Robin Kit

Our Tech

Design Principles

Aircraft design is an industry that changes almost every day. As new technologies emerge, new possibilities and solutions open up.

We have set new methods of model construction with simple and clear objectives: Strength, accuracy, and ease of construction. We look to improve the experience of the modeller in every aspect. By identifying issues in model construction, we take aim at the key challenges modellers face.

Flight Technology

As with most things, scale aircraft can be replicated to exacting detail. Some are very convincing in the hands of a skilled modeller. However, there is one aspect that can never be scaled, and that is wind.

By changing the scale of the actual wing design, behaviours of the scale kit are not the same as the full size wing. Even if the kit is not a scale version of a real plane, the principles still need to be considered.

For model aircraft flight to be smooth and consistent, wing design must conform to the new operating environment. Wind is more turbulent, and has more viscosity than full size aircraft. The behaviours of the full size version cannot deliver the same when reduced to 1/5 its designed size.

Understanding this technical issue has made us invest in serious wing foil designs. Foil designs specifically meant for scale use. Using technology from wind tunnel tests, we've been astounded at the difference in flight stability. Smooth, clean and crisp operation can be enjoyed, while dirty stall characteristics get cleaned out for a gentle and more manageable behaviour. No surprise bumps, swells, snaps, or twists. Just clean, crisp control.

Materials

In today's market, alternative materials in kit design have slowly shown some interesting options. These new materials are considered when designing a kit that could better perform with possible new benefits. However, not always do these new materials benefit the builder. This is evident when repairs need to be made to a kit.

For this reason alone, we provide fully sheeted wings on most of our kits (unless scale rules require otherwise). It is an automatic choice in our designs. Smooth consistent foil design can be maintained with a fully sheeted wing. Strength many times that of standard wing construction can be had by using fully sheeted wings.

Time investment

The excitement of building a kit quickly wears off on the third week of construction. After that, it becomes a challenge to dedicate attention to completing it.

Our Solution: With an extensive investment into the design of our kits, months of redesigning and testing is performed to ensure that modellers require only a few tools to complete a kit, we have removed all the work and built in as much as possible to aid the modeller. Our aim is to provide a product that requires less than half the expected time to build an average comparable kit.

Fit & Finish

If a substantial amount of work is required to complete some sections of a kit, then the kit is labeled as “incomplete” in design. “Grey areas” in the design of the plane leave too much for the modeller's experience to solve. Construction challenges not clearly thought out in the design will produce a custom kit for every modeller who builds it. With that, inconsistent results can be expected at the field.

Our Solution: Designing a kit specifically for laser cut components shows a large difference in quality of build. So much is gained in strength and accuracy when a kit is designed specifically for the laser. With all aspects of the construction considered, every modeller can enjoy the same easy process of assembling a kit with a snug fit.

Flexibility

The range of radio types, servo count, and wheel configurations is wide and varied. We aim to keep all options open for every modeller who dreads the idea of purchasing a new radio, additional servos, or a new engine, just for the sake of a new kit.