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BalsaBuilder Magazine

5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(12 customer reviews)

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Each issue of balsabuilder magazine contains model building projects that are targeted at developing achievement in aeromodeling. Through careful selection and comprehensive presentation of build features, dad and lad weekend projects, and advanced construction tips, balsabuilder magazine helps encourage your growth in aeromodeling and life long enjoyment of model aviation.

Unlike the traditional hobby magazine,  balsabuilder magazine is ad free.  Rather than clutter up your reading experience with distracting classified advertising – we present exclusive build content in print, clearly organized and uninterrupted.  Your subscription to balsabuilder directly allows us to present this assortment of exciting build projects, plans, product reviews, and industry news.

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Your initial subscription order will be filled immediately with our current issue – listed at the top of our page in the bright orange bar.  After your initial fulfillment, billing occurs semi-annually (typically quarterly on the last day of February, May, August, and November) with delivery of the final publication to occur within 1-3 months of your billing date.   Your subscription pre-order allow us to more efficiently provide content, manage materials, and arrange delivery – this savings is passed along to subscribers directly.   balsabulder is available with reduced pricing and free delivery only by subscription.

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Annual subscriptions to balsabuilder are not currently available.  There is no long-term commitment – your subscription will continue until you notify us to stop.  You can cancel at any time by e-mail, or through your account at balsabuilder.com.  Subscriptions are only billed when there is a new issue pending, and you will never be billed for a subscription that does not ship.

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Subscribers in good standing are extended discounts on purchase of our back issues.  Our most current issue, along with back issues, are available for purchase and immediate delivery from this link.

12 reviews for BalsaBuilder Magazine

  1. (verified owner)

    Congratulations on the launch of the magazine. The pilot issue (great pun) totally rocks. It is a well written, well presented, beautifully illustrated work of art and intellect.

  2. (verified owner)

    Magazine looks great. LOTS of content. Excellent illustrations, by the way, those line drawings. Great job.

  3. (verified owner)

    Outstanding! Huge Congrats!

  4. (verified owner)

    This publication will make a great addition to my 3-ring binders of reference material I refer to in my shop when my PC is not available … it is a great magazine which I find very useful. BTW, I have been building balsa models since the 50’s when I was about 12 years old. And, I have also built several Stevens AeroModel kits – quality at its best.

  5. (verified owner)

    I just downloaded the pilot issue and have to compliment you and your crew on your outstanding work. It is a beautiful, professional publication and I wish you nothing but success.

  6. (verified owner)

    I wish to inform you that I am VERY pleased with your first issue!! I love the format, context, excellent graphics and thank God for the less then Giant Scale, Turbine Powered, expensive end of the hobby that always seems to steel good space in those other publications for down to earth FUN Balsa Projects!!!

    I am now 65 years old and have been building models since I was ten along with my twin brother. We are still building wood airplanes but now mostly of our own designs from Rubber Scale through 1/3 scale…

    I very much look forward to receiving this publication and hope it keeps its grass roots as well as working with balsa and teaching the art of wood model aircraft building to yet another generation…

  7. (verified owner)

    Issue 1 is excellent! Mine arrived safely yesterday (the protective cover really makes a difference and it will help preserve the issue over the coming years) and I’ve been savoring it…Beautiful work! Very nicely done! I plan to read it all again, slowly, over the weekend. Especially the articles on building techniques…Old dogs can definitely learn new tricks and these articles provide us with some sturdy bones to chew on!! Ha!

  8. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I am just knocked out by the magazine and the kits, If only every hobby had a forum and products like the ones you provide. I hope you achieve the kind of success I believe you deserve.

    On a more personal note, I am really impressed with the design of the magazine: incredibly classy for a hobby book…

  9. 5 out of 5

    My favorite now that FM is gone. The level of detail in Balsa Builder is second to none, and I hope it stays in publication for many years to come. .

  10. I want to second the comments Douglas made and add how delighted I am to see rubber powered free flight and R/C building in the same publication. I’ve built and flown electric R/C, rubber powered free flight, boost-gliders, and glow powered control line in the past year, and I’ve only scratched the surface of what aeromodelling has to offer to the builder.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Absolutely marvelous. A must have publication. I am 73 and have been building balsa model airplanes since I was a kid. Have scratch built models as complex as biplane LAZY ACE. Me and a buddy cut 6 short kits of LAZY ACE and sold them all. A great experience.

    Paul Webb

  12. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I really like your magazine and enjoy the articles and ideas for future plane projects. The art of building with balsa wood is one that should not be lost with the advent of styrofoam, plastic and foam board. A model plane hobbyist should learn about what is needed to building a model plane by assembling balsa and plywood parts not just the instant gratification of buying one off the shelf. Not that every plane in a hobbyist collect has to be built by hand but a few should be. The only improvement I would like to see made concerning your terrific magazine is that you should offer it in a down loadable PDF file. The on screen viewing is not the best for us older modelers. Keep up the good work and I am looking forward to the Winter issue.

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