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Quickies – Sandbag weights

May 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Fill plastic zip-lock bags of various sizes about 3/4 full of fine sand, and seal each well. Use these to hold down large parts while building, such as wings. The sand will conform to the shape of parts well. They also work good when gluing sheeting to foam.

Fill plastic zip-lock bags of various sizes about 3/4 full of fine sand, and seal each well. Use these to hold down large parts while building, such as wings. The sand will conform to the shape of parts well. They also work good when gluing sheeting to foam.

Quickies – Cleaning Superglue (Cyano)

May 17, 2010 Leave a comment

After using a bottle of Cyano adhesive for a plane or two, the tip usually gets cured glue all over it. Remove the tip from the bottle and soak it in a closed jar of acetone. Nail polish remover also works, as long as it’s the kind that contains acetone. After about an hour, the cured Cyano will gel, and is easily peeled off the tip.

Quickies – Curving Balsa

May 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Get some ammonia, found in the household section of the supermarket. Put some in a spray bottle, and spray both sides of balsa sheet liberally. Carefully bend the sheet to the right shape. You can even tape it to a form, such as aluminum pop cans, and let it dry. Once it dries, it may be used as turtle-decks, etc. Be careful with ammonia and where you are spraying.

Quickies – Cover iron cleaning

May 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Ever ironed covering and found out that your iron was too hot and some of the covering actually melted on the iron? Its a pain, especially when your doing multicolored coverings. A wise old man told me to heat the iron up to full heat and rub the face of it with Bounce or any other dryer static remover.

WOW! It works great!!!!!. Now there’s no more hassles of transferring different colors on unwanted areas of your plane.

Quickies – Free pushrods

May 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Today, i am starting a new category here called “Quickies”. These will be small, short, but very handy tips that will make your life easier!

Any old bikes lying around?

A good thing to use for pushrods are bicycle spokes. You can find old used wheels for next to nothing andtake out the spokes. They are threaded and come in different sizes!