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Old Aug 12, 2012, 09:11 PM
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Does StMartin use tracing paper to simulate rib tape? It is a neat effect.
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Old Aug 12, 2012, 09:18 PM
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Thanks Peter. I had not thought of masking tape. May have to try that next time.

Charlie, I am surprised you have never tried tapes. To me, they add a lot to the model. At least on the large scale models that I have seen.

Spent some time reading Maltones build of the Brisfit and got some ideas on how to do the fuse stitching.

Spent most of the afternoon trying to decide on how I am going to run the aileron servo wire leads from the top wing into the fuse. Need to decide on this before moving forward to cover the top wing. I am open for suggestions.

Picked up some silver craft paint the other day that looks like it might work well. The lower wings and the tailfeathers are ready for paint now.

Last week, I cobbled together one of those profile foamy SEFF combat planes from some FFF that I bought for lamination patterns. The plane I built was the Zero. I have flown it several times and it is a heck of a lot of fun for not much money. Good for keeping your thumbs nimble.

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Old Aug 12, 2012, 09:20 PM
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Does StMartin use tracing paper to simulate rib tape? It is a neat effect.
That is where I got the idea. He did a thread some time back about detailing a model. However, his application method is a little different than mine.

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Old Aug 13, 2012, 07:52 PM
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she is coming along beautifully mate, your rib tapes look top notch! i am at present shareing your joy of polyspan, beautiful to work with, goes so nicely around wingtips as well.

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Old Aug 16, 2012, 12:57 AM
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You mentioned you were using old Guillows silkspan, I was never aware of them using silkspan in their kits, only tissue.
Plane looks nice!
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Old Aug 18, 2012, 08:09 AM
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You mentioned you were using old Guillows silkspan, I was never aware of them using silkspan in their kits, only tissue.
Plane looks nice!
Thanks for the compliment.

I have been told that the tissue in the old Guilloos kits is silkspan. I took their (keeping my source anonymous) word for it as I have never actually bought any silkspan. Make a really nice smooth finish.

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Old Aug 18, 2012, 11:28 AM
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I think that the tissue in the Guillows kits is silkspan. I can't tell any difference between it and silkspan that I have ordered as 'silkspan'. It is, I think, different from 'Jap tissue' which is lighter. Incidentally there are different weights of silkspan.

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Old Aug 18, 2012, 01:03 PM
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As near as I can recall (having cut my modeling teeth on Guillow, Comet, Sterling, et al) Comet invariably included tissue in their kits, while Guillow would include tissue in the smaller kits (like the 500 & 900 series, for example), and the larger kits might include silkspan, as I vaguely recall my older brother's 301 Aeronca had. I recall a few Sterling kits including silkspan for the larger kits as well.

Just adding a bit more pointless drivel to the thread, I guess!

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Old Aug 18, 2012, 04:17 PM
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James is correct. I built a lot of Guillows, Sterling , and Comet kits in the 1970's. The larger Guillows and Sterling kits all had silkspan . The smaller Guillows kits had colored tissue, though usually not the correct color for the build.

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Old Aug 19, 2012, 08:26 AM
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I did not get much done during the week. Working late, club meetings, etc. I did get started on wiring the servos in the top wing. Hope to get that finished today.

Made a withdrawal at my bank's ATM yesterday and the receipt had a coupon on the back for 40% off any item at Hobby Lobby. Soooo, I made a trip over and found a new laser cut Guillows P-40. Cost me less than $25.00 after the coupon. What a deal. The laser cutting and the wood look fantastic. Now I just need to find the time to build it. So many planes already started that need finishing first.

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Old Aug 26, 2012, 05:42 PM
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Been a while since my last post. Just wanted to drop a note. I am still plugging away. Spent all week and this weekend finishing up the rib tapes on the top wing and ailerons. Pretty repetitive and boring work. Had to stop and take frequent RCGroup breaks. Anyway, all the rib tapes are done. Just need one more coat of lacquer on the top wing and ailerons and they will be ready for paint. Next will be to finish detailing the fuse. Then I can paint, decal, and assemble. And maybe fly. Speaking of which, I see a Zero in my shop that might need a toss.

Not much progress to take pics of. Maybe next week.

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Old Aug 26, 2012, 06:04 PM
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No sweat, I'm in the same boat with my Rake Pup. I just have to finish the fuse and it's on to covering.
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Old Sep 02, 2012, 01:26 PM
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Some progress. All the different pieces are covered. The wings and tail feathers have all their rib tapes done. I have the wood fairings on the UC strut wires and the rear cabane strut wires. Now have spackle drying on the strut covers where the wires show. After it dries and is sanded smooth, I will put silkspan on them to seal and make the attachment stronger. Need to do this, and make the headrest then I can paint.

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Definately worth the effort mate, your tapes look great, as does the strut cladding, very neat work!

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