″ wingspan depron bomber with two brush-less pusher motors available from Green Air Designs. Flies extremely well on a 1300mAH Lipo battery.  Depron … Continued
Avro Lancaster Bomber

Avro Lancaster Bomber

Here is the build of a Radio Controlled Avro Lancaster Bomber from Priory Models which I’ve rebuilt twice and modified a few times. Whenever I fly her the sight of those 4 engines and twin tail in a banked turn … Continued