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Old Nov 17, 2011, 03:28 PM
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Rounded Edge Planking Strips

Hello,

I am trying to find Rounded Edge Planking Strips. This is the type used in old Berkeley and Sig kits. Does anyone know where they might be avaliable? These were great for planking.

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Jim Walton
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Old Nov 18, 2011, 05:22 PM
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Balsa USA maybe, but no bets. regular shape strips aren't so bad if you taper them before fitting.

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Old Nov 18, 2011, 10:49 PM
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I don't believe those have been made for 20-30 years. They were 1/8" thick and had a concave round on one side and convex on the other if I remember correctly. They were not very cost effective and frankly you can get a better fit by tapering strips cut from a sheet.

My GUESS is that the only way to get them is to find someone with a stash of them. Good luck.

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Old Nov 19, 2011, 12:16 PM
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Thanks both of you for your replies. I doubt if we will ever see them again.

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Old Nov 19, 2011, 12:35 PM
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Hi guys, here is a thread I just received on Brotherhood of the Ring site. The technique shown will work. This is a great help.

Jim

http://raysmodels.ca/Technical%20Tip...g%20article.do...
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 01:16 PM
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We make one kit with a planked fuselage and we wanted to make more but everyone is afraid to do planking. It does not need to be water tight, you can leave gaps up 3/16" wide and after you cover it with silkspan no one will know. If people are afraid to plank then a lot of good designs are wasted.
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Old Nov 26, 2011, 09:56 AM
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We make one kit with a planked fuselage and we wanted to make more but everyone is afraid to do planking. It does not need to be water tight, you can leave gaps up 3/16" wide and after you cover it with silkspan no one will know. If people are afraid to plank then a lot of good designs are wasted.
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Larry,

If you did have gaps, wouldn't you just fill them in with a light weight filler?

Thanks,

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Old Nov 26, 2011, 05:46 PM
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Back in 1983 when I built my CL Scale P-38 I planked the booms with 3/16 inch wide strips and the center pod with 1/8 inch wide strips of 1/8 inch thick balsa. After the glue dried I first rough sanded them to a reasonable contour. next I mixed two part epoxy and using old playing cards squeegeed the epoxy into the cracks. When the epoxy cured it was as if the planking was molded in a single piece. I cut the landing Gear doors out and hinged then back on. Go to the March 1986 Model Aviation, page 75 to see the results.

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Old Dec 01, 2011, 12:39 PM
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I planked this with 1/8th...

...cut them myself from sheet with an Xacto.
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Old Dec 09, 2011, 09:33 AM
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...cut them myself from sheet with an Xacto.
Nice Tigercat....what model kit is it?
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Old Dec 10, 2011, 12:12 AM
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Paul Plecan plans from 1950. I built it in '07 and rushed the finish. I'll probably refinish it in silver as the XP-65.
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