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Posted by BlackOps | May 17, 2016 @ 02:22 PM | 1,288 Views
Anyone who has foam planes knows that occasionally you get one with a finish that could use some help. My particular plane has some significant pitting in the finish so I have decided to smooth it out some with foam putty before I paint.

I used Woodland Scenic brand foam putty, works great, easy to use and is super light weight.

Next up: Detailing the Cockpit and Pilot.
Posted by BlackOps | May 17, 2016 @ 01:39 PM | 1,216 Views
I recently purchased this little guy on a whim and am glad I did. It's a great little flyer and just looks cool. Like all my other aircraft I just can't let well enough alone, so I am making some modifications.

The first thing I wanted to do is personalize it with a new paintjob, but before I can do that, I have to take care of a few other things.

Step one: this plane is known to have a decalage issue (horizontal stabs are not quite in alignment with the thrust line) which causes the plane to have a tendency to climb like crazy. I had to max out my trim to get it to fly level but then it felt like I was dragging the tail around.

This has prompted me to try the most common fix, which is to place a shim in the seam just forward of the vertical stab.

First I slid a thin piece of cardboard into the seam and traced the curve with a pencil to make a template. I then removed the cardboard and traced around it onto a thin scrap of sheet styrene that I had in with my modeling supplies.

The styrene is then trimmed with an exacto knife and sanded slightly on the bottom edge to make a slight wedge shape. then inserted into the seam and held in place with tape. (nice and snug, no need for glue).