Midwest Series Of Sheet Balsa Models
The models in this section represent reproductions of the old Midwest sheet balsa series of scale models models. This series of models is similar to those presented in the Top Flite Jigtime, Goldberg, Kiel Kraft EzEeBilt, and Frog Flite model series. They were die cut balsa models with color and markings pre applied. Like the Goldberg models, the amount of color was limited so all of the models presented as reproductions have had the color enhanced to take advantage of current day methods for applying markings to balsa. There were only four models in this series.
The models shown here along with the plan packages are a best attempt to reproduce the original series in their original form. Each plan package includes a scan of the original kit plan along with some building notes. All of the plans are in the Adobe PDF format. Each package contains multiple pages that are printed on U.S. legal size paper (8.5" x 14"). A link is provided with each model description to download the associated plan package.
WHEN PRINTING MAKE SURE THAT PRINT SCALING HAS BEEN TURNED OFF.
A description of the method I use to print the parts directly on balsa is provided here. Just click on the link.
NOTE - A very good alternative to printing the parts for these models directly on balsa it to use T-shirt iron-on transfer paper. This material comes in 8 1/2" x 11" sheet size and works very well for transferring the drawn parts to balsa. A summary of the process for doing this is covered here. The major advantage of using this process is any printer can be used. To make it a bit easier to use iron-on transfer paper to create the full color parts for these models an alternate parts drawing package is provided. This drawing package has been laid out for 8 1/2" x 11" and for A4 sheets. A link to the iron-on transfer packages is provided in each model section of this page.
If you have access to a 3D printer, you will find some 3D print files for propellers here. The 7" prop is well suited for these models.
This is the Citabria. The Citabria was produced by several companies starting in the 1960's. The color has been enhanced from that used on the original kit. The original kit just had some red markings on bare balsa. The bare balsa has been filled in with light gray and a few markings were added to the original set. The kit and reproduction markings are not those used for the box art. The box says the wing span is 22", it is actually 20".
This is the Cessna Cardinal. The markings have been enhanced some what from that used on the original kit. The original kit only had red markings on bare balsa. Background color was added along with some additional graphics based on the factory three view drawing. The box says the model has a wing span of 22", it is actually 20".