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Old Jan 28, 2013, 11:52 AM
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Help needed for balsa parts from plans

Looking for someone I can send plans to that would cut the balsa parts out and send them back to me. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:07 PM
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Joe, I have to ask.

Are you looking for a laser-cut service for a digital CAD plan or are you just looking for someone to do the work of cutting from a paper or digital non CAD plan?

If its a CAD plan, others here can point you toward a supplier, a number of which are mentioned in this website.

If it is to avoid doing the work of hand cutting, you are avoiding one of the joys of building. In addition, anyone willing to take it on is going to charge you and it won't come cheap. And I am not one who would want the job at less than $30 per hour. You should take that money and buy you some single-edge razor blades and maybe a small scroll saw (http://www.harborfreight.com/16-inch...saw-93012.html).

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Old Jan 28, 2013, 03:01 PM
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I agree. If you are timid about cutting the parts yourself, just study the plans to understand where each piece goes and where each piece starts and ends. For example, a dashed line is indicating a piece of wood behind the one you are looking at., such as a fuselage former shown behind a fuselage side. If you are OK with some pieces, but unsure of others, cut the pieces you are sure of and lay them on the plan to help visualize what the other pieces do and therefore where they start and end. I like to transfer the shape of each piece from the paper to the wood by placing the wood under the page where the piece is that you want to transfer the outline of to the wood. Then use a pin to pierce through the paper and into the wood. When you remove the wood, the outline of the piece will be there, so you just need to connect the pinholes. If you have any doubt, you can cut the wood a bit oversized and sand down to the exact outline shown on the plan. There are other methods. Don't be afraid to try. I think you'll like it and become hooked on building from plans!
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 04:55 PM
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It would help to know what plane you want parts cut for is. A few general items to include would be the wing chord, fuselage length, width and heigth, rudder and elevator chords if they have an airfoil shape to them.
Planeman is in the ballpark on the cost, about 5 hours for a 100" sailplane.

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Old Jan 28, 2013, 05:22 PM
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Looking for someone I can send plans to that would cut the balsa parts out and send them back to me. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Joe,

Unlike some others, I'm not going to jump in and say that you need to learn how to do it yourself. I will simply take you at your initial post that you really need someone to do the work for you for whatever reasons that you may have.

Clarification please... are you looking for a commercial laser cutting service where you simply provide them with plans and they use their own balsa?

If you only need a person to whom you could send plans, have them cut out and the balsa returned to you, then you'd need to provide the balsa to the individual or at least funds with which to purchase the balsa for your plans.

I may be able to help you, but need more info.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 07:56 PM
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http://www.ak-models.com/
I had some plans scanned and sent them to ak
and had them laser cut
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Old Mar 16, 2013, 09:54 AM
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http://www.ak-models.com/
I had some plans scanned and sent them to ak
and had them laser cut
I'm in a similar situation to Joe. I crashed my plane and want to rebuild it but have never made parts from plans. How much did AK charge you? Did they convert the plans to a file? Thanks

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