Laminated Balsa Parts Made Easy!

Nov 18, 2012 No Comments by

When I started building my newest project, the Balsa USA 1/3-scale Fokker Triplane kit, I followed the instructions as much as I could, and that included some of the lamination of balsa parts to created curved surfaces. Here’s some construction tips that aren’t obvious but will make your laminating chores a bit easier.


When the plans and instructions tell you to cut and glue a bunch of forming blocks to a sheet of plywood to form the wingtips, try this instead. The wingtips are made from four layers of 1/16-inch balsa die cut parts. The blocks are used to hold the parts while the glue dries but, it is very hard to prevent the glue from sticking to the blocks. With thin parts like these, you do not have to soak the wood before laminating, you can use the water-based glue to help make the wood more plyable.

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