This one is from the guys at Flite Test.
In an upcoming project I am going to start with a foam board model from Flite Test, then cut part of the fuselage off and replace the missing part with balsa sticks. Gluing balsa is different from gluing foam board, so I decided to review some basic balsa building techniques for the benefit of those who are unfamiliar with the process. Here is the setup that I use when building balsa models. In this picture the bottom is a balsa building board. Balsa building boards are difficult to find these days. Someone told me that an acoustic ceiling tile will work. There are occasionally single tiles available from a damaged package at your local home improvement store. Next layer is the plan sheet. On top is a piece of wax paper to prevent the wood glue from sticking to the plans. I usually use thumb tacks to hold the plans down and building pins, or straight pins, to hold the balsa in place while the glue dries. T-pins are still available from several suppliers, including Tower Hobbies.
Currently working on my first foam board scratch build, an Aeronca C-1. Saw this video of a full scale C-3. Thought it would be good to post.
I brought the Flite Test Old Speedster to the September Meeting for the Show & Tell. Here is the video.
Finished the Old Speedster and decided to taxi it around the back yard to make sure everything is working correctly. Looks like it is. Next is to take it to the field on a not windy morning. The landing gear is from a MultiPlex FunCub.
Not quite finished but close enough to take pictures. Still need to install the landing gear and wheel pants. Also set the control surface throw, balance, and do the range check.