Assembling Your First Model: What To Expect

Posted by James on 10th Sep 2019

Assembling Your First Model: What To Expect

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 
  • Scissors 
  • Pins 
  • Sandpaper
  • Pencil 
  • 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:

Wings 

Fuselage 

Tail 


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.


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