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Old Jan 22, 2013, 06:47 PM
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That Spacewalker came with a split foam tube. I sprayed the foam with spray adhesive and rolled it over an old, cut up t-shirt. You may be able to purchase that foam from Sig. Craft stores may have something like it, too.
Lowes and Home Depot have it. It is called backer rod for caulking joints. You will need to cut the slot in it as it comes as a solid piece. It also comes in several sizes, 1/4" 1/2" 3/4" 1" and so forth.
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 01:23 PM
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Covering and paint

What I do is use Stits or Randolph all the way the same as we do on full scale.
I use glider cloth which is lighter and made to go over plywood structures.
But being A&P you know this probably anyhow.
I also am A&P IA and when I need a break or in between restorations I build large scale sailplanes.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 08:55 AM
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What I do is use Stits or Randolph all the way the same as we do on full scale.
I use glider cloth which is lighter and made to go over plywood structures.
But being A&P you know this probably anyhow.
I also am A&P IA and when I need a break or in between restorations I build large scale sailplanes.
Yeah, stits is great, but truth be told my last with it was A&P school. I remember having fun with the product/process...but it's not something I want to do again. I haven't twisted a wrench on planes in years...as I ended up flying. I bet your airplanes are absolutely beautiful!

It's a great process...and I may try it again sometime...but I'm going to just do the solartex/rustoleum thing for this plane and see how I like it.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 09:11 PM
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Hi there Tom,

It is very strange to notice that you seem to like nostalgic airplanes as well as I . You have or have flown a TF Stinson (I have one as well), you have or have flown both sizes of Spacewalkers, a I and II (I have a Spacewalker II as well), now completing the build of a Pica 1/6 WACO YMF and have a Nosen Mr. Mulligan and TF Cessna 182 kits to build. But my projects keep taking too long to complete because my wife says I am WAY to picky...

Anyway goo to see that you are still around.

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Old Jan 28, 2013, 08:02 AM
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Hi there Tom,

It is very strange to notice that you seem to like nostalgic airplanes as well as I . You have or have flown a TF Stinson (I have one as well), you have or have flown both sizes of Spacewalkers, a I and II (I have a Spacewalker II as well), now completing the build of a Pica 1/6 WACO YMF and have a Nosen Mr. Mulligan and TF Cessna 182 kits to build. But my projects keep taking too long to complete because my wife says I am WAY to picky...

Anyway goo to see that you are still around.

Sackie
Yes, It's true. We like the same aircraft.

I don't have a Top Flite Stinson. I have a same size IKON Stinson SR-8 I do have two Spacewalkers, and I had the Pica WACO. LOL

I'm currently building a Monoprep, a predecessor to the Monocoupe.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 10:56 PM
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That Monoprep is a cool build!

And I, too, am find a love for these scale models. The fleet is growing rapidly.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:03 AM
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Although not as popular as Warbirds, the Classics do have an avid following.
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 04:45 PM
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If I might add a thought here, I did the Fighter thing for several years .I flew a Ziroli Bearcat with scale retracts that folded the legs as it folded the gear.

The constant maintenance prompted me to gravitate to the non-retracting Classics....These sweet old aircraft enjoy flying as much as we do, and they command as much attention as the warbirds.

So I'm firmly back to the ragwings that look as I think an airplane should.

The taperwing Stinsons are the epitome of the designs that make me happy,although a well rounded wing tip still catches my eye.

Next year I'll start a build thread on only the Classics- too much to finish this year.
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 05:39 PM
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I do want to build some warbirds as well...but I am with you on the maintenance and I also find them more challenging to fly. The only larger warbird I've had is a CMP P40 ARF that required loads of work to get right and then fought with me for 3 crash landings despite the Lado retracts I spared no expense on...grass and retracts don't mix well and my skill as a pilot was maxed out just keeping the relatively overpowered bird in the air (lots of torque roll on throttle up...required at deft left hand and I was not up to the task).

I'm going to put a topflite 60 size P40 ARF together at some point, but my skill has increased since that CMP P40 and I'm hopeful I will at least be able to fly the thing.

Still, despite my best efforts, I cannot find a model I enjoy flying as much as my 1/4 Scale Hangar 9 J3. Word on the street is the Stinson will fly about the same and that makes me very happy. I've had the biggest grin ever spending a tank of fuel practicing my scale wheel landings and 1/4 throttle scale takeoffs. The classics are awesome...and while I'm enjoying the Stinson build, I can't wait to get it in the air and FLY it.
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 05:47 PM
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Take your time while building your Stinson. It will challenge you, and it should take you some time to complete it.

It's all fun, though. Take the time to enjoy it.
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 05:59 PM
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Take your time while building your Stinson. It will challenge you, and it should take you some time to complete it.

It's all fun, though. Take the time to enjoy it.
Thanks for the reminder. I'm definitely slowing my usual build pace with this one...making sure things are straight and true as I go.
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 06:10 PM
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Think things through, before adding the glue.

I'm a poet, and I didn't knowit.
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Old Feb 02, 2013, 07:38 PM
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Think things through, before adding the glue.

I'm a poet, and I didn't knowit.
Awesome! Ha! (but so true)
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Old Feb 04, 2013, 09:19 AM
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Earl,
You hit the nail on the head with my experience. I've been doing the warbird thing for several years. I've always admired Toms golden age classics and now it looks like I have a collection starting from some classics that were given to me. (Nosen Mulligan, Nosen Champ, I built two busa cubs, a J3 and NE-1 Navy cub, and have a L-4 on the bench, all 1/4 scale). I find myself being drawn to the classics now since I'm more into laid back crusing around. Theres a club around here that has an all high wing fly in that I plan to attend this year.
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 06:21 PM
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She's a great flier!
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