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Re: Quick Tips for building
Reply #7 - Apr 26th, 2013 at 5:57am
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Thanks Thymekiller

I like the bit about the ribs - just in case the cracked ribe thing doesn't work on my Auster, but certainly for future models where I need the strength of the solid ribs.

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Reply #6 - Apr 19th, 2013 at 8:34pm
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Thanks Tom.
If anybody has a quick tip, please feel free to share it here.
  

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Reply #5 - Apr 19th, 2013 at 3:59pm
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Nice job Thyme...

Nice trick with the pins... I'll remember this!

Well my day is complete, I've learned something new! 

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Reply #4 - Apr 19th, 2013 at 2:40pm
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Here's a way to hold that wingtip off the board while waiting for the glue to dry.
Some folks just pin to the block placed under the tip. If you don't have a block, you can measure off the board. If you have a block for each corner, this trick isnt much help.





Sometimes, on bigger wings, I apply CA to the pins where they cross to make a cradle for the wing. If you twist the metal pins with pliers, the ca will break loose. Just use a tiny dab of glue. Elmers works also.

The trick is to cross the pins under the wing and again, above the wing.

"Stacking" to make an end block works well because you can add a layer for washout.
  

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Reply #3 - Apr 19th, 2013 at 2:35pm
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Here's a way to keep that wing as straight as the one on the drawing.

Run your spars all the way throughlike they are shown on the plans. Build the whole thing flat.
Where ever the break for dihedral is, cut the spar MOST of the way thru. Not ALL the way.
Use something flat and thin, like a ruler, to hold one side down and gently lift the other side. This will crack the wooden spar[s]. I install your upper spar sections and re glue the cracked part.







  

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Reply #2 - Apr 19th, 2013 at 2:29pm
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Here's one that can save you some sanding time.

When you install your spars, sand one end of the spare flat before installing it flush and true.  Let the other end run wild. After the glue sets, clip or cut off the long end flush with the wingtip.

This saves measuring and there is very little to sand. A variation on this idea works well with fuselage stringers.



  

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Reply #1 - Apr 19th, 2013 at 2:25pm
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I have a scroll saw but you can do this without one.
The way I do it is to glue stick the blanks into a stack.  Then glue stick the pattern on top.
Remember NOT to gluestick the last half of each piece because it makes them easier to separate when finished.
Then I use Elmers to glue the stack to a brace.







You can do this without a saw by making two blanks [ usually made of thin metal] that attach to each end and sand done to the blanks. This is called "Sandwiching"  It often takes a bit more time than just slicing them out one by one, but it ensures that each one is identical. 

There are many variations on this theme. Some folks slice each by hand and sand as a unit. This also works because you still get everything the same and the spar notches line up neatly.
  

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Quick Tips for building
Apr 19th, 2013 at 1:59pm
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There are maybe a hundred ways to build a wing. Here are some ideas to inspire you. Remember, the best way is the way that suits YOU!! Each of us has a different way to do things and each wing is different.

Please feel free to add your tips so others can get fresh ideas.
  

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