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MOVING UP TO GIANTS

MOVING UP TO GIANTS

Many modelers ask me how I got interested in building and flying large airplanes.  They ask for advice and information on how to go from .40 to .60 size planes using glow engines to giant models using larger gas powered models.  I won’t put this into a step-by-step dissertation, but rather discuss some of the things modelers should consider when contemplating such a move.  Some of this information is nothing more than good old common sense, supported by my own personal experiences and a few tips and tricks thrown in for good measure.  There are usually a number of ways of accomplishing any desired goal, so none of my advice should be considered the one and only way.  I’m merely presenting and sharing what works well for me. First we have to decide what type of large model we want.  This decision is based on several factors.  How much time and money are we willing to invest?  Is our work area, storage area and transportation vehicle large enough?  Do we have sufficient building and flying experience?  A modeler who has successfully built and flown a high wing trainer, a low wing sport plane and maybe a fun-fly plane, will probably have the necessary experience to build and fly an high or low wing sport or semi-scale giant project. You might have notices that I didn’t recommend a high-performance aerobatic model such as a CAP, or Ultimate biplane, or a heavy metal warbird like a P-51 Mustang.  I believe a modeler’s first giant should be similar to his first trainer or sport plane, just bigger and heavier.  Before we can...
Multi-Tasking

Multi-Tasking

There’s a product that I have been using to shine all sorts of metal products around the workshop and the household too.  It’s called Simichrome and it will make just about any metal shine like a star.  I found out about it from a friend that has been using it on his metal parts on his motorcycles for many years and once I bought a tube of it, I was hooked.  These days, it is available from Amazon.com and a tube of it costs about $10.00, and it will last a long time.  I have used it many times on aluminum spinners and mufflers, and if you follow the simple instructions, your spinners and mufflers will look as if was chrome plated. However, that’s not what I came to talk to you about today.  I came here to talk about another use for Simichrome that just about all of you could have used over the years.  I recently had to remove a few scuffs and scratches and CA fingerprints from a clear plastic side window on one of my planes.  Rather than remove it, cut a new one and run the risk of getting more CA fingerprints on the new one, I tried to remove these nasty marks with just about every product I had available.  I first thought of using CA remover, which would certainly take off the CA prints, but would probably melt the plastic.  I tried WD-40, alcohol, paint thinner and even very fine emery paper, none of which worked at all.  Then I spotted that tube of Simichrome sitting on the shelf and decided to...