Thread Tools
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Nov 13, 2012, 06:06 AM
Registered User
Alrighty then,
So you do sell the Blanik?
Nov 18, 2012, 09:47 AM
SZD16's Avatar
Nice linkages......good to see someone who believes that 2/56 hardware is for park flyers!
Nov 22, 2012, 03:20 AM
I failed linkage geometry
salisbug's Avatar
Did some surfacing of the wings today.

Easy work, bugger all material (or skill) needed:
  • painters tape (for the sharp edge)
  • Squadron green putty
  • sandpaper
  • primer

How I went about it:
  1. Determine where the major panel joints are. For the Blanik L-13 there are only a few that are obvious. Refer to photos of the prototype and a good 3-view. Scale up the locations and mark them on the wing.
  2. Place the tape beside the markings taking care to which side of the line you place the tape. e.g. on the L-13 wings, the inboard skins overlap the outer skins, so the tape goes on the outer side. But for the tip, the fairing fits over the wing, so the tape goes inboard. Press the tape firmly in place to try and prevent the filler 'bleeding' under
  3. Apply the putty on the correct side of the line - it doesn't take much. I applied it approximately 6mm - 10mm wide using a plastic card. On Dave Platt's advice, (and my bad experience), it's best to not directly apply the filler from the tube. The tube dries up easily. I applied the filler onto the card and then 'squeegied' it in place . It is also best not to over work the material - its forms a skin very quickly. I try to only swipe it on once or twice.
  4. Wait an hour or so for the filler to dry - again, it doesn't take long as it's not too thick
  5. Remove the tape carefully. I had a couple of spots where the putty bled and cleaned up the edge using a sharp scraper
  6. Carefully sand the 'freehand' i.e. the side that wasn't taped, flush with the surrounding surface
  7. Prime. I also applied primer to the area where ribs and the spar are on the prototype to provide some extra thickness for when I machine in my rivets.

Note that the flaps and ailerons weren't done - they will get the fabric covered structure treatment just like the rudder as previously demonstrated.

After that I will still need to add access panels etc
Nov 25, 2012, 01:08 AM
I failed linkage geometry
salisbug's Avatar
Another backwards step........

Sometimes I hate my high standards.

I was not happy with the rudder finish after my 1st goof-off


Scraping away the paint caused gouges, that no matter how much I sanded and re-primed could still be seen. After 3 or 4 goes I decided there was only one way to overcome it. Stripper.

No, not that sort...........

This sort.

You dirty people......

Ditto with my stab/elevator. I applied a coat of primer and got orange peel. Sanded it all smooth, tried again and got the same result.

Let's start on them again....
Nov 25, 2012, 03:10 AM
Registered User
Big Nuts 181's Avatar
Bugger! You know the worst thing will be if you topcoat the model and all the detail dissapears. Great work Glen it's looking really good.
Nov 25, 2012, 03:44 AM
I failed linkage geometry
salisbug's Avatar
Surfacing begins on the upper surfaces
Dec 01, 2012, 06:29 AM
I failed linkage geometry
salisbug's Avatar
After a week away from the Blanik, I finally got a chance to do a little work on her.

The flap and ailerons rib simulation is drying now ready for a sand in the morning.

I've come to the realisation that I won't have her finished to the standard I want in the 35 days prior to Campers, so I'll more than likely forego the rivets. You see I've been tossing up whether to actually cover the model in aluminium, and during the week spent a load of $$$ on Flite-Metal, so I'm committed to going with a natural ali finish. So she'll still get panel overlaps, but the rivetting method for a natural metal finish is different than for a painted finish, so it'll be a quick paintjob for Camperdown, and on the assumption that the model survives , I'll strip it and refinish it next year...
Nov 09, 2013, 06:02 AM
I failed linkage geometry
salisbug's Avatar
Left wing almost done. Added hatches from aluminium tape burnished in place, hatch hinges from small sections of styrene rod and a wing tie-downpiont from plastic rod & tube.

Just waiting for my rx to arrive so I can set servo centres and throws and glue them in.

Now for the right wing.....
Nov 10, 2013, 03:36 AM
I failed linkage geometry
salisbug's Avatar
Right wing servos and loom done - picking up the pace now......
Nov 11, 2013, 03:06 AM
I failed linkage geometry
salisbug's Avatar
Riveted the lower surface of the port wing tonight.

The head mounted light lets you see a tad better. It all helps when each rivet head is only a smidge over 2mm in diameter.

You don't have to be mad to be a scale modeler, but it sure helps!
Nov 11, 2013, 04:58 AM
Registered User
solitairyman's Avatar


This is a great job ...
Have me thinking again starting to build the 37% scaled Blanik/Vivat.
See scale soaring under motor gliders.
Nov 20, 2013, 05:09 AM
I failed linkage geometry
salisbug's Avatar
Slowly getting there....

L/H flap & aileron servo's glued in.

Right wing catch-up next

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help! Blanik L-13 Plan fly_kc Scale Sailplanes 17 Nov 22, 2015 12:08 PM
Question Blanik L-13 Mopar92 Scale Sailplanes 48 Oct 16, 2014 08:30 PM
Discussion Blanik L-13 eschlitzkus Scale Sailplanes 28 Apr 26, 2013 11:01 AM
Discussion Blanik L-13 Cockpit Detail Miraj Scale Sailplanes 3 Jan 17, 2008 10:31 PM
120" L-13 Blanik maiden Mickey Slope 6 Sep 12, 2007 06:47 PM