May 30, 2010
In this 71st installment, we discuss Dorsal's progress and newest acquisitions, a cool site I found (cardboard? REALLY?), Larry's Blue Foam Wonder (as featured in Park Pilot magazine!), the RCadvisor talks a bit about scaling down airplanes, and I offer up a couple more great suppliers of balsa kits (for Corey from last week's show).
As well, the cat is out of the bag! I've been kicking around the concept of online tutorials to help more people discover the magic that is balsa, but Fred (a very talented balsa builder) lit the fire beneath me so we're off. It's gonna be a great summer!!
Oh, and before I forget, here's your shopping list!
Four - 3/16" x 3/16" x 36" balsa sticks
One - 1/4" x 1/4" x 36" balsa stick
Three - 1/16" x 4" x 36" balsa planks
Five - 1/8" x 4 x 36" balsa planks
One - piece of 6" x 6" x 1/8" Lite Ply
If your budget allows, pick up a small sheet of 1/32" ply, too. It's great for strengthening!
Buying the sizes I've shown above, you'll have some scrap left over. I actually used quite a few 3" wide planks, but rather than make the list too confusing, I've just shown 4" stock. It's better to have some left over for another project than to be short and have to postpone your building session!
If you do NOT have a local hobby shop to get this stuff from, head on over to one of my favorite foam vendors that now sells balsa at very reasonable prices - RCFoam!