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Re: Stooging around
Reply #6 - Oct 22nd, 2017 at 4:02pm
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Mike,
I haven't been flying in the damp grass so I've not had that problem.  I do sometimes fog a coat of Krylon Chrystal Clear over it though.
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Reply #5 - Oct 22nd, 2017 at 8:59am
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Tom,

Have you had any issues with the white glue dissolving on dewey mornings?  I tried it for fillets once and was somewhat dismayed to find it going soft when flying in wet grass.  The Titebond is water-resistant when dry so I've been using that, but it dries yellow rather than clear so you have to live with that or cover it up.
  
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Reply #4 - Oct 21st, 2017 at 4:05pm
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Mike,
The repairs looks good.  I use Elmer's white glue to repair tissue.  It spans small gaps and dries clear.  Another trick is to use some plastic stretch food wrap over the Elmer's after it's applied to get a smooth contour to the wing or fuselage.  A little masking tape at the edges to hold it tight.  Once dry the plastic stretch wrap will peal right off leaving a surprisingly smooth finish for paint or just as is.  Remember that's battle damage repair in the field! Lot's of WWII birds had this king of repair.
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Reply #3 - Oct 21st, 2017 at 10:29am
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In between sessions on the Tigercat this week I've been getting my other models ready for WestFAC, including repairing the Tempest's wing.

This one was pretty straightforward, as only the LE and tissue were damaged.  I applied a little Tightbond to the broken edges of the LE and pulled it back into position.  Next I cut a small strip of firm 1/32 balsa and glued it across the back side of the LE breaks, clamping it tight with a craft store mini-clothespin (these are great tools, by the way).  I teased the tissue back into position and used a bit of Tightbond to bridge the tears, then brushed on a little touch-up paint.  I should have sanded the LE just a bit before applying the yellow paint - may go back and do that this evening.

A little bit heavier, a little bit uglier, but she'll be flyable for the WWII mass launch event.  Eventually I'm going to have to re-cover that right wing - it's led a hard life this last year.
  

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Reply #2 - Oct 6th, 2017 at 8:40pm
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Bummer...but I'm sure you'll have her flying again soon.  I hate it when the only obstacle at the flying site is like magnetism to our aircraft!   
Kinda like the "Kite eating tree of Charlie Brown" Embarrassed Cry Wink
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Re: Stooging around
Reply #1 - Oct 6th, 2017 at 8:20pm
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My condolences Mike - I know what that is like ...  Sad
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Stooging around
Oct 6th, 2017 at 6:11pm
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Don't you hate it when you go out for some trim flying, do light winds and get a great first flight, then whack into a stooge on final?  Yeah, me too.

Been working on improving the Tempest's duration in anticipation of this month's WestFAC WWII mass launch.  I finally got around to replacing the diamond hook with a proper reverse S hook, and made up a new 6x24"x3/32" motor.  Wound it up to 2 oz-in for a test flight, got over 30 seconds with a nice left-right pattern and a smooth transition to glide, only to clip a stooge post at about 1 foot altitude.  Repairs will commence this weekend...

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Mike
  

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