Model Aircraft construction and associated How-To's

There's so many things in modelling to learn, so many skills to aquire and a never ending learning curve. The purpose of these How-to's is to try and help you get your hands on simple, clear and effective information without having to piece together a myriad of little information pieces scattered across the internet.

Bending Balsa Often you need to bend balsa sheets or stock around curves, this guide lets you know of several different ways to achieve your goal.
Carbonfiber-Hotglue composites When applying carbon fiber tow to models, most people opt for epoxy or CA bonding methods. We present here a third alternative of using hotglue for the bonding process. The resultant weight is less than that of epoxy and the bond is more resiliant and bonds stronger to the airframe than CA.
Calculating balsa density Knowing the density of your balsa is a very important part of building correctly. This howto describes the formulas required to compute the density of balsa in both metric and imperial forms. As a bonus there's also an online density calculator provided at the bottom of the page to make things really easy.
Creating carbon fiber boom mounts When building discus launch gliders (DLG) there's a need to mount the tail feathers onto the boom however due to the boom being cylindrical anspecial mount is required. This How To shows you how to make a well fitting interface made from balsa that also gaurantees that the tail surface will remain parallel to the boom.
Laminating model aircraft tails (and other flat surfaces) By using laminating film, it's possible to quickly cover your tail feathers or solid balsa wings using a simple proceedure.
Using laminating film for covering models Plastic covering film is rather expensive, so in its place laminating film is fast making a suitable replacement. This article gives you a quick run down on laminating film and its uses with modelling. There's also a video included.
Balsa pinning methods When building framework for wings, tails or fuselages you often need to pin down your balsa parts. This short article gives you a quick couple of rules that'll help make the process easier by learning how to correctly use pins.
Fiberglassing balsa airframes with water based polyurethane
(Fiberglassing without epoxy)
A lot of people would like to use fiberglass on their models, being fully aware of the advantages that it can bring - however glassing is also associated with mixing epoxy resin, fumes, toxicity and complications. So, instead of using epoxy resin, we use Water Based Polyurethane paint/varnish, providing a cheaper, simpler and less toxic solution that works.

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