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Old Nov 28, 2012, 07:25 PM
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Wow, that's interesting advice, why have I not heard that before?
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 02:46 AM
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build it to fly not to withstand a crash
Yeah, the added weight of the strengthened plane makes it hit the ground harder. F=MA, ya know.

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and a close second was build it straight.
So true, it took me a couple of builds before I learned, the first thing to do is draw a centerline and stay on it. I built a couple of really squirrely planes before I figured that out.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 03:13 AM
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sandpaper organizer

I saw this at Sears and couldnt bring myself to pay like $30 for this when I had an old file organizer laying around the house. fits all your sandpaper perfect and now its easy to find the grit you are looking for.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 05:15 AM
Bleriot's R Us
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I like that one thanks
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 10:36 AM
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Me too. My paper is all mixed up. I think I'll use this tip.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 11:29 AM
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You want the all plastic version the paper/card one wont last long
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 12:56 PM
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I saw this at Sears and couldnt bring myself to pay like $30 for this when I had an old file organizer laying around the house. fits all your sandpaper perfect and now its easy to find the grit you are looking for.
Yep,that's a good one.
Thanks... Fred
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Old Dec 16, 2012, 10:36 AM
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To some extent, strengthening a plane slightly can be good. You don't want the top wing of a biplane falling off from the force of a landing just because the balsa struts holding it on were too weak. But if you go overboard strengthening a plane (like I am guilty of in the past), then you end up with one way overweight.
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 05:51 PM
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white vinegar cleans unset epoxy off brushes; cheap and effective (albeit a bit whiffy)

saved me a lot of reasonable brushes for re-use
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 08:57 PM
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white vinegar cleans unset epoxy off brushes; cheap and effective (albeit a bit whiffy)

saved me a lot of reasonable brushes for re-use
I'll remember that whenever I run out of acetone. I keep a jar full of acetone to put my brushes in between coats or when changing colors, and to clean them when I'm finished.
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 09:16 PM
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and i'll add another tip :
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I'll remember that whenever I run out of acetone. I keep a jar full of acetone to put my brushes in between coats or when changing colors, and to clean them when I'm finished.
that tends to make them fall apart with my brushes

and i'll add another tip :
beware that waxed paper has a shiny and a dull side, and if you put the dull side against the epoxy when you are sandwiching carbon fibre tissue to balsa will find it sticks like **** to a blanket, requiring a lot of effort to scour it off

isopropyl wipes do a reasonable job though if you must...
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 09:52 AM
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that tends to make them fall apart with my brushes

and i'll add another tip :
beware that waxed paper has a shiny and a dull side, and if you put the dull side against the epoxy when you are sandwiching carbon fibre tissue to balsa will find it sticks like **** to a blanket, requiring a lot of effort to scour it off

isopropyl wipes do a reasonable job though if you must...
Even with wax paper, you need to be using a release agent if you want trouble-free fiberglass work. Trust me on this. I own a classic Corvette and have had to learn how to do fiberglass for the restoration process.

Use a release agent for your fiberglass jobs, folks.
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 03:12 PM
Build it up!
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Get a razor plane! Best tool I ever bought! Set it to take off paper thin slices and you'll get results twice as fast as sandpaper with none of the dust!
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Old Dec 23, 2012, 05:42 PM
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Get a razor plane! Best tool I ever bought! Set it to take off paper thin slices and you'll get results twice as fast as sandpaper with none of the dust!
Yes, I love my razor plane, best $5 I ever spent for my modeling habit.
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Old Jan 02, 2013, 03:40 PM
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CA and Baking Soda

Never get CA on your fingers when you have baking soda on them. I just did that. Don't recommend it
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