Just a quick note to congratulate you on a great magazine. I think it is about time that someone is brave enough to put out a publication that is geared towards explaining how to build from scratch, using balsa wood.., instead of simply getting a RTF. It is great to have a “how-to” magazine available instead of another 100 page catalog for giant, ready to fly products, that most beginners can’t afford anyway. I feel that your publication, “BalsaBuilder” will help get young boys and girls heads out of video games and introduce them into this outstanding hobby!
Great info on mixing Diesel Fuel at home and where to get the chemicals and containers!!
I’m a “Diesel Head” and even make small diesels for sale (palmodelproducts.com)! Diesel fuel is always a question and now it’s simple and readable in the issue #3 of “Balsa Builder” ! Thanks to all!!
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.
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.
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.
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. .
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…
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!
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.
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.