Category: Electric scale model airplane

Going All-Out With A Classic Balsa B-17…Part 21

  Hey, this stuff is starting to get interesting! Getting this B-17 ready for that first flight is pretty much down to “detail work” now. As I mentioned once or twice before, I could pretty well just add some control surface covering, stick some props on those four Cobra motors, and have a model that […]

Going All-Out With A Classic Balsa B-17…Part 20

  It’s time for more detail work…all the “little stuff” that brings out the “scale” in scale aeromodelling.  Like other small/fine details that represent actual structure (as opposed to markings which exist only on the surface) all these things need to be completed before I can move on to the final stages of putting a […]

Going All-Out With A Classic Balsa B-17…Part 19

  I’m going to pick up right where we left off the last time we got to work on the B-17. You may remember that I explained why I felt that those really lightweight plastic cowls needed some stiffening so they’d stand up well over time as the airplane gets flown. I poured some reinforcing […]

Going All-Out With A Classic Balsa B-17…Part 18

  As it turned out I decided to finish-sand those overlap-joint-buildups later, as part of another big sanding task that’s coming up soon. Instead, we are starting off this time with some of the final details of the flap and aileron installations. There’s going to be plenty of finish sanding coming up right after that. […]

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

  It has been a while since we did any work on the B-17. Several months ago I hinted that there might be some changes in the works, and left it at that. In fact I have been busier than you want to know with some heavy-duty family responsibilities.  FLY RC editor Matt Maziarz agreed […]

RESTORING A CLASSIC (MODEL) AIRPLANE Part 4

JULY 17, 2016… A NOTE TO ALL MY READERS:  As you may have noticed I have not been posting material as often as in the past. Over the past year my wife and I have been involved 24/7 as the only caregivers for an elderly family member suffering from advancing Alzheimer’s disease with severe complications.  As you […]

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 […]