Hot Wire CNC flying wing build details

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Here are 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

I’ve called it the YMF-38 as its 38″/960mm wingspan.  It uses MH-45 airfoil sections and a 2200KV brushless motor with a 6×4 prop.  A 2200mAH Lipo gives about 8-10 minutes flying.  It flies really well and is quite fast.  I used XPS foam with 9-gram servos.  I’ve had a few servo failures using the cheap 9 grams so now I use the metal-geared MG90S which are sometimes as cheap as the plastic geared servo’s.

I’ve built a few now with white Styrofoam as well,  a bit cheaper and if you follow my covering process, very strong.

The wing was designed in Profili Pro 2 which creates the g-code I then load into to Mach 3

If you need Free options to make the wing then LinuxCNC and my article here has all the details.

Here are the dimensions.  Center of Gravity is 6.25″/158mm from the nose.  The endplates are 6mm depron which you can be any design you like.

flying wing design

Here’s the setting from Profili2 Pro. This software has now been replaced by DevWing Foam which I have upgraded to and will update the page and have a video tutorial

foam block settings

Once you’ve cut the wing then you need to trim the root and tip to the correct angles.  Check my video it explains the process and will save wasting a lot of foam.

Here’s the placement of the 3mm carbon rods.  I use a Dremel with tile attachment to cut a slot and filled them with lightweight filler. Link here to the Dremel 556 Tile Kit

I then covered it in iron-on Solar film.  The battery is secured with velcro and a velcro strap that goes through the wing. The launch is very easy because on the underside there is a small grip which you can hold and apply about 3/4 throttle and she leaps away. See the second video below the video’s below


Here’s the finished YMF-38.  She flies extremely well and can really eat up the sky

hot wire cnc flying wing
The YMF-38 flying wing

Stupid Boy

I crashed it.  I’d forgotten to check my transmitter rates switches and the elevator was on a low rate setting.  Took off and thought this wasn’t right better land, but before I could it just wouldn’t pull up and I end up in a field of oilseed rape (canola) crop surrounding the flying field. Tried to find it but this type of crop it very difficult to get through when it’s almost ready for harvest, so I had to leave it. Damn.

Well after about 2 weeks the crop was cut and one of the other club members spotted it on his way home.  Everything still worked apart from one servo but I will not trust the receiver as the whole air-frame felt wet.  So time to make another.

New Hot Wire CNC Flying Wing

This is the rebuilt wing I’ve used white foam and 3 carbon rods and then its been covered in brown paper and solar film.  Weight was 405 grams without battery and with a 3S 2200 mAh 608 grams.  The videos below show the search, recovery rebuild and Maiden flight.

  • Part 1 Crash, Search and Recovery, Foam cores made on Hot Wire CNC
  • Part 2 Spars, Joining and covering in Brown Paper, PVA
  • Part 3 Covering in Solar Film, Final assembly and Maiden Flight
  • Part 4 Onboard footage and some 4S Lipo Fun

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