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Old 03-08-2010, 05:18 PM
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hello all just started to build a new plane but its a bit rough round the edges so i was wondrinh what i should use to cover it up?
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Although it comes across as a bit sarcastic longdan hit the nail on the head. Your final appearence will only be as good as the structure under the covering. There's no shortcuts or miracle materials that will cover up a bad shape under the glossy plastic. Take the time to accurately shape the leading and trailing edges and sand down any imperfections until it's smooth and fair a shape as you can both see and feel with your fingers. If you have a hollow that is below what it should be then find some lightweight wall filler at the local building supply outlet and use that to fill in the hollow and then sand to blend to the surrounding area. You'll know you found the correct lightweight wall filler when you pick up the container. It should feel like there's nothing in the plastic tub.

For tricky shapes such as the leading edge of the wing where accuracy counts a small template cut from something hard but thin can be used to check your progress for shaping and sanding if you don't trust your senses yet.

Once it's all shaped and blended cover it with whatever you like. Bonus points to the lighter materials.

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