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Old Jul 16, 2014, 11:28 AM
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Shaping pool noodles to form fuselages

Pool noodles make great SPAD fuselages, especially for flying wings or pushers (since they tend to be a bit flexible, I have not yet tried using one in a tractor application). They are cheap, light, easy to construct and double up as a shock absorber.

The nose can be shaped by carving as one would do for any other foam, but the finish tends to be less than smooth. I have heard of folks using a clothes iron to shape EPP, and I assume this could also work for pool noodles - the catch being that the iron is not going to be much use for ironing clothes again

I use a slightly different technique that seems to work well, even for quite complex shapes (i.e. F16 fuselage). The trick is to cut the profile you want on the INSIDE of the noodle and then pinch the resulting 'wedge' together and glue with contact adhesive. This keeps the nice smooth surface finish of the original noodle intact. I usually just do the cutting by eye, but you could use a paper template to be a bit more precise. As with everything, practice makes perfect and its definitely worth practicing on some scraps before cutting your first nose.

Once again, hopefully a schematic and some pictures will make this technique a bit clearer.
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Old Jul 16, 2014, 01:12 PM
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Use a Teflon iron shield, you can slip it off when you're done and your iron remains pristine.

They are only a few bucks.
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Old Jul 16, 2014, 04:23 PM
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Thanks ES. SO simple yet effective!
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