Reverse Engineering – Aircraft – Subsonex R/C Model

This is a bit of fun. This job was to use our in-house design tools, SolidWorks Computer Aided Design software, publicly available 3 view drawings and photos to create a 3D Solid Model that could be used to generate wing, fuselage and canopy composite and built-up components for a remote control model aircraft.

The model initially is intended to be a 1/3 scale Electric Ducted Fan (EDF) version but a 1/2 scale gas turbine is likely.

Image of the newly created 3D model
Image of the newly created 3D model

The SubSonex is an experimental, single-place, amateur-built jet from Sonex Aircraft’s “Hornet’s Nest” development division. The aircraft is often referred to in the industry as a “microjet”. Wikipedia.
The version modeled is the SubSonex JSX-2.

At SCAD Design we have performed many projects involving reverse engineering parts for specifications and re-manufacturing. We can utilize various techniques from pure old-school hand measuring right through to 3D scanning very complex details. It all depends on the details of the parts, the accuracy required and optimizing the process.

Photo of the SubSonex JSX-2 Prototype in flight.
Photo of the SubSonex JSX-2 Prototype in flight.