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Mar 29, 2007, 07:02 AM
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If you don`t know how, then DON`T!!
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Mar 29, 2007, 12:46 PM
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This isn't the best tip - many of the others in this thread are far more useful.

But, since I didn't see it posted:

When you need to level out the foam in the bottom of a servo well, use one of the wire brush attachments for your dremel router. It'll "whisk" away just the foam you need to remove in a hurry.
Mar 29, 2007, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by ultralajt
If you don`t know how, then DON`T!!
I bet that person went far in life

Mar 29, 2007, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by ultralajt
If you don`t know how, then DON`T!!
Then experiment with something you can afford to lose then something you can't.
Mar 29, 2007, 06:33 PM
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Always take the wife to lunch before that new airplane shows up un the porch. She will be less willing to chase you down if she is full..

Dinner and Dancing is good for when you make those large Lipo buys...

Basicly you should spend at least as much on lunch or dinner as your parts order costs that way you can always say it cost less than the meal we just had..
Mar 29, 2007, 08:08 PM
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PaulVi, those are words of wisdom!!!!
Mar 29, 2007, 09:41 PM
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Hi Guys,

First time I've read this thread and many wise words (and much humour).

One of the best tips I ever had was cut slightly over size and sand down to correct. Much better than trying to cut to the line.

Also, always change to old clothes, even if it is 'just for five minutes before ..' - the glue only spills on the suit! (don't ask)

Pete H
Apr 13, 2007, 04:30 PM
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Always carry your plane tail first otherwise when you leave the house you might leave the tail behind.
As for a building board I use a level glass table with 1 1/2 inch pink foam board for the T pins. The glass is impervious to all glues just scrape off with a razor blade, and the foam is rigid, flat, and makes a good wing core or fuselage in a pinch.

I agree that a torch and music wire make an excellent drill bit, just practice first on scrap because it melts through balsa like it is butter. I always use this method for mounting control horns glue the horn in place with CA, music wire drill the screw holes and mount the backer plate. It works better than marking the holes and drilling the control surface then hope you made them straight otherwise the backer won't go on with out rounding the holes out.
Never use EZ connectors for anything other than Throttle! Ask me how I know.
Apr 16, 2007, 09:18 AM
I have two speeds fast and WFO
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Originally Posted by CAFplanekid
Build to fly, not to crash.

When inverted, down is up, and up is expensive.
This is all too true. It is also very hilarious.
Apr 21, 2007, 08:13 PM
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light weight spackling

light weight spackling local hardware store, fills nail hole sheet rock repair.
the container is not empty, just light

I have used it for a while. Works on balsa gaps, and really well to fill the holes on EPP foam .

poor mans ballast your kids clay!!!
Apr 25, 2007, 02:16 AM
I have two speeds fast and WFO
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Here's one i have learned the hard way or messy way. If you dip or chew tobacco spit into a pop bottle not an open cup. If you knock over the bottle no big deal but if you knock over the cup.... you get the idea. Here's another good tip. When scratch building make a small profile version and do test glides to see if the plane will even fly.
May 10, 2007, 07:28 AM
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Covering Balsa sheet

Recently had a good experience covering balsa sheeting with tissue paper applied with 50/50 PVA/Water.
Little mess, cheap materials - no power tools, no stinky chemicals, water clean up. (A wife & family friendly job)
Same technique as the brown paper/foam, you can massage it with your finger around the most difficult compound curves.
Takes acrylic or enamel paints really well , also dopes & resins.
You can sand out mistakes (can't do that with Solite)
great stuff.
May 13, 2007, 03:50 AM
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for perfect joints

Last edited by dpot; Dec 13, 2007 at 01:02 PM. Reason: spelling
May 13, 2007, 05:54 PM
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nice tip
Last edited by Vegas_flyer; May 31, 2007 at 01:19 AM.
May 30, 2007, 06:28 PM
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How 'bout:

1) Look where you put your fingers.
2) Sheathe your knife before leaving it on the table.
3) Always unplug the soldering iron.
4) Keep things simple (mostly used on design).

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