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Sep 30, 2012, 10:57 PM
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So what process worked?
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Sep 30, 2012, 11:15 PM
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Choosing the correct wood

Put CA on the end about a half inch. Soaked them in water for 20 minutes. Then wrapped it around my foam template. Pretty much the way in the link I had. The softer wood made all the difference.

Made a little progress and finished the elevators.

Robert

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So what process worked?
Oct 01, 2012, 03:48 AM
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Also I've heard that adding ammonia to water or using Windex aids bending.
This method works great, did it when sheeting the fuse of my 30% Cap. Also you said it was laminated sheets so next time try doing it in two pieces. form and glue the first piece, then once it is dry you can laminate the second piece onto it. just my .02
Oct 01, 2012, 08:08 AM
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Yeah that's what I was doing. I would run the one piece around then run glue along it then run the second over it.

I did try windex on some scrap pieces and it seemed to almost work with the harder wood but still would crack some. The wood was just too hard. Almost like it was basswood but it's not.

These were 1/16 x 1/8 strips too.

Robert

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This method works great, did it when sheeting the fuse of my 30% Cap. Also you said it was laminated sheets so next time try doing it in two pieces. form and glue the first piece, then once it is dry you can laminate the second piece onto it. just my .02
Oct 01, 2012, 09:09 PM
I'm not as bad as they say.
Things to try:
1) use very hot water
2) ammonia, ammonia works because it makes the cellulose relax and then reform when the ammonia evaporates.
3) windex with ammonia, note most windex now days doesn't have ammonia.

Most important try different grain balsa, like some A grain. Picking the right grain for the right pieces is helpful.

http://pldaniels.com/flying/balsa/balsa-properties.html
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Oct 02, 2012, 08:29 AM
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Thanks everybody for the bending tips. Will have to try the plain ammonia next time. Have to do one more for the rudder but that looks like an easier bend.

Didn't get a chance to work on it yesterday. That thing called work got in the way

Robert
Oct 04, 2012, 07:01 PM
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Not too much progress but got the rudder done. The bend was a piece of cake this time. Need to pick up some .046 wire to attach to the horizontal stab. Also need some thinner CA hinge material. Don't think I'll be using my Great Planes hinge cutter on these

Robert
Oct 05, 2012, 09:14 PM
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Started on the fuselage today. Pretty easy. Just time consuming cutting the sticks but goes faster as you get used to it.

Robert
Oct 06, 2012, 03:53 PM
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Got a lot done today. Got the fuse together, stringers etc. glued in. Tired of breathing CA fumes so taking a break!

Robert
Oct 12, 2012, 02:44 PM
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Took a little break to work on something else. When I first started building I decided to stick with one thing until it's finished. Not sure how that worked out so trying working on more than one thing at once to keep me entertained.

Anyway started the wing today. Was a little concerned because the plans were a little off in the middle but shouldn't matter while working on the rest. Thought maybe my copied plans were off but checked the originals and were the same.

Robert
Oct 14, 2012, 08:02 AM
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So no building yesterday. Went with my son, cousin and his kid to the Miramar Airshow.

Probably one of the neatest things was walking back to the parking lot an F/A-18 flew real low and exactly over our heads with full afterburners. Pretty sure he passed Mach 1. Set off ALL the car alarms in the parking lot. Put a big smile on all our faces!

Robert
Oct 14, 2012, 10:22 PM
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Very cool! Thanks for sharing your pics. I love air shows. I was in the USAF for 21 years and saw "air shows" every year. They never get old.

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Oct 15, 2012, 09:06 PM
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Got a lot of the top wings done. Have a problem as I think I created a twist on the left wing when I glued the LE on. Will probably remove it tomorrow and try again. I know I could probably fix it when covering but would rather start with something somewhat straight.

Robert
Oct 16, 2012, 09:07 AM
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Need a little help


Need some help from all you experienced balsa builders. I introduced a slight warp in my wing (about 1/16"). Most likely by gluing the LE on not on the board but in my hand

Do you think if I just removed the LE and reglued on the board it would keep it straight? This is the top wing and is supposed to be flat. Or is the warp not that bad and should ignore?

Everything is real lightweight with this build so it doesn't take much to bend it.

Thanks,

Robert
Oct 16, 2012, 09:37 AM
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I'd take it apart and fix it.


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