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Old Jul 02, 2014, 12:38 PM
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Index of Tips, Tools and Techniques

There's a real wealth of tips, tools and techniques here on RC Groups and elsewhere, and it seems I stumble on one almost every day. Trying to find them again when I need them is another story, even with browser bookmarking. Happily, there are a few compendium threads that allow folks to post their best tips, tools and techniques, but again, searching them can be frustrating.

As an attempt to make the many tips, tools and techniques described on RC Groups and elsewhere more readily available, I've started to compile the following index of links. So far, I've gone through the “Best Building Tip You Ever Got” and “The Tools Money Can't Buy” threads (up in the Scale Kt/Scratch Built forum) and extracted the good stuff, and included material from elsewhere on the web as well. It's just a start though, so if you see a useful tip, tool or technique while browsing, please post the link here and I'll roll it into the index.

To make it easier to keep track of additions, I'll post new tips in red font for a week or so after they've been added.

Happy building!

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Old Jul 02, 2014, 12:38 PM
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Plan and Construction Techniques

Working with Plans

Transferring plans to balsa:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=120
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=657
Making a mirror image of plans:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1195
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1196

Construction Techniques

Glue techniques:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...8&postcount=36
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...4&postcount=40
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...6&postcount=52
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=251
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=382
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=428
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=441
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=461
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=701
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=730
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=954
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1017
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1391
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1419
Cutting techniques:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=429
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1252
Pins and pinning:
http://pldaniels.com/flying/balsa/ba...g-methods.html
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=134
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1422
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1431
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1448
Stick-and-tissue construction techniques:
http://patscustom-models.com/basics_...ck_framing.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/200806211.../fast_fuse.htm
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...0&postcount=43
Making laminated/bowed wingtip and tail surface outlines:
http://patscustom-models.com/Bowed%20Outlines.htm
Drilling neat holes in balsa and foam:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...1&postcount=31
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...39&postcount=2
Balsa sheeting techniques:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=124
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=331
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2300058
Adding gussets:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...5&postcount=52
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1081
Depron construction techniques:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=380552
Cutting foam:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...8&postcount=81
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=108
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1143
Controlling foam sanding dust:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=271
Wing attachment techniques:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=508
Wing attachment technique for biplanes:
http://www.ffscale.co.uk/page4b.htm
Squaring tail surfaces:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=157
Hinge techniques:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=932
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=937
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1290
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1403
Threading cables and wire through structure:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...2&postcount=35
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1406
Pull-pull control surfaces:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...6&postcount=75
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1059
Wheel retention:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=365
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=401
http://patscustom-models.com/Hidden%...0Retainers.htm
Windshields and cabin windows:
http://www.afterburnerforum.com/view...=107&t=55#p108
http://patscustom-models.com/Windshield%20Pattern.htm
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=352
Making cockpit coamings for open cockpits:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...94&postcount=6
Cowl alignment:
http://patscustom-models.com/cowl_alignment.htm
Assembling wheel pants:
http://patscustom-models.com/assembl...el%20Pants.htm
Wire landing gear :
http://patscustom-models.com/buildin...nding_gear.htm
Shaping tail fairing blocks:
http://patscustom-models.com/tail_fairing_blocks.htm
Shaping wing leading edges:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...39&postcount=9
Cabane struts:
http://patscustom-models.com/solderi...ane_struts.htm
Making scarf joints :
http://patscustom-models.com/Scarf%20Joints.htm
Making paper fairings:
http://patscustom-models.com/Paper%20Fairings.htm
Motor mounting techniques:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=633
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1182
Making custom spinners:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...0&postcount=45
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Advanced Construction Tips and Techniques

Vacuum Forming and Thermoplastic Techniques

Canopy molds for vacuum forming:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=489215
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1377161
Making plugs for vacuum forming:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=106
Plunge forming canopies:
http://www.ffscale.co.uk/page4f.htm
Forming canopies with a heat gun:
http://www.ffscale.co.uk/page4g.htm

Fiberglass and Composite Techniques

Glassing with water-based polyurethane (WBPU):
http://pldaniels.com/flying/balsa/fi...yurethane.html

Covering Techniques

Iron-on coverings:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=711624
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...6&postcount=83
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1370
Covering with tissue:
http://www.easybuiltmodels.com/Notes_on_tissuing.pdf
Summary of using EZEDope for tissue coverings:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...9&postcount=43
Entire EZEDope trial thread:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1920210

Painting and Finishing Techniques

Painting, panel lines and weathering;
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...t=161218&pp=15
Finishing sheet balsa:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=207
Paint masking techniques:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...9&postcount=29
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=609
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1115
http://www.ffscale.co.uk/page4a.htm
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=554
Airbrushing techniques:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...6&postcount=92
Homemade sanding sealer:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=343
Painting Litefilm :
http://patscustom-models.com/Painting%20Litefilm.htm
Painting scale propellers :
http://patscustom-models.com/paintin...propellers.htm
Printing on tissue :
http://www.parmodels.com/Printing%20..._on_tissue.htm
Printing WWI lozenge patterns on tissue:
http://www.ffscale.co.uk/page4e.htm
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Workshop Techniques, Fleet Management and Tools

Workshop Techniques

Safety:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1116
Not losing small parts:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=285
Storing CA:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...2&postcount=44
Soldering:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1086
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1449
Storage solutions:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=224
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=457
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1203


Fleet Maintenance & Management

Balancing:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1175
Checking wing washout:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=113
Preventing hangar rash:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...4&postcount=37
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=219
Battery management and charging:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=107
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=162
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=505
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=539
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1438
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1439
Repair techniques:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=477

Tools

Building boards:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=152
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=112
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=113
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=193
Cutting tools:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=183
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=192
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1154
Balsa/spruce strippers:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=244
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...6&postcount=18
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=375
http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...TOPIC_ID=20046
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=389
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=401
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...4&postcount=12
Gusset cutter:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=272
Hinge slot cutter:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...59&postcount=3
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...8&postcount=50
Foam slot cutter:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1338
Triangle stock cutter:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...3&postcount=14
Notch cutter:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...0&postcount=30
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...2&postcount=40
Simple gouges:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...26&postcount=8
Glue tools:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=358
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=144
CA applicators:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...1&postcount=34
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...8&postcount=38
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=258
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=271
Sanding tools:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=182
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=225
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=288
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=240
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=689
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1274
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1275
Jigs and fixtures:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...65&postcount=1
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1137
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1164
Biplane wing incidence jig:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=317
Tool caddies:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=100
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=213
Paint caddy:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...1&postcount=53
Angle gauges:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...5&postcount=39
Clamps:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...5&postcount=39
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=684
Airbrush paint viscosity gauge:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...2&postcount=60
Epoxy resin roller:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=434
Marking tools:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=395
Homemade tool marking:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=188
Wire soldering jig:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...72&postcount=4
Centre of gravity finder:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...8&postcount=62
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=283
Motor thrust measuring stands:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=304
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=423
Propellor pitch gauge:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=419
Transmitter programming station:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=215
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Great contribution , Steve! Hope to use it often. No use rediscovering America.

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A lot of effort went into your listings....thanks a bunch.
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Old Nov 03, 2014, 11:13 AM
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Great idea for a thread.

Here is a link to a video for making clean holes in film covering.

Making Clean Holes in Covering Film (2 min 30 sec)



Here is a thread for tools for working with balsa.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2069192

Would you like some other links to add to yours above?

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Old Nov 03, 2014, 06:47 PM
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Would you like some other links to add to yours above?

Frank
Heck yeah, Frank! Thanks for these ones, I'll add them to the lists above as soon as I get to a real computer.

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Old Nov 04, 2014, 06:24 AM
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You got it Steve and glad to help. You have done an outstanding job and I know it is a herculean effort to find those links that you found. I'd be more than pleased to help you in that effort even if I can help just a little.

I'll post more when I can.

Great job Steve and keep up the good work!

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Old Nov 11, 2014, 09:15 PM
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Steve,

I put this thread together from all the posts in the balsa builders forum. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2280159 Hope this helps with your thread.

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Added new techniques for controlling foam sanding dust, making custom spinners and using a drill press to saw stringers (under "Balsa/spruce strippers").

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