GWS Spitfire Build thread (with glassing tutorial)
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May 15, 2005
, 07:39 PM
Vancouver, British Columbia
Joined Mar 2004
Once the first coat is dry the next step is to trim the wings and tail surfaces. Although we took steps to ensure nice round edges for the leading edge of the wing, trailing edges and portions of the tail may not be perfect.
Here is a little trick. Trim the remainder material off as close to the part as you can. Then set a basic house hold iron to low heat (no steam). Press and roll the edges of the part against the iron. This will press the material into the foam and seal it. This takes a bit of practice but it's best to start with low heat and old the part there until the material sets, than to start with high heat and risk melting everything.
Note, you probably want to use an iron you're not planning on useing on clothing anymore. Otherwise you could find yourself sleeping in your workshop if your wife uses the iron that is covered in traces of polycrylic.
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The trailing edge of the horizontal stab with material trimmed closely to the trailing edge.
With an iron on low heat, press and roll the edges of the part so that the material forms over it. Use smooth movements. Practice on scrap material or areas that may not be visible on the final model.