Balsa Nova 40 (oz9666)


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Balsa Nova 40. Radio control sport model. Wingspan 52-3/8in, area 675 sq in. For .40 to .50 power with 4 channel radio.

Quote: "I've got another set of plans for you. I just scanned these in from a kit of mine. Morris Hobbies BalsaNova 40. David"

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Update 15/01/2020: Added kit instructions (includes parts ID sheets), thanks to EugeneChernosky.

Quote: "Morris Hobbies Balsa NOVA Instruction Manual. Written by Tom Stryker.

Just like the Brazilian dance, the bossa nova, for which it is 'loosely' named, the Morris Hobbies Balsa NOVA is a fun and lively model airplane. We designed the Balsa NOVA for you, the mainstream modeler, who wants an easy to build and fly .40-size model, but insist on good looks and unlimited acrobatic capabilities.

The engine we really like for the Balsa NOVA is the powerful MVVS 40. Couple this engine with the MVVS short pipe, which becomes partially hidden in the bottom of the fuselage, and you have an excellent performer. The ample cowl area provides room for soft-mounting your engine for extra noise savings, if desired. A simple 4 channel radio, with 5 servos (4 standard servos and one mini throttle servo) is all that is required to turn your desires into eye-pleasing maneuvers.

The thick, fully-symmetrical wing keeps the model at sub-sonic speeds while allowing crisp rolls, loops, snaps, knife-edges, or any exciting combinations thereof. Stalls are very gentle and predictable, so landings are slow and stable... "

Update 24/2/2022: Added kit review from RCM&E, February 2002, thanks to RFJ.

Supplementary file notes

Instructions. 41 pages, complete.


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Balsa Nova 40 (oz9666) by Tom Stryker 1995 - model pic

  • (oz9666)
    Balsa Nova 40
    by Tom Stryker
    from Morris Hobbies
    52in span
    IC R/C Kit
    clean :)
    formers unchecked
  • Submitted: 07/01/2018
    Filesize: 1355KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: DavidFuller
    Downloads: 2666

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User comments

I messed up the original plans and was not sure how to proceed in building my kit. This plan should allow me to complete it.
Edward Jackson - 16/05/2024
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