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SILVER DART CONSTRUCTION NOTES
written by Al
Yunker – May, 06
The wings are covered on the tops only, with tension
wires on the bottoms. A jig was made from Styrofoam to hold the
curve of the wings while the struts and wings were glued together.
Black craft/button thread was used for the rigging, tension wires,
and trailing edges of the wings. Gray craft/button thread was used
for the control lines of the rudder and ailerons. Small pulleys
were made from cross cuts of very small dowel and grooves were placed
on pulleys for lines to run around.
The body was constructed as per the plans and materials
provided. All balsa in the body that was not heavy stock was 1/16th
sq balsa sanded to round the edges and marked with a pencil to simulate
the bamboo that was used in the original plane. Again black craft/button
thread was used for the rigging. The metal fittings where the bamboo
joined was simulated with flat black paint. All balsa was stained
to give the look of different types of wood.
The main body of the engine, the pistons, and the
gas tank were made from various sizes or wood dowels. Balsa scraps,
black craft/button thread and wire were used for the other detailing
such as fuel lines, spark plug lines and belts. The radiator was
constructed from music wire and balsa.
The wheels and tires were made from balsa and black
I cheated on the steering wheel. It came from a
1/25th scale model car.
Balsa Model Airplane Kit.