I have built a lot of
planes in my 10+ years in this hobby, all of which are build right
over the plans. Like most modelers, I have always
resorted to the using wax paper to cover my plans while I
work. That has all changed for me now since I discovered Great
Planes newest invention, the Plan Protector.
I was a little
apprehensive at first, thinking I was just going to buy an
overpriced, oversized roll of wax paper, I decided, "what the
heck", and gave it a try.
I was in process of
building a Top Flight P-47 Thunderbolt at the time.
Before I began building the wing, I unrolled the plans and taped
them to my bench surface. Using the Plan Protector was
very simple, just unroll it over the plans and tape it in
place. Some people also use a spray adhesive to attach it to
the plans, but I prefer to just tape it.
It does not get any |
easier than that!
(Photo courtesy of
Great Planes website -
One of the big problems
that I have with wax paper is that the glue has a tendency to stick
to the wax paper ultimately leaving wax paper on the back of the
parts that I am building. This causes a lot of unnecessary
sanding. I was pleasantly surprised to find that neither
epoxy, CA or wood glue would stick to this material. In
addition, the Plan Protector is clear giving me an unobstructed view
of my plans at all times.
Upon completion of my
wing, I removed the Plan Protector to find my original plans in
perfect shape (other than the pin marks of course!).
Great Planes has a winner
here with this product. I would highly recommend it to anyone
who enjoys building model aircraft.