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Old 03-12-2016, 05:03 PM   #11
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I will just patch it up and strip it next winter, still have 2 arfs and a jet to finish for this summer. spent too much time flying this winter
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Those is some nice skinnin fellas. Yas may have seen these elsewhere on here... Both TF 60's....Dego Red completely stripped and refinished... BIG BIG Job but looks great...very pleased. Hanger Queen for now...scared to fly it. Red Bull... well that started out with a little paint because I thought it would be quicker... sorta was but lots to learn there too...then ... I got more serious about fixing it up and tried to paint it whole thing less bottom of wings and then some stickers and then broke it ... fixed it .. tried some airbrushing and now waiting to take to the air again.. Loads i have tried to test different things ...the more I damage it the more I try on it. Soon it will be a flying brick or one ugly piece of art!

There is lots of stuff to read on the web ... I watched a bunch of videos and then read tins... then just gave it a go. So if not sure just start reading and then give it a go. Start small and then move on to bigger panels!
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Old 09-22-2016, 09:55 PM   #13
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I was given a plans built Aeromaster (sans engine and electronics) that, in its day was a beautifully built and covered biplane (both wings swept in this version). I am guessing that it has seen many owners and probably logged countless flight hours. I plan on totally recovering it and restoring it to its former glory but will need to deal with some oil soaked wood on the firewall, belly and and bottom surface of the lower wing.

Any suggestions for drying up the oil soaked (balsa and ply) wood or should I just cut it out and replace it?

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Old 09-26-2016, 10:21 AM   #14
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I was given a plans built Aeromaster (sans engine and electronics) that, in its day was a beautifully built an covered biplane (both wings swept in this version). I am guessing that it has seen many owners and probably logged countless flight hours. I plan on totally recovering it and restoring it to its former glory but will need to deal with some oil soaked wood on the firewall, belly and and bottom surface of the lower wing.

Any suggestions for drying up the oil soaked (balsa and ply) wood or should I just cut it out and replace it?
David;
the accepted method of getting rid of oil in balsa wood is to pack the affected parts in kitty litter and wait a week or so - SOME of the oil is soaked up and off you go (there are lots of threads on this topic)

BUT!
Ultimately once the oil is soaked into the wood it isn't coming out... so if you REALLY like the plane I would suggest that you cut out the oil soaked pieces and replace them with new ones.

A lot of work - but it is worth it!

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David;
the accepted method of getting rid of oil in balsa wood is to pack the affected parts in kitty litter and wait a week or so - SOME of the oil is soaked up and off you go (there are lots of threads on this topic)

BUT!
Ultimately once the oil is soaked into the wood it isn't coming out... so if you REALLY like the plane I would suggest that you cut out the oil soaked pieces and replace them with new ones.

A lot of work - but it is worth it!

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Thanks Rob,
That's kinda what I expected to hear but was hoping someone out there in cyberland would have a "miracle" (read as "lazyman's") solution.
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Re: Looking for someone to re-cover a plane

Here a link to a thread on topic from a control line stunt flyer forum:

http://stunthanger.com/smf/open-foru...370fabc3e2a7a4

heating the oil soaked balsa with a hair dryer and mopping up the oil that liquefies and drips out with paper towels recommended as first step.... then a slurry of powder (talc, etc.) and acetone and/or kitty litter; good details

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Here a link to a thread on topic from a control line stunt flyer forum:

http://stunthanger.com/smf/open-foru...370fabc3e2a7a4

heating the oil soaked balsa with a hair dryer and mopping up the oil that liquefies and drips out with paper towels recommended as first step.... then a slurry of powder (talc, etc.) and acetone and/or kitty litter; good details

good luck
Thanks Michael,

The bottom of the wing has not absorbed too much oil so I will give the heat gun/acetone/talc approach first. Took another look at it last night and I think the firewall and fuse bottom ahead of the wing may require surgery to repair.

Michael & Rob: Really appreciate the input.
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