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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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19 photos

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
800 forum posts
126 photos

Completion is definitely my favourite. Construction is ok , but painting for me us the worst bit.

Dave Cooper 305/10/2018 19:52:37
32 forum posts

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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548 photos

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!


David Mellor08/10/2018 19:07:43
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I've been following this with interest.

I haven't filled it in yet, though, because I can't get past question 3 that refers to something called an "engine" which isn't anything I'm familiar with.

The title of the thread refers to "new traditional balsa model plane", so maybe you should extend the question to "engine or motor"?

Or is it really engines only? And yes, I do build radio assist traditionally built balsa free flight models - with motors.

Mike Etheridge 109/10/2018 20:39:46
1450 forum posts
399 photos

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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120 photos

I like the building stage. I could build forever, my problem is getting the plane into the air.


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

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