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"The images you see above are some of the model airplanes I have built and flown over the years. All of them were built from kits or from my own plans and all of them fly under radio control using electric power." ~ Bob

Recent Blog Entries

RESTORING A CLASSIC (MODEL) AIRPLANE Part 3

We left off last time with plenty of work to do on the tail surfaces…let’s get going on that.     PT-19-54      I made a pattern, then traced and cut out four identical 1/64” plywood skins.     PT-19-55    Here’s one of them all ready to attach.   PT-19-56      You can see just how it’s going […]

RESTORING A CLASSIC (MODEL) AIRPLANE Part 2

  Last time I shared the story of how I got this PT-19 model and chose to do this restoration project, and we made a good start looking at things that were wrong with it (and needed to be fixed). This time we’ll get in to some serious fixing.     PT-19-24      I used a razor saw to […]

RESTORING A CLASSIC (MODEL) AIRPLANE Part 1

A note to my readers: You were expecting to see the next installment of the B-17 project here. Don’t worry, that model is alive and well in my shop but I elected to take it “out of the spotlight” for a while to concentrate on getting the beginnings of the scale detailing process right. Enjoy […]

Going All-Out With A Classic Balsa B-17-F (Part 16)

  This is going to be my last session working on the B-17 fuselage for a while.  There is a lot of work on the wing left to be done to get it up to the same level of completion. You have probably already figured out that we are getting really close to the point […]

Going All-Out With A Classic Balsa B-17-F (Part 15)

  This session is going to be about the first of a series of steps that have got to come before I can think about doing any “fine detailing” on the fuselage, let alone get into “finishing” (a paint job). Just as with the wing, along with all four of the integral engine nacelles, I […]

Going All-Out With A Classic Balsa B-17-F (Part 14)

  I finished the last work session on the B-17 fuselage by sharing my decision on the best way to go about sheeting/skinning the framework. Just so you know, what we’re doing does not qualify as “planking”…that’s a somewhat different process based on using lots of narrow strips to build up a broad surface. Perhaps […]

Going All-Out With A Classic Balsa B-17-F (Part 13)

  Now that I have a fully framed -up fuselage assembled to the stage that I can actually set it in place against the wing, the logical next step might be to get to work “finishing” it by starting the process of balsa sheet planking/skinning. But… and you saw this coming, didn’t you… there are […]

Going All-Out With A Classic Balsa B-17-F (Part 12)

    Do you like it when all the separated parts of a project finally begin to come together? I certainly do, and…for me anyway… that’s what starting work on the fuselage of a new model airplane  is all about. As you’ve already figured out, I nearly always build the flying surfaces (wing and tail […]

Going All-Out With A Classic Balsa B-17-F (Part 11)

  We finished our last building session with the basic structure of the wing, as well as the engine nacelles aft of the cowls, all built. All that was left to complete the outline was the flaps and ailerons, and I’m going to build those now. Quite a few installments back I discussed adding “scale” […]

Going All-Out With A Classic Balsa B-17-F (Part 10)

  I finished off the last session (Part 9) by promising you a “prodigious mess of balsa shavings”  that would result from completing the job of shaping all four engine nacelles. Doing that turned out to be an exercises in using a sequence of traditional model airplane building tools…a modeler’s block plane, a model knife, […]