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    Great Planes Plan Protector

    By Jeffrey Weir


    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.

    Final Review and Thoughts

    The Great Planes plan protector keeps your kit plans in clean, perfect condition, while offering you a clear view of them during construction. The large width allows you to fully cover just about any standard size plans without the need to cut them apart. The Plan Protector repels modeling adhesives better than waxed paper.

    Each roll contains 25 feet of plan protector which should be enough for several building projects.

    Contact Great Planes at www.greatplanes.com

    Comments on RCU Review: Great Planes Plan Protector

    Posted by: stubby6012 on 02/27/2010

    Posted by: stubby6012 on 02/27/2010
    It don't work as I've used it. It took me 3 hours to get the stuff stuck to my Skylark (made of 3/32 strips)off. It's worse than Wax Paper to get off. Don't buy it, it's a waste of money & time
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