What to Expect
Building your own flying model with balsa wood is an extremely rewarding experience. If you've never done it, or you're just getting back into it, you'll soon be enjoying the process of constructing your own super lightweight real airframe with formers, ribs and stringers.
How to Prepare Your Tools and Workspace
Helpful tools to have might include:
- Sharp craft knife
- Cutting mat
- Pin board
- Paper - for making notes
- Small paintbrushes
Building the Airframe
Assembling your new model's wings, fuselage and tail is very exciting. They come together quickly, thanks to the laser cut parts, and you will begin to see the familiar shape of a plane appearing before you as you complete each section. Here are some videos to show you more:
Finishing It Off
Once you've constructed each of your airframe components, you'll be ready to crack on with finishing the build. Sometimes the finishing phase of a project can be one of the most time consuming parts, but with the end in sight you can power on with enthusiasm.
The reason it can be as (or more) time consuming than the airframe assembly really comes down to paying careful attention to things like sanding, covering and setting the model up for flight. If you'd like to learn more about those processes, we have made dedicated articles to help.
- Learn to cover with tissue
- Learn about sanding
- Learn how to set up your model for flight
If you would like to ask a question before diving into a build, or simply get some build inspiration, make sure to check out our Facebook group - the Vintage Model Aero Club.