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  1. hitjim

    Help! Dumas 302 30" Gee Bee E Power Pack Selection

    Hey folks! I'm planning a RC conversion of a 30" Gee Bee Model E by Dumas. It's been done before but with some out-of-date HobbyKing gear. https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?3043706-Dumas-30-Gee-Bee-Model-E-Rubber-to-Electric-Conversion/page2 I figured I'd try a Power Pack A...
  2. FoamyDM

    Plane Minimoa50 1.0

    Enjoy this beautiful 50" gull-wing glider modeled from the Hirth Glider designs. History This type of craft goes way back to the early day of flight. beautiful and graceful gull lines. make it an idea reconnaissance glider in the wars This smaller model is easy to transport and feature 2...
  3. Jackson T

    PC 21 Scratch Build

    @FPVAirCombat has inspired me to build a PC 21 for scale cockpit FPV. He does some really nice scale flying and dogfighting with his FMS PC 21, and he posts the videos on this thread. I decided it looked like too much fun to miss out on, so I have designed my own out of balsa! Specs: Wingspan...
  4. willsonman

    Winter Build 2019-2020: Top Flite P-51 (0.60 size)

    So here we go: So, for those of you who don't want to sit through 9:23 of thorough explanation I'll give a brief rundown of this project. @AkimboGlueGuns planted a seed in my brain that blossomed into diving into my engineering skill set. There have been a couple of great examples of constant...
  5. FoamyDM

    FTFC20 Mara designed by FoamyDM - The Flying Mustache

    This the entry of the MARA designed by FoamyDM The graceful swept curves of this Thermal Soarer are enticing, I am drawn to the unique construction methods employed to build this unique craft. History: The craft was designed in 1999 by Markku Tähkäpää, reknown veteran Finnish modeler. but...
  6. MarioGdV

    Piper Cub J-3 Build Log

    Hi! As the title says, I'm going to build my first balsa kit, a 1200mm Piper Cub J3. It's definitely a bad choice for a first kit, since it's from Banggood, but I've read the instructions and I think it doesn't seem that hard. However, I can always ask you for help if I need it (I will). The...
  7. rockyboy

    Gee Bee Dreamer Bipe

    Time for another swap meet rescue build! :D This time it's the classic Dreamer Biplane designed by Jon Foster with plans published in the June 1972 Flying Models Magazine. The specs are 39.5" wingspan, designed for .40 sized glow fuel motor, and 4.5 pounds. The design was later kitted by Gee...
  8. MarioGdV

    Foam-Planes flyer wants to start in balsa kits

    All the plane's I've flown are made out of foam. I was thinking in build a balsa plane after designing my own foam plane, and that's what I was doing until my PC crashed. I'm currently getting it repaired, but it will take a few weeks and I surely won't be able to recover the data, including the...
  9. Balsa Glider

    Balsa Glider

    Mini balsa glider
  10. Balsa Gliders

    Balsa Gliders

  11. JTarmstr

    Balsa Noob. Guillows A1-H Skyraider

    So i recieved a Guillows A1-H Skyraider kit as a gift for my birthday. I have been thinking about it for a bit and trying to decide what to do with it, part of me wants to convert it to RC and the other half of me wants to make it exactly as it should be with free flight. So i am posting to...
  12. W

    DaVinci Glider Inspired Scratch Build--Wood AND Foam

    So here's my first concept-to-flight continuous post: It all started when my friend Dylan heard that I scratch build airplanes. He immediately suggested that I build a DaVinci-Style aircraft. He had the whirlycopter thing in mind I think, but I was inspired by the DaVinci Glider (plus I...
  13. Ventus

    Building the Balrog - 2kg/70oz biplane - out of foamboard (but also balsa and plywood ;)

    Description The goal of the project was to make use of a couple of old ~450W+ motors (Dualsky XM3548CA-5 850kV and Turnigy C3548 900kV) and four 4s 2300mAh LiFe battery packs that have been lying around idle for several years now. Since this stuff is pretty heavy, and since I like biplanes, it...
  14. FoamyDM

    2018-2019 Balsa Build Along - Turbinator-E by FoamyDM

    For this 2018-2019 Build along, I plan to build The Ductinator-E by Ziroli I scored from a hobbyist who cannot continue building for health reasons, and a member was helping him unload them, bought for a steal. The EDF just came in. (my other kit is a Contender 40) I have NO Balsa Build...
  15. TooJung2Die

    Guillows SE5a Kit 202 Rubber Power to RC Conversion

    I haven't built a Guillows kit in over 45 years. The last Guillows kit I built as a boy was this SE5a. It was rubber powered and covered with the green tissue that came in the kit. I remember it wasn't a great flier. The rubber and prop didn't have enough thrust for it to climb well. The landing...
  16. TooJung2Die

    Contest Commercial - Old Timer Rubber Free Flight to RC Conversion

    Odd name for an airplane. It's a 1930's era rubber powered design. Project #5 in "Air Youth of America" organization of the same period. I got it from Penn Valley Hobby Center. They closed their store after 50+ years in business. They were selling their remaining stock on eBay. It was a...
  17. Rplaine1

    1s Damage Resistant Wooden Cub (finished project)

    A little while back I had the idea to turn a crashed T-28 S into a new plane. The T-28 was turned into packing foam after meeting with a brick wall. So I stripped the electrics and bought a new gear box (old one was in 3 peices) I soon decided on a damage resistant cub. Easy to build from...
  18. ShrimpRex

    Champ repairs

    Photos coming later probably. First, a little intro so you know what's going on: I taught my friend all he knows about flying with my little champ. He then bought one and got into flying that way. Over the years his plane has gotten in worse and worse condition and it has come to a point where...
  19. Archimedian

    Aluminum sheeted P51-D foamie.

    Howdy. What we are going to have here is a DTFB/purple foam/balsa composite build with full aluminum foil sheeting. Other features are aluminum tube for control surface hinges, aluminum tube suspension, and a belly exhaust vent. Wingspan: 36" Predicted weight: 400grams The wing is built on...
  20. Archimedian

    Scratch P-51 with scratch retracts and scratch shock absorbers

    All up weight- 405 grams Wingspan- 36 inches This will be brief. Please leave any questions, tips, or builds of your own in the comments. Most of the wing construction i will skip. It is a standard D tube wing. The ribs were made using the "sandwich between plywood ribs" method. It was...