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Old 02-16-2015, 09:40 AM
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Acetone worked perfectly, I just had an issue with the shop towel shredding. Have little blue fuzz balls all over the place now. LOL
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A bit of a heads up when gang cutting parts. My wood workers club also stocks a two sided tape, it's used to lay carpet and very strong stuff. It looks like a roll of duct tape and is a bit thick. I used it a few times when I made a big rocking horse and the first part I used it on was the saddle. This was with 1 inch red oak. The big problem came when the part was cut and shaped and it was time to take the parts apart. Did I mention it sticks well?? Like the parts had to be pried apart with thin tools. From then on I knew better and only used a few small pieces on the inside of the cuts for the rest of the horse.
This tape is very good for things like 1/4 inch ply but by no means ever use it with balsa wood.
I use a craft spray glue and on some of the wood when it is more then two sheets, on this new kit I'm cutting four at a time, I sprayed both sides of the wood being cut. It took a lot of time with my heat gun to separate all the ribs for the wing and stab. When I get the parts apart I can't stack them for a while until the glue cools down and sets up.
I have run into the little problem Acdii had with the shop rag leaving a bit of fuzz behind but a bit more acetone after a day or so to allow the glue to set that comes off too.
Just one of the little problems a builder or kit cutter will run into.
Back in the day saw cut kits were available in small numbers but die cutting is a bunch easier. Of course you would have to cut thousands of kits to ever pay for a Bop or Tompson press and the dies. I used to operate those but never cut a kit with one, dies aren't that cheap.
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Here's my Spitfire.
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Old 02-16-2015, 12:06 PM
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We are still here. To find the builders get away from giant scale. I am 79 years old . Been building since I can remember. I have one ready to fly and seldom fly it. To tell the truth I had rather build than fly.I never got hung up on rc. I love it all .Old time free flight and c/l are my favorite.I always have more than 1 projecdt going I am lucket in that I have 16 acers just out my back door.
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http://www.amaflightschool.org/diy/f...2%80%93-part-1
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I cut up the GFs old skiinny cloths for rags for wiping glue off ,she will never fit in them again anyways :-) lmao

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Old 02-16-2015, 02:36 PM
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Minnflyer, Mike sent me a copy of a how and why intro for new builders several years ago. He wrote it for RCU so I think Building 101 is still in the RCU magazine.
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I have decent woodworking sho. Table saw band saw drill press jointer planer ect ect . I also like to build furniture and stuff . Here is a table/bench to build on 32 in. Wide 72 in long.

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Old 02-16-2015, 04:17 PM
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I have Loctite spray adhesive, I think its the same as the 77 spray adhesive. Worked really good too. When I cut the parts for my Cub lower wing I traced the parts onto heavy card stock that I got from the packages my floor mats came in, then spray glued them to the wood, and glued the wood to each other. Worked great.
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Originally Posted by BazH
Here's my Spitfire.
Looks good Baz, I bet those invasion stripes help with the orientation. Have you flown her yet and which engine are you using?
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Default Builders, shop tables and critics.

This is one of my tables in my shop. It is a seven foot long, ten inch wide by ten inch deep, a solid granite machine shop table. Perfectly flat from end to end, corner to corner.

It took seven people to move it into my shop.

It is fun to dream up ways to use it.

On another note, along the lines of this thread, building...the project shown here has been in the making for over two years.

Something which I find fascinating, people actually rate my photo contributions and it seems there is a bit of psychology going on. Once in a while I will notice that I get very high ratings only to find a few weeks later someone has then given me the lowest rating you could give to make the average score come way down. Honestly, I don't care other than to comment on human nature.

As as I said, along the lines of this thread, I guess there are people out there that just can't appreciate a person's creativity, hard work and commitment to detail. Boy, humans are a strange species!

Hey, where can I buy that?
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For gang cutting I prefer using good old rubber cement. I have had pretty good luck using it. There is a slight residue but it rubs off easy enough.
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Thought I might add some updated photos of my Taylorcraft build. I have been working on this project since September and have worked through many challenges along the way but the entire process has been extremely enjoyable and satisfying. I have made some errors to be sure and have had to re-do several items but that's all a part of the learning. I will be 62 soon and this has been by far my most ambitious project.
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Originally Posted by fivezees
Thought I might add some updated photos of my Taylorcraft build. I have been working on this project since September and have worked through many challenges along the way but the entire process has been extremely enjoyable and satisfying. I have made some errors to be sure and have had to re-do several items but that's all a part of the learning. I will be 62 soon and this has been by far my most ambitious project.
You have done well Fivezees. The model looks very fine.
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Nice lookin' T-craft.
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This builder keeps himself busy building classic pattern airplanes like this Bridi Dirty Birdy.

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This builder keeps himself busy building classic pattern airplanes like this Bridi Dirty Birdy.

Edit.... guess it won't take my pics. It is on other forums if interested.

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This builder is currently building the Midwest Extra 300xs (27%). I have a few pics in the Midwest extra 300 thread. I have so many kits in my stock pile, it's hard to choose the next one to build. I have pretty much ever top flite kit with the exception of a few. I even have the old red box Zero. Think I'll build AK models F-16 next then either the giant scale P-51 or the AT6 Texan.
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A busy builder is a happy builder!
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Today I'm stuffing my nose with sawdust while sanding the LE & TE on my Stratus.
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I'm doing one of those "Charlie" built arf's.
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I would love to get another Midwest 300 S. I flew one for years a year then sold it wish i still,had that plane but bought a set of Wendell,Hostlerler plans for a 27 % Extra 300 xs 80 in.
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Originally Posted by fivezees
Thought I might add some updated photos of my Taylorcraft build. I have been working on this project since September and have worked through many challenges along the way but the entire process has been extremely enjoyable and satisfying. I have made some errors to be sure and have had to re-do several items but that's all a part of the learning. I will be 62 soon and this has been by far my most ambitious project.
Nice! What scale is it? Built from plans I guess...

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As Much as I HATE building because a guy made me an OFFER I COULDN'T REFUSE, I have to either rebuild my 4' wide x 8' long x 2' high box on an Harbor Freight Trailed into a 4'x 4'x 8' box with a sliding shelf at 2' off the floor with side opening doors on the lower level or just sell it and buy a real trailer and get i5 MPG instead of 22 MPG back to Wisconsin. Decent cargo Trailers start at 2 grand Used. Oh heck I'm going on 72 and if I don't spend it My Daughter will. Any one in the Phoenix area got a good cargo trailer for sale?

Oh the offer was 3 - $600 to $900 New (but almost New, Batteries and receivers included) planes for $900 cash. Then he through in one of those 18" FA-18 with Receiver and Batteries. He said that $900 dollars would get him 6 Hours flight time in a Cessna 172. full scale ....

Man when I start full scale in June of 1970 It was $10/Hr wet and $5 for the Instructor. But I was on a Tool & Die apprenticeship and made $2/HR. Guess it took 10 hours work, minus taxes, for 1 hour of flight instruction. R/C aviation is just slightly cheaper
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