Balsa Bug (oz6945)
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Balsa Bug. Simple radio control sport model.
Quote: "Need a break from that big project? Here's a simple, fast building .020 powered model that's just right for a relaxing weekend. The Balsa Bug, by John Valls.
There is a strange wonderful feeling I get whenever I receive a shipment of balsa wood. This was a humdinger of a shipment. My Christmas present from my wife, almost two hundred bucks worth! I picked it out, she paid for it. Immediately, I start thinking of an all balsa model. After running several ideas through my mind, I remembered the Cardinal rule, keep it simple.
The objectives in the Balsa Bug design were to build an all balsa model that was small, light, simple, pleasing to the eye, to be powered by a Cox .020 engine, and for 2 channel control. I wanted the wing to be cut from one sheet of balsa, a 1/16 x 6 in x 36 in would do. The fuselage should also be cut from one sheet of balsa, a 1/16 x 4 in x 48 in sheet would get both fuselage sides. The stab and rudder would be cut from one sheet of 1/8 x 4 x 36 in balsa. It should have a wing loading of less than 11 oz sq ft; hopefully, much less!
Out comes the drafting paper, triangles, scale, and hard pencils. After my workbench is cleared, it takes me a solid hour to draw the Balsa Bug.
Construction. The fuselage sides are cut from one piece of 1/16 x 4 in x 48 in medium hard balsa. Eveyone has their favourite way of tracing from a plan. I use a material called See Temp, which is a special soft mix of vinyl that's calendered on both sides..."
Hi Steve - Here is John Valls' Balsa Bug from RCM magazine issue 09-93.
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