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Old 11-17-2011, 01:40 PM
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Hello,

I am trying to find Rounded Edge Planking Strips. This is the type used in old Berkeley and Sig kits. Does anyone know where they might be avaliable? These were great for planking.

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Old 11-17-2011, 07:48 PM
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I'm wondering if other guys are thinking the same thing I am. What is rounded edge planking strips?
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:59 PM
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Default RE: Rounded Edge Planking Strips

The only time I tried planking (a model - not lying in unusual positions) I cut the strips then sanded a bevel on the edges to try to minimise the gap which would later need filling.

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Old 11-17-2011, 11:00 PM
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I don't know if they are made up by anyone nowadays. I would like to know myself. I have a few Berkeley designs I'd like to build.
Maybe model boatbuilders would know of someone doing it. Might not be balsa, though.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:34 AM
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I have a bunch of them I bought from Sig about 30 years ago. I was going to use them on an Aristocraft kit control line kit of the F3F2. I have yet to get around to building the kit. I have used them on other kits back then and they work very well for planking. I would try Sig and see if they still carry them.

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Old 11-18-2011, 08:06 AM
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Default RE: Rounded Edge Planking Strips

oh, jc means curved sheet for planking something like a leading edge. Just make your own by wetting the outside surface of a sheet and it will curve.
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:48 AM
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Considering that many of your planking strips will have to be tapered, the rounded stock is wasted. I recall the Berkeley strips were at least 3/16 thick, that is much thicker and heavier than planking needed on any control line model.
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Default RE: Rounded Edge Planking Strips

I've actually built some of those Berkeley kits. I know exactly of what you speak.

The planking was 1/8" thick. It also didn't lay as well as intended. I believe you would be beter off making your planking out of 3/32" thick balsa?

Don't know what model?

Here's a model with planking.

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As I recall, these were about 1/4" wide strips with one edge rounded "out" and the other rounded "in." Looked sort of like a worn hardcover book, where the binding rounded out and the page edges rounded in. Kinda )_______).

They might be useful on a straight, cylindrical fuselage, but when you have to taper them to follow more usual fuse forms, it just makes more work. Two tricks to taper square-edge planking strips to fit:

Sand (or cut, if you're that good) the cross section to a slight wedge, - \___/ (exaggerated) - like barrel staves, so there's a close fit to dress the next piece into.

Keep the strip longer toward the wide end of the space. If you thin the width too much in places, you can slide it towards the thin end and try to do better.

It isn't as hard as it might sound, and without the 'outie' and 'innie' curves fighting you, you can get full depth pieces - down to the formers all the way around, with minimal 'lapstraking' as on small boat construction. Sanding needs less filling, but it will need some.

A strong and quite light way to build a curved and tapered fuselage. Good work in those pix of a fuse!
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Default RE: Rounded Edge Planking Strips

Thanks for all of the replies. I did a post on Brotherhood of the Ring and got a good site to make your own. I added a linc below. I am going to try your's Lou. I think between the two techniques I will be able to make my own. Thanks again.

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http://raysmodels.ca/Technical%20Tip...g%20article.do...
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Quote:
ORIGINAL: jcwalton
I did a post on Brotherhood of the Ring and got a good site to make your own. I added a linc below.http://raysmodels.ca/Technical%20Tip...g%20article.do...
I get a 404 file not found on that link but went to
http://raysmodels.ca

and selected Technical Tips which took me to:
http://raysmodels.ca/Technical%20Tips/Technical%20Tips%20index.htm

and selected "Strip planking" which took me to:
http://raysmodels.ca/Technical%20Tips/Strip%20Planking%20article.doc

which I assume is the page your link went to. It also appears to be a Microsoft Word DOC file.

Isee several other useful tips on the Technical Tips page link above.

Thank you.
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Default RE: Rounded Edge Planking Strips

Hi,

I am glad you were able to find the site. This is a very good site for scale builders. It will be great help. I have sent to all of my building friend.

Thanks for your reply,

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Default RE: Rounded Edge Planking Strips

I found some of the Berkley planking strips on eBay a few years ago. I hsed them on a fuselage that was planked from the nose to just back of the wing. They worked quite well.

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Thanks for the reply. I think ebay may be one way to go. I plan to put a search for them. Hopefully they will come up. I am trying the method listed above and it seems to work pretty good. I think it will get better the more I practice. Thanks again.
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