The 1911 Caudron is designed to
be a gentle flyer, and it is.
Take baby steps. This is common and sage advice for anyone starting something new or just
getting back into the game. When it
comes to building balsa kits, I fall into
the latter category. I’ve only built one
kit during the last several years and I
was beginning to feel out of practice.
Because of its small size and simple
design, the Stevens AeroModel 1911
Caudron Racer seemed like a good first
step toward regaining my balsa mojo.
The model is a semiscale rendition
of a little-known design from aviation’s
pioneering days. Unlike other designs
from that era, the Caudron does not
have mazes of wires and struts to
complicate the build.
The kit includes a handful of small
balsa and plywood sheets full of laser-cut parts. There is also a basic hardware
package that includes pushrods,
Stevens AeroModel offers a
finishing package for the Caudron that
includes precut vinyl numerals and
two packages of AeroLITE iron-on
covering material. With that in hand,
I only needed to add a three-channel
(minimum) radio and motor system.
Assembly required nothing more than
basic hobby tools and CA glue (thin
As with the other kits in the Stevens
AeroModel line of micro airplanes, the
Caudron is designed to use ParkZone
micro components. This includes the
tiny geared motor setup, as well as
the “brick,” which blends a 2. 4 GHz
receiver, brushed ESC, and two linear
servos on one postage stamp-size
71 Model Aviation APRIL 2015 www.ModelAviation.com
firstname.lastname@example.org STEVENS AEROMODEL 1911 CAUDRON RACER
Photos by the author