This is the cover of the first issue of
balsabuilder magazine. This new quarterly
magazine is printed and mailed to you.
Tom Hunt suggests using
cotton swabs as a substitute
for a 1/16-inch diameter wood
dowel. Simply remove the
cotton tips and you are all set.
It is quite strong.
The 74-page May 2015 issue contains
a load of beautiful color photos—both
static and action—that covers nearly
every aspect of our model aircraft
hobby. This newsletter is geared
toward the model builder. As such, this
particular issue contained four different
model plans suitable for construction.
Another thing I learned is that New
Zealand modeler Mark Venter has issues
of Sticks and Tissue dating back to 2006
posted on his website. Again, this is all
offered for free. I’ve provided the Sticks
and Tissue website link, as well as Mark
Venter’s website, in “Sources.” I urge
you to check out these sites and other
This next FAQ also addresses the
subject of scratch-building model
aircraft. We are finding out that many
modelers, new and old,
are once again building.
It’s all part of our hobby.
Q620: While “traveling
around” the recent Weak Signals’ Toledo
Show: R/C Model Expo in Toledo, Ohio,
I came upon a new magazine offering
called balsabuilder. What can you tell
me about it?
A620: balsabuilder is the creation of Bill
Stevens of Stevens AeroModel and the
editor, Kris Cartwright. This is a print
magazine that is mailed to you. The first
issue ran approximately 50 pages and
included two sets of full-size plans that
went along with construction articles.
Kits with laser-cut parts are offered for
Besides the construction articles, there
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