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Old Nov 18, 2012, 12:52 PM
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An itch?. Scratch build.
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You could always just buy a plan, then select all your own woods, materials etc. Though having a good hobby shop near by will help, as having to order everything by mail could be a pain.

Balsa is a nice medium to work with, but you don't have to give up on foam.
I had a free plan for a 72" span Spitfire that was designed for balsa and a 1.20 size engine, but I decided to build it in Depron foam and for electric power. The original balsa and IC was quoted at around the 15 lbs mark, I did it in foam for a flying weight of 7 lbs 2oz.
Flies like a dream on rails.

Scratch building from a plan does often involve a lot more head scratching, but gives greater satisfaction than assembling one of the current CNC cut jigsaw puzzle kits.
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