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Steve85 was the inspiration for this thread. As he noted, there is a wealth of information in the BB forum, but finding it may be tough to do. I will try my best to follow his lead and provide a thread for the Balsa Builders Forum user and especially the newcomer looking for info concerning building with balsa.

Since there is a lot of info to gather from this forum, it will take time for me to assemble the data and post links here. Please be patient and if you see something I missed or would like added just let me know.

I hope this helps.

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Informational Threads


Balsa/Ply Wood Info

What Is Balsa? Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask
Wood Types
Wood organization tips
Show off your naked wood!
Show off your stick and tissue
Show Off Your Custom Designs
Spruce Substitute
Lite Ply- what is it?
What's the difference between "good" wood and not good wood
What's your method of stripping wood?
A good way to cut stripwood.
How do you cut balsa wood?
Is balsa best for "truss" structures?
Not balsa, but.... Spruce vs Bass
Splicing balsa
Longevity of balsa
Don't Be Afraid Of Balsa

Building Tips and Techniques

Building Symmetric Wings
How do I hide laser marks
Can Econokote/Monokote be painted?
Balsa Frame twisting
Wing Warp
Looking for non toxic alternative to dope
Taping wing joints
How do you layout fuselage skins?
wing repairs, would you...
Horizontal stab alignment
Hinge Materials for Scale Models
Balsa RC plane Landing gear.
Flattening warped plywood.
Best way to make strip ailerons
How to cut out balsa from plans
Biplane wing incidence
Beginner to balsa and tissue paper
Canopy Cutting
How to make a heat-shrink canopy
How do you remove small dents in balsa before covering?
Filling Material
Anyone vacuum form their own parts?
How to install servos in pre-cut holes?
Leading Edge Construction Methods
Mistakes We Made; So You Don't Have To

Tips/Advice On Building From Plans
Building from plans...
cutting parts from plans
How to scale up plans?
Plans-finding, and using them.
Transfering Plans to Balsa?
Building over plans with CA
Transferring plans to balsa

Balsa Building Tools and Consumables
Building surface
Building Boards
Building Board
Glue
Glue question
Choices of glue
covering materials...silk
Covering!
What glue is used in the layers of plywood
Which bandsaw is most useful
How to tips for Aliphatic adhesives
Tools For Building Balsa Planes And More
Covering Tools

Purchasing Power/Decisions

Where do you buy your balsa?
Where do you buy yours balsa?
Best Source for Balsa Wood?
National Balsa - Excellent
National Balsa
Balsa Suppliers
best place to buy balsa?
Where to Order Balsa and Basswood?
Where do you get your Balsa from?
Xacto blades
Any Economical Iron On Fabric Alternatives?
What size rare earth magnets for securing hatch
Help me choose Ca hinges
Covering Materials for Balsa Models?
Nelson film products? (Solarfilm, Solite, Microlite et al)
Where To Buy Butyrate Colored Dope
Building short kits
Kits, Kits, Kits where are they?
I knew this day would come
Source for Foam Wings!

Workshop and Experimental Discussions

Builder's workshop and deep thoughts...
Balsa Wing For Wind Tunnel Experimentation
Any balsa builders design their own planes?

Interesting Discussions and/or Important Info

Does Anyone Build Balsa Model Airplanes From Kits Anymore?
What no Stickies ?
How about posting kits/plans for sale here?
Does RCG Need a Kits & Plans For Sale Section?
Proposal to create a "Kits and Plans" classified forum
Really STOOPID stuff you've done.
Care To Help? Looking At Ways To Promote Model Building and Helping Others
Is Anyone Else a Kit Hoarder?
Plane kit gifts help Cancer patient fight boredom!
Trying to bring awairness to Balsa/scratch built Via Social Media
Let's See Those Sig Planes!
The 'lore' of Kits and Plans
This is why I prefer Balsa planes
Pros/Cons of rubber bands vs bolts?
What's your favorite part of building?

Scratch Building
more plans for scratch builders
A matter of terminology
Questions about balsa scratch building.
Kit or Scratchbuild?

Versus
Balsa Building Dead? Foam v Balsa
Ultracoat vs Monocoat

Newcomer Specific Questions and/or Plane Recommendations
Newbie Questions
Isn't there a kit designed to teach you to build?
A Newbie to Balsa
1st timer: replacing balsa tail
Newbie to Balsa Models - Need Advice
Recommend a kit for 1st time builder
inexpensive balsa trainer
Small, simple, free-flight?
First time builder cub kits?
Laser-cut, interlocking kit -- suggestion?
**looking for airplane kit to build**
Balsa Beginner
balsa kit noob
Easy to fly balsa kit
Good second balsa build
Can someone recommend me a balsa kit?
Looking for project for my 8 yr old daughter
Favorite Balsa Builds/Planes For Beginners

Where/How It All Began

Balsa scratch build forum idea
Balsa and Lite Ply Scratch and Kit Build Forum
New Forum Request >> Balsa and Lite Ply Scratch and Kit Build Forum
New Forum Suggestion
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Contests, Building Clinics and Etc.


This post highlights our balsa build contests and clinics here in the Balsa Builders forum. We appreciate all the hard work and effort put into them.

How It Started
Anyone Up For A Contest?

Completed Balsa Builders Conversion Contents
Free Flight to RC Flight Kitbash Contest >> Starts 17 Nov
FF to RC Kitbash - Competition closed, winners announced
BBCC 2 -- Completed 2nd Balsa Builders Conversion Contest
BBCC 3 -- 3rd Balsa Builders Conversion Contest Thread
BBCC 4 -- 4th Balsa Builders Conversion Contest Thread

Currently Running Balsa Builders Conversion Contest
BBCC5- 5th Balsa Builders Conversion Contest thread

Building Clinics
Model Airplane Building Clinic ~ Building A Kit
Model Airplane Building Clinic #2 ~ Building From Plans >> Begins TBD. All Welcome

Balsa Airplane Related Info
Balsa ARF Parkflyer Shoot-Out! (11-20 oz AUW)
Balsa Built ARF Parkflyers (not kits) Available Today
Balsa Airplane Kit Makers
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Outstanding and Informative Build Threads


These are the "must see" build threads posted here in the Balsa Builders Forum. You can search by the plane name or by the builder (OP of the thread)

Name/thread link and (RCG member/builder)

Top Flite P-51D Mustang Kit 65" (flyguy88)
Pica Waco YMF3 1/6 Scale Build (U2builder)
1929 Monoprep (TomCrump)
38" DeHavilland Vampire (builderdude)
58" Eastbourne Monoplane (Old_Pilot)
48" Hawker Tempest Mk-1 (Old_Pilot)
Balsa USA 1/4 cub (kimchiyuk)
GS P-39 Airacobra (Bob Hunt)
1929 Travel Air 6000 (AA5BY)
Carl Goldberg Anniversary Cub (mustangherb)
SIG Somethin' Extra (The Violets)
Bud Nosen 1/4 scale Citabria/Decathlon (epoxyearl)
Balsa USA Citabria Pro (lukes221)
Firefly (builderdude)
Twelve (Ken USA)
Curtiss XP-55 Ascender (builderdude)
Sterling Models Piper Cub J3 (builderdude)
Navion (Joker 53150)
40" Fiat CR-32 (RMCCOR7737)
Blackburn Skua (davidterrell80)
One Knight in Boston (davidterrell80)
Super Sportster 60 (Thermalin)
Aerodrome RC 46.7" Fokker Dr.1 (cbflys)
Mark Rittinger 50" Taurus (NoobAgain)
SIG 1/6 scale Clipped Wing Cub (Jeremy Kamutzki)
Mountain Models Tyro 150 (Bikeman911)
Ed's Great Planes PT40 (eolson)
Top Flite P-51 (maxxnut)
AJ-404 Interceptor (builderdude)
P-47 Razorback (yoyocafe)
Trusswork Big Stik 60 - "Bones" (sirzeppu)
Peter Rake Verville Air Coach (conrad907)
Madcap (PETERRAKE)
Das Ugly Stik (Balsabird)
Royal Coachman (gene6029)
1913 Eastbourne (Fly Wheel)
A 1/12 Pou du ciel (Flying flea) (Panoramix)
Dick's Dream (BigIron357)
AL Lidberg TA 152 (Sopwith Mike)
Ampmaster (Ceax)
Harmony (czirh)
Arrowhead-based "Baby Gryphon" flying wing (builderdude)
Kavalier (AMX North)
Tom Hunt Elipstik 700 (Tom Hunt)
Dumas walnut scale WACO YMF-5 (davec921)
KingCobra P-63 (shoelessjoe)
Bristol Type 138 (Old_Pilot)
Easy Built PBY Catalina (BJ64)
Ken Willards Drake II (RMCCOR7737)
Great Planes P51 Mustang (Harare)
12 foot Telemaster (rjrobbin)
Travel Air Mystery Ship (flycfii)
56"ws, Fred Reese (No Step)
RTP-to-RC Harrier (davidterrell80)
Bell X-1 Prototype (soaringtuna)
55 Special )Old_Pilot)
balsa usa p-51D mustang (rghol5212)
Westland Lysander FF --> RC conversion (ckimmey)
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Relative Informative Threads Found Elsewhere on RCG and the Internet


1. Index of Tips, Tools and Techniques (More info that you will ever use): https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2198016
2. The Tools Money Can't Buy (Stuff you have to learn the hard way): https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=492441
3. Helpful "How To " Videos For Building and Flying RC Airplanes": https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2085053
..... -- As an addendum to the above, here are links to 3 different balsa airplane build videos:
  1. https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1994113
  2. https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2046614
  3. https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2046143
4. CA Glue - They Are Not Created Equal? Options... https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1728970
5. What glue to use to bond balsa to foam core wings: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1422769
6. Electric power systems 101 >> ATTF Podcast #270 << should be mandatory for everyone getting into electric powered flight.
7. Looking for servo specs? This is a must check out site. Servo Database covers all servos: http://www.servodatabase.com/
8. Filling gaps in wood: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1278777
9. What do I use to glue on canopies. This: ZAP Formula 560 Canopy Glue 2oz Find it here: http://www.rcdude.com/servlet/the-15...-Canopy/Detail
10. Can I buy RC stuff made here in the USA? You bet! See here: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=976993
11. Books about model aviation: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1716317
12. What is the Coanda Effect? See here: http://www.boomerangs.com/coandaeffect.html
13. How do airplanes fly? See here: http://www.av8n.com/how/
14. What is ground effect? See here: http://www.pilotfriend.com/training/...g/aft_perf.htm
15. What Does The Word "Kit" Actually Mean? https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2290989
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Balsa Building Related Info Web Sites
Note: I cannot speak to the validity or expertise of the authors of these websites. I am only posting them as another resource of information

Balsa Builder Magazine (Sponsored by Stevens Aero -Sign up for the newsletter)
The Balsa Workbench
Supplies, Tips & Techniques for Balsa Model Building
Working With Balsawood (This is an excellent site)
Tips and General Model Construction Techniques (Another excellent site)
Fly2Build (A very informative site on working with balsa)
What’s a good kit for a beginner?
Glue Tutorial
General Model Building Tips
Building a Balsa Wood Airplane Wing
Building your First Plane
Scale Plans Building For The Novice
Joining Balsa Sheets
Is Foam Better than Balsa for Building?
An Introductory Guideline to Building and Flying Model Aeroplanes
How To Build Balsa Flying Models
Strip Cedar Planking (including strip planking with Balsa)
Tissue and Dope

Where To Purchase Model Airplane Plans
AMA Plans Service
Outerzone
Plans Directory -Model Airplane News
Cleveland Model & Supply
RC Advisor (a whole host of websites that offer plans)
East Wind Model Plans ($7 per set)
Profili2
RC Aircraft Plans
more plans for scratch builders (Countless Free Plans for downloading!)
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Nov 08, 2014, 05:51 PM
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I need to sheet foam wing cores , what adhesive do you use and not melt the foam ?
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I need to sheet foam wing cores , what adhesive do you use and not melt the foam ?
Tom
Thanks for the tip Tom. #5 added to the post above. Hope that answers your question.

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Nov 09, 2014, 09:27 AM
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Thanks Frank
this was a big help
I'm new to all this sheeting
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Originally Posted by SailingaS2
Thanks Frank
this was a big help
I'm new to all this sheeting
Tom
You are welcome Tom and helping is what this thread is ALL about.

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Nov 11, 2014, 08:05 AM
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Awesome stuff as usual Frank! I found quite a few cool ideas I can use.

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Thank you gentlemen! I will continue to populate the posts above with great info. If anyone finds some threads that will add relative info just let me know and I will add them as well.

Thanks,

Frank
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Videos on Balsa Building Techniques


How To Properly Build RC Airplane Wings

How To Properly Build RC Airplane Wings. (5 min 34 sec)


How To Sand An RC Airplane Wing (without screwing up the airfoil shape)

How To Sand An RC Airplane Wing (without screwing up the airfoil shape) (11 min 2 sec)


building balsa kits

building balsa kits (1 min 46 sec)


building balsa kits part 2 main wing assembly

building balsa kits part 2 main wing assembly (5 min 12 sec)


main wing part 3

main wing part 3.wmv (9 min 29 sec)


balsa kit build part 4

balsa kit build part 4 (10 min 13 sec)
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More Balsa Videos


balsa kit build part 5

balsa kit build part 5.wmv (9 min 47 sec)


balsa kit build part 6

balsa kit build part 6 (4 min 18 sec)
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Hi, I'm looking for a balsa plan (freeware or payware) to build an electric airframe with 40-42" wingspan, like a Slick, Edge or Extra, to fly sport aerobatics. Any help are welcome, thanks!