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Old Jan 24, 2012, 02:59 PM
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Foam ribs covered with Econokote or similar?

Anyone ever build a plane the "regular way" except for using balsa ribs they used foam? Just curious for an alternative technique to covering the whole structure in foam.
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Old Jan 26, 2012, 10:44 AM
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No one? I guess I have some experimenting to do!
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Old Jan 26, 2012, 11:04 AM
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Old Jan 26, 2012, 11:16 AM
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It wasn't that uncommon a building method years ago. We built a few competition fun fly planes with them. Particularly easy with a hot wire, just cut a small wing and slice off the ribs. With the advent of ARFs and foamies, most people aren't into actual building anymore.

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Old Jan 26, 2012, 12:28 PM
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Anyone ever build a plane the "regular way" except for using balsa ribs they used foam? Just curious for an alternative technique to covering the whole structure in foam.
The problem with substituting foam for balsa in a film covered open wing is that foam lacks the compressive strength of balsa. It can be done but you'll need design a proper spar and support the LE and TE so they don't warp when you shrink the covering.

The advantage, besides cost it that you can hotwire your ribs all at once. Very useful for tapered wings.

See this post: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...2&postcount=75 for the "laser method" using foam ribs.

You can also just sheet from the spar forward and add balsa cap ribs and TE to use this method with heat shrink films.
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Old Jan 26, 2012, 12:34 PM
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you can, all tho it can lead to extremely floppy models more prone to damage than just building with balsa & sheeting that.



more popular is to not cover, but use only a minimum amount of foam ribs, spars & bulkheads and sheet it with foam.

also, cheaper than wasting good covering or copious amounts of tape on foam is to take paper & use watered down PVA/AR (white glue or wood glue) and paint that on. it's lighter than tape & adds a huge amount of strength & rigidity to the foam. i have a 3 channel balsa trainer with a styrofoam wing constructed in that method. it's 18 years old, still flies & has taught no telling how many people to fly.

plus, then you can use regular old spray paint without fear of the harsh cleaners & accelerators eating foam





there is no right or wrong way to build something.
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Old Jan 26, 2012, 05:59 PM
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I know this build: http://www.wherzog.de/eflug/sukhoibau1.htm

All in german but you can see by the pics that they used foam ribs on thae wing.
At the bottom of the page you can click further through the build.
What they used for building is a foam called "Styrodur". This is quite dense an "hard" foam.
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 12:59 AM
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I've seen it done with the plastic heat shrink that they put around fruit gift baskets, and you can get it at the Dollar Store just spray the foam with 3m 77 or I prefer 3m 90. That will get it to stick to the foam then just use a hot hair dryer or low temp heat gun, you can use a heat gun if its too hot just pull it away from the plane a little farther
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 01:29 AM
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The covering you choose is also VERY important I find Ultracote & Towercote to be best direct to foam, just be shure if you use a Heat-gun to stetch out any loose covering not to melt the internal foam structure, I use Monocote & ultracote on all my airliner & Bomber builds, Good luck Spamman!
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Do you have a brand name or product name to identify the right plastic?



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I've seen it done with the plastic heat shrink that they put around fruit gift baskets, and you can get it at the Dollar Store just spray the foam with 3m 77 or I prefer 3m 90. That will get it to stick to the foam then just use a hot hair dryer or low temp heat gun, you can use a heat gun if its too hot just pull it away from the plane a little farther
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Do you have a brand name or product name to identify the right plastic?
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1243116
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Old Jan 30, 2012, 12:15 AM
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Thanks for the replies guys! I think I will incorporate this style of construction in my next build. Another question. What would you guys use to glue the balsa to foam? I'm thinking white glue, any other suggestions?
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Thanks for the replies guys! I think I will incorporate this style of construction in my next build. Another question. What would you guys use to glue the balsa to foam? I'm thinking white glue, any other suggestions?
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