Thanks for your input guys....
This kit is pretty comprehensive and very good value for money. The only really poor thing about it is the rubber. The rubber is simply not stretchy enough to be able to get sufficient winds in for a decent length flight. This model should be capable of at least a 30s or so flight with some decent rubber.
Other than that it’s just niggles really. The tissue is boring colours and the die cutting is not very accurate especially in relation to the notches for the 1/16” strips, and the wood is a bit on the heavy side, especially the strip BUT this makes it better for the beginner as it will more likely survive trimming glitches and knocks.
The propeller is a reasonable size (why Guillow’s don’t put this sized one on some of the other kits I really don’t know!?) The hard work with the pliers is done since it’s already fitted to the bushing and the shaft bent over nice and neatly. This convenience also stretches over to the under cart wire which is pre bent. The gauge is a little heavy for a model of this size, but it will survive knock and bangs well.
The wheels are simple, but light. There is a nice decal sheet which will brighten up the model.
Other than the rubber I’m going to use the kit contents exclusively. The only other things I’ll use will be stuff that will probably be in the kitchen drawer, garage, or office, or available at your local hardware store.
There a few other things that you will need mainly adhesives and sealants, however the only thing that you will need now, and during the majority of the build is some glue.
I use PVA (white glue) exclusively for balsa joints and for attaching the tissue. You can use cyanoacrylate adhesive CA (known in the UK as superglue) for joining balsa, but I’m not a big fan of it for building in general as it is heavy and hard to sand (amongst other things) BUT it will join balsa and metal and some of the other dissimilar materials during the build. It is obviously quicker to build with CA when compared with white glue, but I prefer the longer time to make adjustments, and it makes me take my time and not hurry.
As for the materials to seal the tissue we will look at this much later in the build.
For interest sake I’m weighing the wood as it is in the sheets just to get a frame of reference for the weight. I’ll weigh it again during various stages of the build to give anyone a reasonable estimate of the final weight of the build.
In order to get a flier we will need to keep the AUW less than around 35g including rubber and any nose weight we may need.
The wood in my kit weighs a total of nearly 24g. I think that the final weight of the frames should end up at around ¾ of this at around 18g. This is taking into account the waste around the die cuts and the fact that Guillows always supply a generous amount of strip.