Yes EVERYTHING is balsa. Even the skids! I started by cutting a lengthwise frame off 2mm thick balsa of the side view of the machine. Cut out the openings for the cabin and main transmission. Then I cut waffers of balsa of the profile at that station as seen from the front and top. Glued these to the lenghtwise frame at the appropriate spots.
Then I filled up the spaces between the waffers with rough pieces of balsa. Then spent few hours (phew) carving and sanding until the shape came to live. Then I filled up any small imperfections with spot filler (body puty). Then covered that with two layers of resin. Lots of sanding and a coat of actual aircraft primer.
I m busy making the doors next. Will show you the weekend what that comes to. I have already made the interionr paneling and carpets. Hope it works. I basically found some old shirts that has the correct grain pattern. Dye one set cream and the other one dark grey with water color paint. Dryed it and iron it for bout an hour while spraying starch on it. so now its stiff ;like plastic but with a scale matching grain to it.
I still have no idea of what color or pattern to spray the exterior as I work on helicopters I see alot of them and one thing most of them has incomen is that they are painted very very BORING. I want it ot pop but at the same time be stunning but not American Chopper (If you get my meaning).
Damm thats a lot! Sorry if I was rambling! Its a real passion of mine and I am VERY proud of her! Never thought my first would come out like this!!!!
anyway please feel free to give advise or critique! Paint scheme? I would love to communicate with you more. If you want you can mail me at email@example.com. Anyone can!