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Old May 25, 2008, 02:43 PM
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Don't be cheap. Replace your razor blades and sandpaper often. It will save you some frustration, and it will make your model better.
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Old Jun 10, 2008, 04:19 AM
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To keep sawdust, sanding dust ETC from getting into your fuel lines during construction, if you have a few spare fuel filters open them up and fill with paper towel. Instant dust plugs!

Note that mine are master airscrew and pull apart some may not
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Old Jun 10, 2008, 09:14 AM
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To keep sawdust, sanding dust ETC from getting into your fuel lines during construction, if you have a few spare fuel filters open them up and fill with paper towel. Instant dust plugs!

Note that mine are master airscrew and pull apart some may not
Or get fuel line plugs...

Or just use short pieces of solid brass rod...

Or... use whatever else seems to work to plug the fuel lines
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Old Jul 14, 2008, 12:14 PM
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Plan Protection

See also Great Planes Building accessories, Plan Protector Roll $*.99 (+)
at Tower Hobbies.

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXK313&P=SM

For a building board, I bought a 2' X 4' sheet of plywood, and stuck a same size ceiling tile on it, soft side up - can stick pins in it, will absorb spills, etc.
Very cheap @ Loews or Home Depot........
Wish I could say I've built a bunch, but just getting re-started.
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Old Jul 31, 2008, 10:54 PM
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Robart hinge points make excellent fuel ine plugs. Used intact they will plug both the fuel line and the pressure line and keep them together at the same time.
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Old Aug 16, 2008, 01:15 PM
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Don't push pins through balsa sticks such as used in vertical and horizontal stabs . Instead, lay the parts on the plans (covered as indicated above ) and pin OVER the sticks in a criss-cross pattern. You use a few more pins, but you won't split the sticks!

If you are stick building, lay out both sides of the chassis at the same time, one over the other. This will result in both sides being as close to identical as possible.

These are old tricks, but if you are re-constructing vintage planes, or working with any kind of stick construction, they are good to remember!

Cheers, Jim
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Old Aug 25, 2008, 07:04 PM
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Always use a sanding block whenever possible. Use your fingers to run over the surface to find imperfections, or high spots. Think of sculpting.

Have everything at hand so you'll be more apt to use the correct tool (clamps, pins, various knife blades) and not make do with what you have which often leads to less than desireable results.

Covering won't hide imperfections in the final surface... think of painting a wall.
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Old Aug 27, 2008, 11:30 PM
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Landing gear hold-downs

Trying to fix a mildly crashed trainer - the nylon landing gear hold-downs had all ripped (GOOD THING - cheap and easier than if the screws had ripped out).

Local hobby shop did not have replacements that would fit, so I bought a cheap plastic container, of good quality ($.85), and cut my own. They worked ...... if only I could get it flying again......
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Old Sep 07, 2008, 12:14 AM
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Use wet wipes when building your ARF. They are the best thing for wiping off excess epoxy. Your plane will come out much cleaner looking.
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Old Sep 07, 2008, 10:35 AM
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Buy a few pieces of self sticking sandpaper used on power tools. Various grits if you want.
Stick them right to the top of your bench, or onto a board, and voila', you have a nice flat large sanding surface
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Old Oct 09, 2008, 05:41 PM
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I could wax poetic for hours but.....

Here is 122 Tips Sorry...these appear to be gone. The other two links are still working.

Here is a few

Here is a Library with a Wealth of Information
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Old Oct 29, 2008, 05:31 PM
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For a building surface, I use Homosote. You can find it at any Homedepot or Lowes. I took it from Model Railroad building. It's pretty tough to take a beating. You can cut on it, yet are still able to stick pins into to hold plans or parts or whatever.
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Old Nov 13, 2008, 09:44 AM
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See also Great Planes Building accessories, Plan Protector Roll $*.99 (+)
at Tower Hobbies.

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXK313&P=SM

For a building board, I bought a 2' X 4' sheet of plywood, and stuck a same size ceiling tile on it, soft side up - can stick pins in it, will absorb spills, etc.
Very cheap @ Loews or Home Depot........
Wish I could say I've built a bunch, but just getting re-started.
Ditto on the ceiling tile for a building board. I've never built a model without one, they're great!
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Old Nov 24, 2008, 08:36 AM
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In addition to the other tools, I've found that someitmes a drywall knife works well. It uses razor blades, so it makes sharp smooth cuts, but it's stronger than an exacto knife.
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Old Jan 26, 2009, 11:16 AM
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Waiting for delivery of my first plane, PT-40 from Tower Hobbies
the great thing about them is that I was abel to download
the manual so I could study it before I receive the plane.
(read it three times)
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