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Tips and Tricks

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How to keep your transmitter (radio) clear of dust and dirt:
Buy a soft bristle make-up brush from the dollar store.
Every so often lightly brush the surface of your radio while blowing on it with your own breath or VERY low pressure compressed air.
This will take most of the dust and dirt off your radio and keep it looking new.


CA Glue Remover:  If you have ever gotten that CA on the covering when repairing it, touching it up, or gluing a canopy.  Use a cotton ball and some nail polish remover and a little rubbing will take it off very nicely. Also.... Alcohol (not your favorite beer) works very good getting epoxy off of your fingers.

Submitted by:  Cowboy Rowland (OMAC RC)


Re-use Printer Paper:   Use printer paper, good on one side.   Cut into 4 pieces for small epoxy or glue jobs.  Cut several full sheets at a time with an exacto knife and staple them into pads.  Peel off what you need.  Also good for small notes etc.


Repairing Foam Planes:   

   If you have crashed a foam plane, dented it or "mushed it" , it can be frustrating.  Repairing it can be more frustrating.  If you are in the sport for anytime and you fly foam planes here is a good investment.  Get a "Steamer" link below.

   Start off by steaming the foam and re-shaping it.  Hot water, hot rags etc., just don't do the trick.  After you reshape it you can glue it while the foam is still hot and pliable. Gorilla glue works great, but use it sparingly if that is the glue you select as it will expand!  Adding a very small spray of water to the glue or making the surface moist before applying the glue will accelerate the glue and drying time.

Dents or holes:

   These can be repaired and/or covered by using "Light Weight Sparkle" for dry walls.  Fill in the dents or holes, let dry and sand smooth, finishing the sanding with 600 or 800 grit paper.

Masking:

   Masking can be tricky and very touchy on foam planes.  The best tape to use is the light tack "Green Frog Tape".  For sharp curves or hard to mask places; use a blue disposal shop towel.  Cut the towels in straight lines using a paper cutter or your wife's "Rotary Cutter". (Don't tell you wife you went into her quilting stuff to get it if you want to live.) Cut the towels into 1/4" to 1/2' strips.  Very lightly or delicately make them moist (not soaking wet) and lay them on the part of the aircraft you want to mask.  It works as a low tack tape and you can then spray.

Painting:

   Use an airbrush with about 40 lbs of pressure and acrylic paint (approx. 50 -50 % mix) about a dollar a bottle at Wal-Mart.   If you prefer not to use an airbrush or don't know how or don't have one, use Rust-Oleum Paint x2 (other paints may eat the foam).  Finish the paint job off with Rust-Oleum High Gloss or Gloss x2 to seal the paint, especially if you are using acrylic paint (x2 is the type of paint, it covers very well).  Good Luck

Steamer Link:   Steamer Link (Click here)

 

Submitted by:  Cowboy Rowland