Did a little bit of measuring, cutting, gluing and clamping today.
You'll probably notice there are no control surfaces whatsoever, this is just going to be a 'dumb', non-controable.
I find the building process relaxing after a long day of work.
Works for me, I don't judge...
If you wanted to make it R/C, you could get some balsa stock and add frame, as outlines of the control surfaces, to the structure. Then all you'd need to do is cut the control surfaces loose at the balsa frame and Bob's your uncle...(don't know if they use that expression anywhere but England...it just means you'll be all set.)
Jump over to here and you can search on "Guillows Conversion" and see all sorts of rubber free flight to RC conversions. With the UMX running gear, properly converted they make some pretty neat RC planes. http://www.rcgroups.com/balsa-builders-807/ I've got some old Comet plans that would make for a pretty cool ultra micro.
I figured out the reason for the 'bent' stringer:
I'd made copies of the original plan on smaller sheets, luckily at 100%, so scale was still right.
I built the fuselage in two runs (my cardboard underlayment was a bit small).
Apparently I did not properly line up for the rear half and placed the second support behind the canopy slanting forward.
This caused the holes for the stringers to not line up.
Well, this is my second balsa built ever and the last one was over 20 years ago (tiger moth), so it is not too bad
BTW what would be better (weight wise): use the paper that came with the kit and use the 'shrinking lacker' (don't know the english for it, we call it 'spanlak')
or go with monokote or something similar (kind of removes the warbird look I guess)?
Sounds like it might be what we call Dope, as in Dope and tissue covering. My first balsa build was a freeflight glider that I covered in tissue and dope...what an ordeal! It flew well though, right up until it crashed into a tree trunk on a long landing...