Finn Hill Middle School Model Building and Flying Activities
Finn Hill 2017 - 2018 Schedule
A video of the latest Finn Hill Flying session is available here.
Parents of students who participate in the Finn Hill Middle School Build and Fly sessions frequently ask us where they can buy rubber powered model airplane kits and associated paraphernalia such as rubber winders and the strip rubber for making the rubber motors that power our indoor model airplanes. Unfortunately, most of the local hobby shops do not carry much in the way of free flight model airplane kits and associated supplies. However, Galaxy Hobby in Lynnwood does have a few laser-cut scale balsa wood model kits for more experienced model builders.
SAM 8 buys many of the free flight supplies for the Finn Hill Build and Fly sessions from mail order only businesses. The Mountain Lion kit, which Finn Hill students built last spring, is available from Laser-Cut Planes (www.lasercutplanes.com). They also offer several other indoor kits, some of which are sturdy enough to fly outdoors during calm and dry conditions, provided the tissue paper covering is sprayed with a couple of light coats of clear Krylon paint. All of the Laser Cut Plane kits are obviously laser cut and are designed to eliminate cutting and sanding the balsa wood parts. All parts are self-locating with slots and tabs, so building plans are not necessary. Laser Cut Planes also sells the very popular 15 to 1 ratio rubber winder and the strip rubber that powers the models.
BMJR Models (www.bmjrmodels.com) is another good source for laser cut balsa wood model airplane kits. They have a large selection of simple rubber powered and electric motor powered free flight models airplane kits and some accessories. They also sell more advanced free flight and radio controlled kits for some of the classic model airplanes from the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s.
Volare Products (www.volareproducts.com) is one of the best sources for rubber powered model airplane kits and accessories. They sell everything from beginner to advanced laser cut balsa model airplane kits as well as hard to find Japanese tissue, a large assortment of plastic props and balsa wood props, propeller bearings, various sizes and styles of landing gear wheels, and those yellow rubber winders. They also sell the FAI Super Sport strip rubber in various widths in one pound, half pound and quarter pound packages.
Peck Polymers (http://www.peck-polymers.com) has been around for over 40 years and they are now under new ownership for the second time. They have redesigned most of their line of beginner to advanced rubber powered model airplane kits from die-cut balsa (also known as “die-crushed balsa”) to laser cut balsa. Like Volare Products, they sell a complete line of accessories to build and fly small rubber powered model airplanes.
Here are shots from the November 19, 2017 Build and Fly:
Here are some shots taken Saturday April 17 at the Finn Hill building session. It was a roaring success with about twenty students involved. They all finished their gliders and flew them. They had fun!
Bob the Whidbey Whiz
Bob the Whidbey Whiz