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Old 10-24-2006, 09:49 PM
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Default What's Better? Fiberglass Fuselage or All-Balsa Fuselage?

Just wondering which type of fuselage is more preferred by people....so when we put planes into production, we will consider that point too...
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Old 10-25-2006, 12:23 AM
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Default RE: What's Better? Fiberglass Fuselage or All-Balsa Fuselage?

Depends on the plane. For scale warbird type planes, fiberglass is preferred because the details can be made in the mold. Such as panel lines, rivets, etc. A balsa fuse is fine, but it is all smooth with a shrink covering applied. So for example, a P-47 is very smooth with no details because it is a balsa fuselage. If it had a fiberglass fuselage it could have the detailing done while it was molded.
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Old 10-25-2006, 10:34 AM
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Default RE: What's Better? Fiberglass Fuselage or All-Balsa Fuselage?

Kmot i'm sure u didn't mean every last detail as there are others that like to do more or less of their own work but basically right on point
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Old 10-25-2006, 01:18 PM
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Default RE: What's Better? Fiberglass Fuselage or All-Balsa Fuselage?

As Kmot said, it depends upon the plane.

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Old 10-25-2006, 03:57 PM
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Default RE: What's Better? Fiberglass Fuselage or All-Balsa Fuselage?

No, I didn't mean down to every last detail. But at least 'some' detail can be added in the mold. I know there are dedicated "rivet glue ploppers" out there!
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Default RE: What's Better? Fiberglass Fuselage or All-Balsa Fuselage?

For scale planes...fiberglass.
The wood ones don't look very good, and don't sell that well.
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Old 12-08-2006, 05:23 PM
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Default RE: What's Better? Fiberglass Fuselage or All-Balsa Fuselage?

Fiberglass is great until you crack it up!
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Old 12-08-2006, 07:35 PM
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Default RE: What's Better? Fiberglass Fuselage or All-Balsa Fuselage?

It's not that hard to repair though.

Color matching is much harder.
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Old 12-08-2006, 10:01 PM
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Default RE: What's Better? Fiberglass Fuselage or All-Balsa Fuselage?

Fiberglass for all warbirds and large scale aerobatic planes (Extas, Caps, Edges, ect..). Especially if you make a pattern type aircraft.
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Default RE: What's Better? Fiberglass Fuselage or All-Balsa Fuselage?

2 cents worth.............I too like fiberglass for scale war birds for simplicity and also the farings are much easier in glass. I do have a scale Jemco P-47 that is wood but covered in brushed chrome Presto. Very good result and the panel lines are better because the panels of Presto are as scale in size and location as I could get them. The rivits were easy as well. But, for giant scale aerobatics, I still think balsa, light ply, stick, and covering is lighter, better, and easier to repair and maintain.
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Default RE: What's Better? Fiberglass Fuselage or All-Balsa Fuselage?


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Just wondering which type of fuselage is more preferred by people....so when we put planes into production, we will consider that point too...
On smaller .25 size models I would stick with balsa. Reason being most glass fuses while greater in detail weigh a bunch more then balsa. I, myslef fly mostly electric so weight is a big consideration. A glass fuse weighs more to start, add a few repairs and it's a flying brick.

My Electric World Models Dago Red <glass fuse> is identical to my World Models Candy Man .46 Mustang. The model with the glass fuse is 1lb heavier.

Just my 2 cents from the electric guys.

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Default RE: What's Better? Fiberglass Fuselage or All-Balsa Fuselage?

I like building balsa. I like repairing balsa. I like modifying balsa kits. 60% of my enjoying the hobby is in the shop. I'm just a sport flying balsa cuting kind of modeler.
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Default RE: What's Better? Fiberglass Fuselage or All-Balsa Fuselage?

I'm looking for planes in fiberglass, wood the covering wrinkles and do not look as nice. The fiberglass can be airbrushed add more detail. If you are coming out with some warbirds let me know.
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Old 04-01-2009, 07:26 PM
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Default RE: What's Better? Fiberglass Fuselage or All-Balsa Fuselage?

My vote is for fiberglass John. Just got your X-29, and have to say I didn't realize how big this plane is until I held it in my hands. A plane this big with a fiberglass fuse for the money you're getting for it......what a great deal! I only wish I had seen your F-20 before it sold out. I hope you get more of them!
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Default RE: What's Better? Fiberglass Fuselage or All-Balsa Fuselage?

Fiberglass for most. Lighter under 40 size balsa but fiberglass for the rest.
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:49 PM
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Default RE: What's Better? Fiberglass Fuselage or All-Balsa Fuselage?

The problem is that Fiberglass in the true sence is not what CMP and many of the suppliers are useing in there WW2 planes . Look at the differance in a KMP plane vs a CMP .
I am not a snob and own many CMP planes , and just recently purchased my first KMP corsair . There is a differnace in the glass used and it responce to direct sunlight .
So to answer the question ,yes glass is good , but quality is key to get true fiberglass features and benifits
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