Category: “stick-and-tissue” models

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 […]


  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 […]

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 […]