Known for his immaculate scale airplane builds like his Bugatti 100p, Joshua Orchard has done it again. Recently he's been putting together a balsa wood Corsair kit complete with all the details you could possibly imagine! Here's a rundown of his build.
Starting with the wings, the frame was assembled and then skinned. This Corsair was a kit so all of the wood was supplied in the box.
With the wing mounted, the Corsair takes on more of a familiar shape. 'It’s always a big moment in balsa builds' said Joshua on his Facebook post.
These spit flaps look a nightmare to wire up, but Joshua managed it somehow!
With the wings attached, the tail assembled and the canopy balanced in place, the aircraft is beginning to look darn impressive.
Now that's a beefy motor.
This radial engine is a 3D printed model that fits around the outrunner motor.
As well as the larger static details, there are a whole bunch of neat features that function just like on the real airplane. One of these is the retractable tail wheel. Just take a look at the complexity of this mechanism. Most of the framework is 3D printed.
One of my favourite details is this sweet sliding canopy mechanism! You can see a video of the finished cockpit here.
With the important areas masked, it was time to glass the aircraft. Joshua talks a little about this process in this video if you'd like to find out more about this technique.
Next comes the riveting phase of the build. Just take a look at the intricacy of this!
Head on over to Joshua's YouTube channel if you'd like to learn techniques like this. He also has lots of great videos explaining advanced techniques like glassing and priming scale models like this one.
After the rivet detailing process was complete, it was time to slap some Corsair blue on this warbird.
So, there you have it, one beautiful Corsair model completed and ready to take to the skies.
You can check out Joshua's taxi tests on his video here.
Joshua is currently taking his Corsair to SEFF for its maiden flight. I for one am sure looking forward to seeing this bird take to the air! If you're now wanting a Corsair project of your own, but without the massive commitment, check out or FT Mighty Mini Corsair kit on the FT Store. This way, you can work your way up to the big balsa builds like this one!
Article by James Whomsley
Editor of FliteTest.com