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Old 11-25-2008, 10:36 PM
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make your own print wood with good results and no mess or fumes. its easy, just photocopy the piece of the plan needed on a toner type copier NOT a ink jet printer. the toner is heat activated. i like to use my sealing iron set to hot, and by applying the plan piece to align to indicated grain direction to the balsa. press the iron to the paper and as you move the iron pick up and pull the paper up just as the iron has past. do not try to iron the paper to the wood and peel it up this gives only faint results. the dark results seen in the photos results fron pulling the paper away as the iron passes. rember the image on the wood is the mirror image of whats on the plan. for ribs and items i need multiples of i cut a 1/32nd balsa template for transfering by pencil.





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Old 11-25-2008, 11:37 PM
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Looks like a Lil' Satan... I'm going to try this, it sounds workable.
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good eye. that is the tail boom of a lil' satan got the plans from AMA plans service.




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Brilliant! And I used to work for Xerox Corporation and never thought of it. You might even get better results by setting the copier to "Dark" setting. The darker the better because it will deposit more toner on the paper. I made templates on my ink jet printer and glued them to a piece of balsa with a glue stick thinking I could easily peel off the paper later. Not so, the paper is now part of the finished aircraft.

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i tried darkening the copies it did not help much after the backround started to turn grey there was no improvement. the best results were when there was good contrast with a white backround. too dark and the grey backround would transfer too. actually can get about two or more transfers from one copy but never as good as the first. again peeling the paper just as the iron passes gives best results, letting it stick and peeling later gives lighter results.






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