Balsa display models
The recent projects shown include the current build project, Guillows kit # 301LC Aeronca Champ ’85, The Dumas GeeBee Z, the Guillow’s kit #405 LC P-40N, and the Flyline Stearman C3B (modified to a Stearman YPT-9 Cloudboy.
All were built using the infill method (building the balsa skeleton or basic frames, then infilling every opening with balsa sheet stock cut to fit) or in some cases, sheeting over the frames is also implemented. One of the images included with this post shows the P-40 fuselage fully infilled.
I have a youtube channel that describes and shows the infill process in detail : Heywood Planes (if any are interested)
This approach to aircraft modeling appealed to me as I was looking to build quality, 1/18″ – 1/24″ scale display models of civilian aircraft – where it is almost impossible to find any selection over 1/72″ in plastic. In these larger, balsa scale models the opportunity for adding detail or adjusting the air frames for accuracy is a plus.
**Note – I have added a picture of the now complete Aeronca to the article
5 additional images. Click to enlarge.