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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?

 Research & choosing the model
 Building the fuselage
 Installing the engine and radio systems
 Building the flying surfaces
 All of it!
 None of it. I'd rather someone else did it!

Peter Miller05/09/2018 08:15:46
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Posted by Dave Hess on 01/09/2018 11:19:45:

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?

I have carved a beautiful pusher prop (11 X 5) from the beechwood leg of a table.. I agree that it is most satisfying. IT worked really worked on an ENya 40 Fourstroke.

It was mounted 1/2" behind the trailing edge to the wing and made a horrendous noise.

The prop was broken when a friend picked to model up, ran his hand down the trailing edge of the wing. IT took eleven stitches to put his finger together at A&E.

My beautiful prop was ruined!crying 2angry

Martyn K05/09/2018 08:20:15
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I'd like to add an option that my most favourite bit not listed is the design activities if its a total scratch build.

Nigel R05/09/2018 12:38:07
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Reckon that falls under 'research' here Martyn.

And it's the best place to solve problems.

Bill Scott05/09/2018 13:19:59
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Wings. Love seeing the flying surfaces start to take shap

Merco 6105/09/2018 15:56:08
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What about the lovely aroma of that big stack of fresh balsa and ply.? Or peeling open some new 10a blades and prepping the sanding blocks,cleaning off the building board and sweeping up in readiness to embark upon making the best one yet? I must have built hundreds of models over the last 65 years and the buzz at starting a new one has not lessened and,I hope,never will.

Tim Flyer07/09/2018 15:27:29
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Completion is definitely my favourite. Construction is ok , but painting for me us the worst bit.

Dave Cooper 305/10/2018 19:52:37
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I like RC electronics - fault finding, trouble-shooting etc. Just building up test equipment at present...

Also, I like modifying designs and experimenting with aerodynamics (must be my Airbus, Fleet Air Arm and Full-size gliding background !).

One day hoping to do an 'own-design' and progress via PSS and EDF to Turbines. I have a bit of a weakness for the Jet Provost, Shooting Star and Grumman Panther (basically, the straight-wing jets as I think they will be little more forgiving).

Looks like a very good forum this !


Lindsay Todd06/10/2018 21:49:37
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For me its always been the design process, working out appropriate solutions and pulling the design together, the build and flying tend to mark the end of a project and I start to think about what next, Covering is my pet hate though.


PeterF07/10/2018 23:16:17
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There is one choice missing from the list of options

writing the build log on laugh

2W08/10/2018 17:26:36
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All of it except the sanding!


Former Member08/10/2018 19:07:43
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Mike Etheridge 109/10/2018 20:39:46
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The joy for me was going to the Model Shop to buy the kits and associated accessories. However when I was about 15, I got on to an (RT) bus in South Croydon opposite Heset Model Supplies / Whitgift School with my hands full of balsa and tins of dope etc . The Conductress pressed the bell and the bus zoomed off so quickly I fell into the road and the bus / Conductress just left me there. I had more fun building after that !

Jim Purcha12/10/2018 16:37:21
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I like the building stage. I could build forever, my problem is getting the plane into the air.


onetenor26/10/2018 04:31:56
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Dave Cooper 326/10/2018 17:19:29
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Three things :-

1. The smell of cellulose dope just before covering /repairing.

2. When things line-up exactly like dowels and screw holes etc. - doesn't happen very often for me but when it does it's magic !

3. Wings rocking gently as the vintage model taxies slowly over freshly-mown grass.

Simple things eh...


fly-navy26/10/2018 19:41:00
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Unfolding the plan for the first time for me, studying it for a couple of days then out with the A4 pad and going through the plan for what I need and the order to build it, I also highlight the designers notes on the plan.

Sad ain't I !!

Hate the covering, been doing it for 20odd yrs and still cannot cover model like some.

gangster27/10/2018 10:17:51
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Only working on one model is sound advice. But I don’t suppose that I will ever follow it. RCME don’t help with all the tasty plans that they keep giving us. Fallen in love with the Moonglow this month. I know it’s not the question and might be for another poll but the bit I really don’t like is hinging. Love the maiden flight some people , even quite experienced fliers , give that quite wisely to others but I could not Let someone else have the first flight of my new model

Anthony Wright 330/10/2018 21:39:18
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The part I like the best is when someone says is that another own design ,and then they say I like it! Tony Wright

Jason Channing22/11/2018 15:54:26
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The best bit is sniffing the glue in the corner of the workshop.smiley

Roo Hawkins22/11/2018 16:06:59
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The best bit of building a balsa model. The fiber glass .carbon and epoxy oops and the bit of balsa that may be used for a fin post .

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