Above and right: Cliff Tacie’s House of Balsa
PT- 19 was modified for electric power. It uses
a BPU 2814-6 motor, an 11.1-volt LiPo battery,
and a 45-amp ESC.
The wheels are also from Du-Bro.
I’m still looking for a few other
parts and longerons for the fuselage.
One suggestion I received was to go to
Lowe’s Home Improvement or Home
Depot, purchase a sheet of pine, and
cut them to size.
It’s time to organize the parts bins,
clear off the work bench, and begin
setting up plans sheets. I purchased
a couple of rolls of wax paper to put
down over the plans and separated the
different parts in the kit.
A good building board (a hollow-core door) and a wall board make the
process easier. If you get tired of working
on one area, work on another. I can’t
wait to add details to this one!
Cliff Tacie’s Electric Scale Models
Many older, smaller plans or kits
can be converted to electric power.
Cliff Tacie’s PT- 19 and Thatcher CX- 4
started out as kits from House of Balsa.
Cliff converted them to electric power
and they are great fliers.
He modified the kits to make them
electric compatible, which required
modifying the internal fuselage structure
and adding lightening holes to maintain
the models’ weight. He finished with
two beautiful models that fly well on
inexpensive battery packs. I will report
more on the project next time.
Bob Holman’s Building Tools
Throughout the years, Bob Holman
has become a master at laser cutting
parts. He offers many wood kits and
short kits. I purchased a short kit for the
Cessna C- 165 Air Master from Bob and
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