The fuselage is pod and boom style.
The balsa pod is carved from a box of 3/16" medium
balsa sheet and reinforced internally with 1/16
Finished with a thin cloth of
fiberglass, and a finishing resin for reinforcement giving it a "lacquered" effect.
To make a rolled fuselage all you need is a good mold. A snooker baton is perfect.
The process is as follows:
Make a shallow chamfer along one edge of the balsa sheet. A 10:1 bevel is about right.
Cover the baton with saran wrap. Wet the balsa with water having a small amount of dish detergent.
Begin to curve the balsa sheet around the baton. Hold the balsa in place using quality tape spaced about
4" between pieces.
Because the snooker baton is a cone, all you have to do is pull the balsa tube to obtain a round circle.
If some torsion (twists) occur you can turn the balsa tube until a perfect line is obtained with no twists.
Let the tube dry for a minimum of 24 hours (longer is better).
After the tube is fully dry, use thin CA
glue to glue the joint taking care not to glue the tape to the tube.
Do not remove the cone from the mold at this time. Use fine
sandpaper to sand the tube as smooth as
possible. Go ahead and finish sand the tube at this time.
Fiberglass the tube using light (0.5 or 0.75 oz. cloth). Apply a second coat of resin. Finish sand
the resin after the second coat is fully cured.
Remove the balsa cone from the snooker baton when you are satisfied and that's it.