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Old 08-22-2017, 04:00 PM
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I thought I was being frugal when I used covering
from a crashed airplane to patch holes in one
that is still flying. Lately I've topped that by drying
paper towels from the kitchen and using them to
wipe off castor oil from my planes.

Old 08-23-2017, 01:45 PM
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You are going to have to justify the re-use of the covering.... start by saying the color needs to be faded to match an existing aircraft. Then you go on to say that recent batches of ###coat are not as strong as the coating you need to match. Follow that by saying the covering needs to be imported from china to match. You could also go into the heating properties of the reused material and how the new stuff does not shrink properly in the horizontal or vertical axis or the glue is not gripping as nicely as the 1970's product.

Now to the kitchen paper towels.... who you kidding... everyone does that.

Carry on... you are getting it.
Old 08-23-2017, 02:18 PM
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Nah, I just use the first busted airplane part
I see. After enough patches, it becomes a
"coat of many colors" with a character all
its own.

Old 10-12-2017, 02:30 AM
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Some of these are pretty good. But this is downright cringe worthy. Attend...Back in the day, there was this old head who didn't like the recent price hike of Monokote. So, he covered his (rebuilt, I might add) Sweet Stick with (wait for it) shelf paper. It was pastel pink with little flowers on it. The darn thing actually flew until the leading edge came loose. But, wouldn't you know, he was back the very next weekend with that same rebuilt (again) Sweet Stick with fresh shelf paper on it? Persistent fella, I'll give him that!
Old 12-29-2017, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Crazy4Flight View Post
How about the guy who solders Futaba J connectors, from dead servos, on even older S28 servos with "G" plugs.
Yes , this I've done several times. Some are still working good.

The guys also poke fun at me because a lot of my planes are old style and from the 80's.

Another thing I've done is cut the tip off of exacto blades then reshape the tip will give you a new sharp part of the blade.

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I've done that lots of times....what's wrong with doing that?
Old 12-31-2017, 08:09 AM
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Wow, haven't seen this thread in ages...

I guess my recent cheapness is rebuilding someones hard luck crash.... Its good to see them get a second chance.
Old 01-04-2018, 10:55 AM
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I just realized yesterday that I was saving random strands of
fiberglass to use for possible repairs.


ps. I just used up my tenth xacto blade in 52 years of
airplane building. I still have five worn down old nubs just in case.

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