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Balsa Kit Manufacturers

TexMechsRobot

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#41
I think I'll start my search for a build kit here. I'm interested in a mid-sized warbird. Not as big as Ziroli or Tip Flite Gold but bigger than a park flyer foamie. I'm thinking between 4 and 5 foot wingspan or so.
 

rockyboy

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#42
I think I'll start my search for a build kit here. I'm interested in a mid-sized warbird. Not as big as Ziroli or Tip Flite Gold but bigger than a park flyer foamie. I'm thinking between 4 and 5 foot wingspan or so.
There is a Balsacraft Spitfire IX kit at 48 1/2" wingspan for $129 about half way down the page here: http://www.thebestthings.com/rc_model_planes.htm#British_kits

And this one has been on my mind for a while and hits the requirements you mention...

http://manzanolaser.com/Polikarpov-...an-WW2-Fighter-Model-Airplane-Kit_p_3389.html

There are a bunch of other options for neat and not often seen warbirds at Manzano too...

http://manzanolaser.com/Between-Wars-Military_c_33.html


*sigh*

Now I want to go buy another kit too... :cautious:
 

TexMechsRobot

Posted a thousand or more times
#43
There is a Balsacraft Spitfire IX kit at 48 1/2" wingspan for $129 about half way down the page here: http://www.thebestthings.com/rc_model_planes.htm#British_kits

And this one has been on my mind for a while and hits the requirements you mention...

http://manzanolaser.com/Polikarpov-...an-WW2-Fighter-Model-Airplane-Kit_p_3389.html

There are a bunch of other options for neat and not often seen warbirds at Manzano too...

http://manzanolaser.com/Between-Wars-Military_c_33.html


*sigh*

Now I want to go buy another kit too... :cautious:
That Spitfire looks perfect. I was looking for a Spitfire anyway but would have settled for an F4U or Mustang. It is purchased and headed my way!
 

JTarmstr

Well-known member
#44
I was actually going to ask, are their any good RC balsa builds with around a 30 inch wingspan for under $50 without electronics? i want to try a more complicated balsa build but i dont want to spend a ton of money on it.
 

rockyboy

Skill Collector
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#45
I was actually going to ask, are their any good RC balsa builds with around a 30 inch wingspan for under $50 without electronics? i want to try a more complicated balsa build but i dont want to spend a ton of money on it.
Awesome! I should change the name of this thread to "Balsa Kit Research Service" :D

Gimmie a few minutes to get some options together...

We are close to the target with the Mountain Models Dandy GT at $59 - 31.5" wingspan

The RetroRC Babe eMoth $60 is a little smaller at 24" wingspan, but some very wide wings and cool golden age vibe!

I enjoyed building the Park Scale Models Mini Drake $40 - still a little smaller at 24" wings - but it's a flying boat!

For a little more cash, I know a guy who really loves his Park Scale Models Daddy-O $75 and 28" wingspan

For some early aviation vibes, there is the Manzano Laser Nieuport 1910 Swallow Tail $49 and 36" wingspan - they have a bunch of options in the 30-40" range at the $50 mark, but I believe they are all "short kits" which means you need to provide your own balsa sticks & stringers - they just sell you the plans and laser cut curvy parts.

Easybuilt Models has several options like the Stuka Dive Bomber in the 30" wingspan and $26-30 range, but they are setup for rubber power - would be interesting to see some electric conversion projects of these :D

Brodak also has some options like the Curtiss P-40F at 28" and $51 that are setup for either rubber or electric
 
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#46
Update on my situation with Park Scale Models.. coming up on 3 months since I ordered the XF-12 kit. I’ve sent multiple emails, Facebook messages, and called several to recieve a “voicemail full” message. I’m getting worried that I’ll never see that kit or my money at this point. Does anyone know Zeke, or another way to contact him?