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Building a Hobby RC Plane with Balsa Wood

Some aspects of building balsa models can appear rather intimidating. But don't worry. It's all pretty easy once you break it down.

The vast majority of modern RC airplanes are factory-built to some degree. It is no longer mandatory to spend long hours cutting, gluing, and sanding pieces of balsa wood to create a flying model. But for many, the process of transforming lightweight lumber into a flying machine is their favorite aspect of the RC hobby. There is certainly an enhanced sense of pride when your hand-built creation takes to the skies.

Building from kits is now a niche segment of aeromodeling. It was still the norm, however, when I got into the hobby as a kid in the s. So, I learned basic building skills by necessity. I still use those skills today when building a modern kit or repairing a factory-built ship.

Some aspects of building balsa models can appear rather intimidating. But don&#;t worry. It&#;s all pretty easy once you break it down. In this article, I will walk you through the basic elements of what is involved.

About the ElectriCub II

Like so many other aspects of RC, balsa kits have benefitted from new technologies. Most new airplane kits are designed with CAD software and manufactured by laser cutting. This produces clean, sharp edges and parts that fit together perfectly (well, usually).

Not so long ago, kit components were produced by die-cutting. A cookie cutter-like tool would stamp the parts from balsa sheets. This process works fine so long as the die is sharp. But it was not uncommon to find parts with crushed or unfinished edges.

Flying any RC airplane is fun. But there is a heightened sense of pride when you&#;ve built it yourself.Flying any RC airplane is fun. But there is a heightened sense of pride when you&#;ve built it yourself.

The example kit here, a Great Planes ElectriCub II ($), is a bit of a hybrid. The design dates back to the s and it was originally produced as a die-cut kit. The version you can buy today has most of the legacy die-cut parts, along with some updated pieces that are laser-cut.

Electric-powered models from the 90s are my favorite genre of airplanes to build. Power systems of the time used brushed motors and Ni-Cad batteries. The brushless motors and LiPo batteries of today can output significantly more power at far less weight. Upgrading to a modern power system often requires a few airframe modifications, but the performance boost makes it worthwhile.

I like to incorporate new technology into older kits. This brushless motor is much lighter and more powerful than the brushed motor shown on the Cub&#;s plans.I like to incorporate new technology into older kits. This brushless motor is much lighter and more powerful than the brushed motor shown on the Cub&#;s plans.

Tools of the Trade

It probably would not be very beneficial for me to try to explain specific building techniques in a written article. I think it&#;s an ideal situation to learn by doing. You may want to start with something really simple like the AMA Cub or one of the laser-cut free-flight kits from Stevens Aero. Whatever you choose, just dive in, start building, make mistakes, and develop your own best practices.

One thing I can do is outline some of the tools you will need. Hobby knives are a must. I use a simple #11 X-Acto for most of my building. They dull quickly, so buy in bulk.

You don&#;t need many tools to build a balsa airplane. A hobby knife and sandpaper will cover most building tasks.You don&#;t need many tools to build a balsa airplane. A hobby knife and sandpaper will cover most building tasks.

Some kits require you to cut balsa sticks at precise lengths and angles to create truss structures. Mitre boxes and fine-tooth hand saws can make this job much easier. I recently began using a cheap mini table saw for this task. It probably isn&#;t powerful enough for anything other than hobby tasks, but it works great for me.

You will also need a variety of sandpaper. I typically get by with 80, , and grit. A sanding block isn&#;t mandatory, but you&#;ll be glad you have it. I use Easy-Touch bar sanders.

Like most balsa kits, guidance for building the ElectriCub comes from a step-by-step assembly manual and full-size printed plans. The manual tells you what to do while the plans define what everything should look like. Many assembly steps require you to apply wax paper over the plans and pin the balsa parts into position before gluing them together.

My workbench has a plywood top. Pins do not stick into the plywood very well. So, I like to lay out a few ceiling tiles on the benchtop. The plans and wax paper are then layered over the tiles. This gives me a flat work surface that will accept and hold pins really well.

Sticky Notes

There are countless adhesives to choose from. That topic alone could fill up several articles, but I&#;ll cover only the basics here. Most hobbyists use CA glue (cyanoacrylate) for building balsa airframes. It is available in different viscosities (thin, medium, thick). The primary appeal of CA is that it dries very quickly&#;usually within a few seconds. Spray-on accelerants can be used to speed up the process even more.

There are lots of applicable glues for working with balsa. Most modelers primarily use cyanoacrylates.There are lots of applicable glues for working with balsa. Most modelers primarily use cyanoacrylates.

For all its speedy stickiness, CA definitely has drawbacks too. Cured CA is very hard and brittle. Also, CA doesn&#;t discriminate between balsa and your skin. Anyone who uses thin CA will inadvertently glue themselves to something sooner or later&#;probably sooner.

Some modelers avoid CA because the fumes are an irritant/allergen for them. Others just don&#;t like the smell. Personally, CA doesn&#;t bother me. I use it for most of my projects. However, the accelerator gives me headaches at times.

There are lots of slower-drying alternatives to CA. Solvent based cellulose glues have been used since the early days of modeling. Some derivatives are still available. I like to use carpenter&#;s glue. It is cheap, easy to work with, and creates very strong joints. Yes, it takes several hours to dry, but that&#;s okay. In some instances, the additional working time is helpful to get all of the parts correctly aligned.

Some areas of an airframe, such as the firewall and landing gear mount, require extra strong glue joints. The traditional adhesive for these applications is 2-part epoxy. It is available in a variety of working times (5, 30, minute). Epoxy is great stuff, but it is also very heavy. It is important to use epoxy very strategically on model airplanes to avoid creating an overweight dud.

Making Sense of the Skeleton

The ElectriCub II provides a good example of the typical structure you will find in a balsa RC airplane. It should come as no surprise that there is also a lot of overlap with how wooden full-scale aircraft are built. The wing is constructed of die-cut balsa ribs, hardwood spars, and pre-shaped leading and trailing edges made of balsa. You pin the bottom spar to the plans and begin gluing all of the other pieces in place. Think of it as a 3-dimensional jigsaw puzzle. It goes together rather quickly.

Model airplane wings are constructed much like those on full-scale airplanes. Here you can see how the Cub&#;s wing is assembled over the plans.Model airplane wings are constructed much like those on full-scale airplanes. Here you can see how the Cub&#;s wing is assembled over the plans.

Construction of the fuselage involves building the left and right sides using die-cut balsa parts and sticks over the plans. A common mistake is to build two of the same side…doh! The sides are then joined together with a series of rectangular bulkheads. This is a critical task. You want to take your time and make sure that you align everything perfectly. A bobble here could introduce warps into the fuselage that make your completed model difficult or impossible to trim. I typically like to use slow-drying glues so that I can obsess over keeping things square.

The Cub&#;s tail feathers were a little unique. Some models use simple balsa sheet for the tail feathers. Others utilize a truss made of balsa sticks. This Cub has laser-cut parts to form the perimeter of each structure. Then balsa sticks are integrated to strengthen them.

The ElectriCub fuselage is built from two sides that are joined together with formers (Lee Ray photo).The ElectriCub fuselage is built from two sides that are joined together with formers (Lee Ray photo).

The laser-cut parts in the tail should have been the best fitting pieces of the entire kit. But they were actually the worst. Laser-cut parts are only as good as their design, and these were designed poorly. The curves they created were significantly different from what was shown on the plans. My options were to modify the parts to match the plans or use the parts as-is and deviate from the plans. I chose the latter.

Making it Yours

Speaking of deviating from the plans. That is one of the big advantages of building a kit. You don&#;t necessarily have to adhere rigidly to the stock layout. You can take it in any direction you like. The more kits you build, the more comfortable you&#;ll become with paving your own path.

Building a model yourself allows you to incorporate your own custom touches. I added tubes in each wingtip to serve as camera mounts for capturing in-flight footage.Building a model yourself allows you to incorporate your own custom touches. I added tubes in each wingtip to serve as camera mounts for capturing in-flight footage.

I built my kit at the same time that my buddies, Fitz and Lee, built their own ElectriCubs. We all started with the same kit, but ended up with significantly different airplanes! I&#;m usually the adventurous one, but not this time. I built a moderately powered civilian Cub in the traditional yellow trim scheme. Fitz gave his airplane gobs of power and the markings of a US Navy NE Lee got very imaginative and created a fantasy twin-engined Cub.

The modifications I made to my Cub were relatively minor. Obviously, I made changes to accommodate a brushless power system and a LiPo battery. It was merely a matter of fabricating a simple mount for each component.

Per the plans, a single standard-size servo drives both ailerons via a flexible cable. Modern mini servos are inexpensive and powerful. So I simplified things by using a Tactic TSX-5 mini servo ($9) for each aileron. This saves a little weight and omits the complexity of an internal cable. I saved additional weight by using TSX-5 servos for the rudder and elevator controls as well.

I thought that the stock window cutouts were considerably undersized. I expanded them to more accurate proportions by cutting the fuselage sheeting and repositioning the affected doublers. My only other notable modification was to add ¼&#;-diameter vertical tubes near each wingtip. This allows me to easily mount action cameras to the Cub for capturing in-flight footage.

Slip Me Some Skin

Completing the structure of a balsa model can be very deceptive. A commonly-used phrase for this milestone in the process is &#;75% down, 75% to go.&#; The point is that having a framed out airframe makes it feel as if you&#;re near the finish line. But the reality is that there is a lot of work left to be done. One of the primary tasks is to cover up all of your previous work by giving your airplane an outer skin.

It takes practice and plenty of prep work to achieve a smooth finish with iron-on covering. Note the small iron that is designed specifically for this task.It takes practice and plenty of prep work to achieve a smooth finish with iron-on covering. Note the small iron that is designed specifically for this task.

The modern day covering of choice is plastic film with heat-sensitive adhesive. The basic idea is that you apply panels of the covering to the airframe by adhering the borders with an iron. You then shrink it tight with a heat gun. It sounds simple, right? Well, it is in theory. There is definitely a learning curve to achieving a smooth finish and making the 2-dimensional film conform to compound curves without wrinkling. The good news here is that most mistakes are purely cosmetic. You have to foul up pretty badly before an amateur covering job will affect a model&#;s flight performance to any significant degree.

One of the keys to achieving a nice finish is making sure that the airframe is smooth. The iron-on covering does not hide bumps and low spots in the wood structure. It accentuates them. So plan on doing a lot of sanding…and then a little more. The smoother the airframe, the smoother the covering.

A household iron will work for applying covering, but using them is really cumbersome. Hobby shops carry irons and heat guns that are made specifically for this job. They&#;re reasonably priced and make things so much easier.

Final Stretch

Once your model is covered, you basically have the equivalent of a factory-built model. The end is finally in sight and the maiden flight isn&#;t far away. You&#;ll still need to install a power system and radio gear. But those are skills which are not specific to kit building. So, we can cover those topics another time. Some modelers see that first flight as the payoff for all of the hours invested in building. Others see it as their cue to start looking for their next kit to build.

There are thousands of RC Cub models out there. But you won&#;t find another that is exactly like the one you&#;ve built yourself!There are thousands of RC Cub models out there. But you won&#;t find another that is exactly like the one you&#;ve built yourself!

Building an RC airplane from a kit demands considerable time, a few specialized skills, and it usually costs more than a pre-built model. Even so, the benefits of kit building are substantial. First of all, building can be relaxing and enjoyable. There is also the bonus that a model you&#;ve built is uniquely yours. Every piece has your fingerprints on it (and maybe even a little blood). I can tell you that it is a pretty awesome feeling to see something you&#;ve built with your own hands take flight (and land safely). Try it yourself and see.

More Info

For anyone interested to learn more specifics about my ElectriCub II, I encourage you to listen to RC Roundtable podcasts 41 and I joined my buddies to discuss our collective experiences with building, modifying, and flying this classic balsa kit. You can also view videos that Fitz and Lee created about their specific ElectriCub II models.

Terry is a freelance writer living in Buffalo, NY. Visit his website atTerryDunn.organd follow him onTwitterandFacebook. You can also hear Terry talk about RC hobbies as one of the hosts of theRC Roundtablepodcast.

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The Robinhood 25's bigger brother, now better than ever. 

The Robinhood 80 is based on the original kit marketed by World Engines in the 's, but we have updated it significantly to more closely resemble the Curtiss Robin built back in the 's.

While still a fun-scale design, it is easy to build and retains all of the great flying characteristics that make a good sport airplane. In the air, the Robinhood 80 is a true barnstormer and is at it's best when cruising on a lazy afternoon or performing some gentle aerobatics.

Power can be from 20cc gas, glow or an equivalent electric setup. We've designed the fuselage with a built-in hatches so you have quick access to your fuel (or batteries) and and radio system.


All of the formers, ribs, tips and other specialty parts come laser-cut. These pieces are engineered to fit together with a minimum amount of tools and/or jigs to align properly them.

The fuselage can be built as an inline version (as shown) or with a slightly shorter nose if you're rather install your own radial engine for that classic look.

Utilizing our unique WEB-LOCK construction, you can build both wing panels straight and true - with a minimum amount of fuss. Both wing panels are removable for easy transportation and storage, attaching to the fuselage with functional struts and a few bolts.

Included in each Old School Model Works kit are full-sized rolled plans, a printed construction manual, pre-bent main gear, hand-selected balsa and ply woods, and a premium hardware package from brand-name, USA manufacturers (DuBro, Sonic-Tronics, and others) to guarantee the best quality.

What's more is you can cover and finish your Robinhood 80 like you want, rather than being stuck with a "me-too" offering that look exactly the same as the others at your local field.

 

Specifications:

Wingspan: 80 inches

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Length (airframe only): 58 inches

Weight: lbs. (framed), lbs.(rtf)

 

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Power:

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Who Makes the Best Balsa Wood Airplane Kits? Look For These

Building balsa wood model airplanes can be tricky, fun, exciting, frustrating, and thrilling all at the same time.

So when deciding which one to choose, you may want to consider which is the best option that your money can buy.

Of course, a company with a stellar reputation and years of experience is your best bet.

Who makes the best balsa wood airplane kits? Guillow and Dumas have been designing and manufacturing balsa wood model planes for a combined total of almost years and are considered to be the best. They carry balsa planes in both static and remote control versions and feature a variety of historic replicas and modern-day models.

This article will detail model airplanes and go over their various categories and types, touching on what you should focus on when considering which is best for you.

Then we will go over the three main companies that manufacture balsa wood model airplanes and consider them all for top contenders.

Lastly, we will look at which glue you should use for your balsa wood model and how far can some balsa gliders fly. 

Balsa Wood Airplane Kits Overview

The hobby of aircraft modeling (also commonly known as aeromodeling) has been popular for almost years and started in the s.

The hobby involves constructing small-scale replicas of famous airplanes of yesteryear and from modern times. 

You can choose many designs, ranging from simple gliders to the most accurate scale models.

To some, this might seem like a drag considering today&#;s digital world.

However, this hobby keeps your hands and eyes busy, and you will be astounded at what you can learn from an engineering perspective, even if it is constructed out of balsa wood. 

There are two categories for model airplanes: static (non-flying) or flying.

Hence, once complete, you can arrange it on your shelf as part of a collection, or if you fancy yourself a pilot, you can purchase a radio-controlled model and take to the skies. 

You can get model airplanes made from plastic, metal, and other forms of material manufactured by well-known companies such as Revell; however, here we will be looking at balsa wood-constructed airplane models. 

Why Are Airplane Kits Made From Balsa Wood?

The balsa tree (also known as Ochroma pyramidale) is commercially used for many applications because it is the softest and lightest commercial hardwood.

This means it is perfect for model airplanes because the wood makes them easy to construct and they are lightweight, so they are more likely to fly. 

What Types of Airplane Kits Can You Get?

There are various types of balsa wood model airplanes as we discussed; you can classify them into two categories: static and flying.

For the category that allows the model airplane to fly, we can further break that category down into three more categories.

We won&#;t go into too much detail about them because, for the most part, many people only consider building static models or ones with radio controls. 

The categories include free flight (F/F), control line (C/L), and radio control (RC).

Free flight models are designed to allow the model to fly without any attachment to the ground.

Control line models utilize a cable typically attached to the wing leading to the pilot, and radio-controlled models use a transmitter that a pilot operates from the ground. 

Before deciding who manufactures the best balsa wood airplane kits, know that there are various types of models within each category. These include:

  • Simple kits.
  • Scale replicas.
  • Historical.
  • Flyable.

Simple kits have a ton of detail and have precut parts or laser-cut pieces, and you can easily snap them together.

Scale replicas allow you to build real-life aircraft to scale, with the most popular scales being , , and

Historical kits are for fans who love airplanes from history (typically from war eras), and WWII kits always take top position. 

These are all the factors you need to consider when deciding which balsa wood airplane kits are the best.

Now, let&#;s take a look at the top manufacturers and some of their kits, relate them to our categories, and see who comes out the winner. 

Guillow&#;s Balsa Wood Airplane Kits

Guillow is by far the oldest and longest running company with relation to model airplanes.

They started all the way back in (that&#;s almost years) and offer the widest variety you can choose from regarding model airplanes of any nature. 

From the beloved P Mustang, which is one of the most popular among beginners and enthusiasts alike (find it here) to the Thomas Morse Scout of WWI, Guillow offers the finest balsa wood planes you can find.

With everything from the British SE 5-A to modern-day aviation planes, such as the F Eagle (see it here), this is the place to shop if you want top-quality model airplanes.

Dumas Balsa Wood Airplane Kits

Dumas is the second longest running company regarding balsa wood airplanes, founded all the way back in

They started off primarily as model boat manufacturers but evolved into incorporating and producing model airplanes as well. 

As of now, Dumas sports over model airplane kits, which is actually more than their boat range and approximately the same as the model airplane range from Guillows.

Also made from the highest quality and with precise attention to detail, their balsa wood model airplane range is phenomenal. 

Awesome planes, like the DH C-2 Beaver and the Sopwith Triplane, come with incredible detail and authentic decals, sure to please any plane fan.

Viloga Balsa Wood Airplane Kits

Not much is known about Violga as a company, which is a bit strange considering you can purchase many of their balsa model airplanes on Amazon.

Their reviews range from amazing to not so bad, but it depends on the model you buy, and for the most part, they seem to make good-quality balsa wood models.

However, their range is limited, but the plus side is that the models usually contain amazingly intricate details.

For instance, check out the Deperdussin Monocoque and the Piper Cub J-3.

So Which Balsa Wood Airplane Kit Is the Best?

This would really depend on the person investing in the model and is relative to a degree.

However, by far, Dumas and Guillow make the best balsa wood airplane models.

The P Mustang is among the most highly rated and is a fan favorite throughout the world, and Guillow sells that specific model. 

Factors to consider are preference and taste regarding building habits, price, size, type, paint, and extras.

Furthermore, these factors will vary across the board regarding each model and how different they are.

In the end, it is up to you, but if you are unsure of what to get, then visit the company&#;s website or Amazon for customer reviews of the specific model you are interested in. 

What Is the Best Glue for Balsa Wood?

The most common glue or adhesive that many individuals swear by is cyanoacrylate (CA glue).

If you can&#;t pronounce the word, don&#;t worry; the more commonly used name is super glue.

Super glue is excellent for bonding and keeping materials like balsa wood, metals, and other model airplane materials secure permanently. 

The only thing you have to note is that you should be using a medium viscosity super glue when building your balsa wood models. 

How Far Can Balsa Gliders Fly?

For individuals that are experienced in making balsa wood gliders, they can fly as far as 60 feet and sometimes even a little further than that.

Detailing how to build a glider that flies that far is beyond the scope of this article; however, the following video demonstrates how to do so.

Conclusion

We discovered that three main companies make the best balsa wood airplane models: Guillow, Dumas, and Viloga.

Guillow has been around the longest and sports some of the most beloved models that many people enjoy, with Dumas being a close second. 

Whichever balsa wood model you decide to purchase, make sure that you cater to your tastes, and that means choosing the one you would enjoy building, looking at, and flying.

That is what it will ultimately boil down to when choosing between the three main competitors. 

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_aircraft

https://radiocontrol.fandom.com/wiki/Model_aircraft

https://www.guillow.com/index.aspx

https://www.dumasproducts.com/about-us/

https://www.chicagotribune.com/consumer-reviews/sns-bestreviews-toys-the-best-model-airplane-kitsxjfvgwtbfbonjen7ocsidjzcq-story.html

https://www.modelsteam.co.uk/model-aircraft/balsa-wood-aircraft-kits/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ochroma

https://starbond.com/blogs/tutorials/repair-balsa-model-airplane-with-superglue#

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDBAYe6iQhU

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