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Balsa Kit Manufacturers

rockyboy

Skill Collector
Mentor
#81
Thanks for the update on Mountain Models - it's sad, but we've had several peoples orders reported here that have had problems, and I'm going to pull them off the recommended list for now.

Very sad day. :(
 

Turbojoe

Well-known member
#85
It really is saddening to see what's happening to Mountain Models. I bought my first SwitchBack in 2001 (STILL have it!) when Doug owned MM. Always had awesome service from both up until Brian decided to sell and he lost interest. It'll be a shame to see it go away if he can't find a buyer. In the meantime I've hoarded close to 20 N.I.P Mountain Models kits just to be safe. ;)

Joe
 

Turbojoe

Well-known member
#86
There's a new kit manufacturer taking orders! :D:D

Willy Nillies is cutting kits of some classic designs https://willynillies.com/shop?olsPage=t/laser-cut-balsa-aircraft-kits

I saw them posting on facebook a month or two back, but they didn't have a website and only sold via Facebook PM at the time. Now they've got a webstore open, and the guys over on the RC Roundtable podcast were saying some positive things about them too.

They just have four kit options right now, an ACE GLH & Simple 250, and a Barnstormer & Littlest Stick, all sized for a Cox Peewee .020 or brushless 1806 motor. Prices are very reasonable too.

I just ordered one of the Barnstormers and plan to do it as a shoulder wing with the 29" span option - should be a quick little build and I've got the electronics already in the drawer.
My Super Sport 250 will be here day after tomorrow. I just looked and yet another 250 gram kit was posted and will be shipping by the end of the month: https://willynillies.com/shop?olsPage=products/hummer-250-coming-soon These guys are keeping busy!

Joe
 
#87
Rockyboy, Sorry I missed you on the show recording. I was pissed that I was A. Sick as a dog and B. still working at record time. Anyways, one of the main questions I was going to ask is "Now that willynillies planes have peaked my interest in balsa kits, where do I find more?" Kinda got the answer right here!
 

rockyboy

Skill Collector
Mentor
#88
Rockyboy, Sorry I missed you on the show recording. I was pissed that I was A. Sick as a dog and B. still working at record time. Anyways, one of the main questions I was going to ask is "Now that willynillies planes have peaked my interest in balsa kits, where do I find more?" Kinda got the answer right here!
Missed you on the show too - but next time! Give me a shout anytime you need a guest to talk hobby 3D printing or CNC or getting started in design or getting involved with clubs or more balsa! :D

As far as helping you find your next balsa kit, what kind of kit are you looking for? Any particular plane type? Size? Old school building board or laser cut lock together designs? I love helping people find kits!
 
#89
Missed you on the show too - but next time! Give me a shout anytime you need a guest to talk hobby 3D printing or CNC or getting started in design or getting involved with clubs or more balsa! :D

As far as helping you find your next balsa kit, what kind of kit are you looking for? Any particular plane type? Size? Old school building board or laser cut lock together designs? I love helping people find kits!
I definitely love the SE5. But I’m not sure at this point whether I’m gonna completely scratched build one or try and find a kit. I think I want to stick around I definitely love the SE five. But I’m not sure at this point whether I’m going to completely scratch build one or try and find a kit. I think I want to stick around the 50 inch Mark. Maybe a little bigger. Thanks for the links I did check out some of those