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Which part of building a new traditional balsa model plane do you enjoy the most?

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Q: Which part of building a new traditional balsa aeroplane do you enjoy the most?







Wings etc  










(411 votes)

john stones 130/08/2018 23:59:54
10605 forum posts
1480 photos

Wings without a doubt, no idea why.

Maidens...I love em, it's the whole point of the build, otherwise why fit it out with gubbins ?

Cuban831/08/2018 07:32:42
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13 photos

One thing I learned early on is that especially with plan builds is never to put off a difficult part of the job until later - solve the issue when you encounter it, otherwise you'll finish up with half a dozen 'difficult' bits at the end of the job.

Don Fry31/08/2018 09:25:14
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42 photos

I enjoy the procrastination bit of the problems, where ideas are turned over in yer head. Fine way to waste time.

Martin Harris31/08/2018 09:36:25
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216 photos

I'm a fuselages man and voted for that as my choice - wing building is a necessary evil in my opinion, but I also get a great sense of achievement from the myriad of problem solving opportunities throughout a build. I plan my radio and other equipment installations right from the earliest stages to try to avoid difficulties later.

The maiden is the most eagerly anticipated point of the process and the main driving factor of any build.

Tim Ballinger31/08/2018 09:59:14
545 forum posts
229 photos

I just get addicted as soon as an idea starts to come into my head. After that I am obsessive and can not leave it alone until it is finished. Love it all especially the ‘bench flying’ .


Brian Cooper31/08/2018 09:59:29
446 forum posts
20 photos

I quite like building, but the best part is taking them out to fly. . . I can't wait.


Colin Carpenter31/08/2018 11:37:07
556 forum posts
35 photos

None ! That’s what the nice Chinese are for !!!😂😂😂😂Colin

Bob Cotsford31/08/2018 12:01:00
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Posted by Martin McIntosh on 30/08/2018 20:48:04:

Bob, I find covering the easy bit. Film, glassing, tissue etc which I am willing to do but at a price--------!

Martin, I'm just a poor pensioner or I'd take you up on that! I have a 63" Lavockin sitting there in it's brown paper wrapping begging for a coat of paint, I've put it on the back-burner in favour of some ARTFs and refurbs.

Danny Fenton31/08/2018 13:42:08
9109 forum posts
3947 photos

It appears I am odd, I like the covering, painting and detailing I wonder if there is a local therapy group.....



The Wright Stuff31/08/2018 15:59:14
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226 photos

I put 'building the fuselage'. I usually like building the first wing too, but the novelty sometimes wears off before completing the second...

John Stainforth31/08/2018 23:04:31
310 forum posts
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I prefer the fuselage, simply because there is only one of them. For all the other parts - wings, ailerons, tailplanes, elevators, floats, there are two of them and the construction of the second tends to get a little tedious.

john stones 131/08/2018 23:11:08
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Posted by Danny Fenton on 31/08/2018 13:42:08:

It appears I am odd, I like the covering, painting and detailing I wonder if there is a local therapy group.....



Yes Danny, I believe it starts in October. wink

Edited By john stones 1 on 31/08/2018 23:11:28

Piers Bowlan01/09/2018 07:08:01
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Posted by Danny Fenton on 31/08/2018 13:42:08:

It appears I am odd, I like the covering, painting and detailing I wonder if there is a local therapy group.....

It may start in October but Danny is beyond help! wink 2

Personally I am a 'Wing' man and even stranger, I love cutting out the ribs. Am I the only one?


Edited By Piers Bowlan on 01/09/2018 07:10:41

Rich too01/09/2018 08:15:00
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Posted by Peter Miller on 30/08/2018 21:06:11:

All of it when I think about it, although I did not really enjoy applying almost 80 capstrips to the wings of my MAK 15 MP.

One thing that I have learned over the years. ONLY WORK ON ONE MODEL UNTIL IT IS FINISHED or they will NEVER be completed.

Great advice, but no fun and very difficult to follow wink

J D 801/09/2018 08:19:02
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74 photos

I am at the other end of the scale Piers and hate cutting out ribs, you might be the only one.

I like old time models and am just starting a Veron Cardinal but it is a modern kit with all laser cut parts.smiley John.

leccyflyer01/09/2018 08:56:13
1253 forum posts
302 photos

It's been a long time since I last built a traditional balsa kit, but I'd put it equally between the research part, as I always really enjoy that bit, and the covering. Not so much the painting, but on kit builds I find tissue and dope, or even film covering to be very calming and theraputic. Even though the results are not perfect I do enjoy that bit. The main construction of the airframe is just a means of getting there and the sanding is a chore, made worse by the need to wear a mask.

leccyflyer01/09/2018 08:58:55
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Posted by Danny Fenton on 31/08/2018 13:42:08:

It appears I am odd, I like the covering, painting and detailing I wonder if there is a local therapy group.....



Yes, the detailing is great - what I call Blue Peter modelling, fashioning little bits and pieces from scrap items found around the home. I'm a sucker for cockpit detail which never gets seen again. Love seeing your detailing tips in the column Danny - keep up the good work.

Former Member01/09/2018 09:25:59
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Dave Hess01/09/2018 11:19:45
303 forum posts
18 photos

Where's carving the propeller.I used to do that when I was 11 years old on the rubber-powered planes of the day. There's nothing more satisfying than starting with a block of balsa and ending up with a beautifully shaped propeller. does anybody still do that?

Graham Ashby (Editor)05/09/2018 00:07:08
108 forum posts
124 photos
2 articles

I'd have to say all of it. My biggest problem is getting sidetracked, going off on a tangent and struggling to get back. Keeping my existing fleet airworthy is sometimes challenge enough and usually provides the perfect reason to avoid a nasty job. What is it they say? "Never put off till tomorrow, that which you can do the day after" ...Seems perfectly reasonable...

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