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Balsa planes

flyingcat

Junior Member
#1
Hey flitetest. I love your show and everything you guys do. I have always wanted to build the mikeys fpv v3 that you reviewed and the baby blender but i cant build any of them because there is no dollar tree foam here (Australia) or even depron for that matter, and i know that people in Britain have also had the same problem, so i was thinking, why not do some balsa scratch builds? balsa is available every where and it would mean a lot more people would be able to watch and build from your videos if the scratch builds were all balsa. i am actually part way through building a balsa version of the baby blender and will post pics if it when its finished. also core flute is globally available so why not use that for some smaller planes?

thanks. :)
 

glydr

How many letters do we ge
#2
I doubt that FT will go 100% balsa, but agree it would be great to see some balsa building.

G
who prefers balsa
 

pgerts

Old age member
Mentor
#6
I have always heard that BALSA IS FLYING BETTER!
I agree as i have used foam to most kind of models from tiny 40 gram (2 oz) models up to twin engine 6 ft span models.
My balsa models fly better and longer than the foam planes - but foam is better if you have to land among thornes as sometimes needed when sloping.
 

lobstermash

Propaganda machine
Mentor
#7
I love flying balsa. It's something I can't put my finger on. A pain to repair though, as I'm experiencing at the moment with a plane I managed to land firmly (but not overly hard) on its wheels on long grass after an aileron servo (HXT900) failure...
 

pgerts

Old age member
Mentor
#8
.. I managed to land firmly (but not overly hard) on its wheels on long grass after an aileron servo (HXT900) failure...
Dont land on long grass if you have landing gears on the plane ;-)
I would like to see a picture of the plane. I think balsa is a lot easier to repair with a nice result.
 
#9
The beauty of balsa repairs is that they are often hidden beneath covering. Non transparent covering will hide a multitude of sins. With foam, all your transgressions are openly displayed in the form of scabby looking glue lines and tape.
 
#12
Having built a few balsa planes and did not really enjoy them, find that foam planes are much lighter and more enjoyable to fix. Maybe this is why I enjoy foam building so much.
 

Ak Flyer

Fly the wings off
Mentor
#16
I love full wing cubs, with flaps and floats that just hang in the air like a balloon. I like the short take off and landing capability. Never cared for the extra speed of a clipped wing.
 

earthsciteach

Moderator
Moderator
#17
Mr. Clean is a self-admitted Cub Hater. I don't know where I saw this, maybe on one of the SPAD sites. Its ok, though. We are tolerant of people's beliefs, here. ;)
 
#19
Hey flitetest. I love your show and everything you guys do. I have always wanted to build the mikeys fpv v3 that you reviewed and the baby blender but i cant build any of them because there is no dollar tree foam here (Australia) or even depron for that matter, and i know that people in Britain have also had the same problem, so i was thinking, why not do some balsa scratch builds? balsa is available every where and it would mean a lot more people would be able to watch and build from your videos if the scratch builds were all balsa. i am actually part way through building a balsa version of the baby blender and will post pics if it when its finished. also core flute is globally available so why not use that for some smaller planes?

thanks. :)
Hi, (or should I say G'Day?)
I'd like to see some balsa planes on FT too but you can get stuff similar to DollarTree foamboard at art supplies shops.
I get 32" x 40" boards (aren't we supposed to be metric??) for about $8-$10 each in Sydney. There's depron available in Sydney too but way up on the North Shore but there's online suppliers too (add "site:.au" to your Google searches to get .au only sites)