My recent scratchbuild NiJet has brought fwd one aspect that became obvious once construction started ... size of components in relation to each other.
I drew out on the foam sheet the outline of the model and all looked fine. I reckon the old adage ' If it looks right ... it likely is right ' is quite true. But in this case once pieced together - the stabs were far too small and elevators way out of relation to overall.
So what I'm looking for is not formulae ... but ratios that would work for various styles of craft ...
If we split the types to :
General trainer high-wingers - the Easystar / Yamamoto style
General sport straight / limited taper wings - Cessna, Piper, etc. style
Conventional wing / tail intermediates / performance - incl. biplanes,
High speed swept wing / conventional wing / tail
Modern swept wing jets - F15, F18, F16 sort of stuff
Early jets - Mig15, Panther etc.
Examples : The ratio of distance wing to tail ... size of tail feathers to wing ... size of elevators .... length of nose ... length overall vs wingspan .... wing chord... taper of wing / tail .... width of fuselage .... general rule of thumb to produce a basic foundation that new guys coming into scratchbuild can use to bring their first scratchbuilds ...
I am not talking aeronautical / physics degree stuff ... this is a hobby and simple relations is enough ...
An example of the model with the quotes would be excellent so it can be graded as to what class it sits in and more relevant for people needing to start scratchbuilding.
I'm sorry that I cannot quote figures to get it started now ... I'm sitting 10mls offshore at present !!