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Old 07-24-2018, 05:24 PM
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I'm ready to either purchase a volgesang JW 1/3 scale albatros or the balsa usa. My question to all those few people that actually may have built one of these planes is to give me advice on difficulty of build and what engine they chose. I'm pretty advanced builder with scratch builds, GTM and balsa usa builds. I want to build if fast under 1 year. BTW if you have one for sale maybe I would be interested.
Old 07-25-2018, 04:39 PM
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I think JW kits build much faster than Bals USA's. This is from what a couple of acquaintances who have built both have said. JW has tab and slot construction and BUSA has a lot of sticks. I have seen both JW & BUSA finished models and they both come out really nice and also fly well.
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I built the JW Pup. It has similar construction to the Albi. As mentioned its mostly tab construction and light ply wood.
It's not as Scale as the BUSA plane. JW does take a few liberties with the plane. One for example is the lower wing sub wing. The full scale plane has one and flying wires are anchored to it. The JW kit does not have a sub wing attaches the Wires to the fuse side.
Is it a big deal? That depends on your level of expectation.
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Thanks for the information. Just want to tell the scale builder community if there is a albatros kit of any kind they have and just gave up on it and want to sell please let me know. I will pay price of kit at time you bought it.
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Sooo many years later I'm weighting out the same decision

After all this time. Has there be updates to kits?

Balsa USA is 1/3 is $1900 shipped while the JW kit is $2100 shipped.

Which would you chose?

JW kit dose come with nice thin plywood for better looking wood finish and all metal parts are already welded
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Ok well I order the JW 1/3 Albatross kit, and its amazing, Within 3 weeks I was done with all the wings, elevators, rudder and started on the fuse. Wasted 2 days tracing all the ribs and forms to make my own copy incase of accident.

The light skin ply is cut perfectly to shape which makes it great. No regrets

Only issue with the kit, is fiberglass spinner/alummum back plate, I would of prefer all Alummum as these do nose over.
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Nice to see some pictures of your build and maybe the kit. What kind of engine did you settle on?

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