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Old 02-11-2004, 08:34 AM   #1
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TF Cessna 182 Control Surface Corrugations

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Hi guys.

I recently acquired a 1/5th scale TF Gold Cessna 182. The plane has been very well built but has seen better days. I am currently in the process of cleaning it up. Most of the work is cosmetic but I have decided that while it is apart I will alter a few items to give it a slightly more scale appearance (there are some things designed into this plane that are just wrong).

One of the items on my list is to add the corrugations to the control surfaces (all except rudder) as they where never put on this particular model. Does anyone have any tips or techniques here. I know you can buy sheets of plastic with them molded in and glue them on but I would rather do them myself. (I'v noticed that the plastic ones don't look quite right and availablilty may be a issue) I have thought of using thin strips of wood and shaping them as needed but am looking for any other suggestions. I don't mind spending some time doing this but bear in mind that I have panel lines to do and several hundred rivet heads also (I am planning on doing the rivets with PVA and a sringe but am open to other suggestions here as well!)....and then there's the interior....

I've never really been into building scale detailed planes (more of an aerobatics guy) but I do love building and have always had great admiration for those planes that are superbly done up and their builders. I am not after a perfect scale replication with this one but rather close enough to "fool you at a distance"

Since this project landed in my lap, I figure I might as well make the best of it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

If you don't have time to do it right this time, how are you going to have time to do it again?
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Old 02-11-2004, 12:04 PM   #2
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For my Cessna 185, I have used 1/16" x 1/16" strip of balsa (from a old Guillows kit... ). I have saw a small triangle notch in a 2x4 stud. Just put the 1/16" strip in the triangle notch and sand to a triangle.

The result are nice and it's not very long to do. You can see pics here: (bottom of the page)

Another possibility are to find this triangle in styrene plastic but I don't know if this size exist.
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Old 02-11-2004, 01:37 PM   #3
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I have the TF 182, the kit came with small strips of styrene or plastic, look pretty realistic to me. I believe you can purchase this at the hobby shops.
I just installed with CA as instructed.
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