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Default RE: suggestions for wood and sizes for Stikadet bash

If I remember correctly my Midwest Sweet Stik used 1/8" sheet balsa for the tail feathers and either 3/32" or 1/8" balsa for the skins. I would not use plywood but balsa for all the formers. All you really need plywood for is the firewall. If you still want some added strength try use light ply for the formers on each side of the wing saddle. I built a Bill Katz design civilian job and substituted light ply for his plywood formers without any fallout. It saved me a lot of weight and hard landings were not an issue. Another thing you may wish to consider if you would like to knock the sharp corners off the fuselage is to add 1/2" balsa triangle along the edge of the two fuselage sides (clipping the corners of the formers of course). Once the basic fuselage is assembled you round the corners. Carl Goldberg use to do this on some of his scale models to soften the slab side look.

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