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Old Jan 27, 2007, 08:24 PM
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Alright, my computer did not like being left unattended with Photoshop running, it crashed and took forever to recover, but I've got a few minutes so now back to the build.

I set up a work station where I normally work on my plastic kits and inspected the parts. I was struck by how light and flimsy and the balsa felt. I also learned that "Laser Cut" means "cut." The parts simply pop out without any significant cutting! That aspect made things easier than expected but not easy. I sanded the nubs with my homemade sand blocks (discarded 2x4 ends with 3M 180 grit bonded with 3M77 spray adhesive). I was concerned about some occasional "fuzz" generation, but I got over it.

I found the first few steps puzzling. There seemed to be some unnecessary parts to glue onto the stabilizer and rudder. I didn't mind as it gave me some good training for handling thin CA for the first time. I wore plastic gloves as I had read that it was quite easy to glue one's self to the plane.

These tip pieces came from a thicker sheet of balsa so I began to understand why I'd be sanding from time to time to get everything consistent. When it came to sanding the bevel, I wasn't exactly sure what that meant so I consulted the other builds.
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