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Old 02-21-2005, 03:18 AM   #11
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I tried both Home Depot and Rona a couple of weeks ago and they both would only sell them in bundles of 5 and 10.
Hmmm. Thats funny, I purchased only one ceiling tile at my local Rona Cashway without problem. In fact they listed a price for individual tiles on the sales tag and in the flyer.

I also turn the ceiling tile over and use the back side for building on as it is smoother.


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Old 02-21-2005, 10:25 AM   #12
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drywall works ok I prefer the luan doors I use mostly the closet folding tipe they are narrower and can be put aside while the wing or whatever dries on it and you keep going with other wing panel on the other half of the door works great for me and takes pins easily

they make great shelves also, sturdy
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Old 02-21-2005, 11:03 AM   #13
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I also like the luan doors, just be sure they're built straight, I've encountered some that would double as a flat pitch prop.

Another tip. Quick-grips. Not only do they make handy clamps but, they are also handy for positioning parts in otherwise awkward positions....
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Old 02-21-2005, 11:04 AM   #14
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I make a full size copy of the plans. Then I cut the copy up so that I am not dealing with a huge sheet of paper. Makes it much more manageable and you don't destroy the original.
ParagonDPI copies for 25 cents a square foot, typically a airplane plan cost less that $5.00.
Then I pin it to the ceiling tile under the wax paper.
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Old 02-21-2005, 12:51 PM   #15
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Great Points Gary

Gary thanks for the pointers, will be looking to you for help in the futurewith some more great ideas.

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Old 02-21-2005, 06:54 PM   #16
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i also use the bifold doors from rona lumberyard,and the t pins stick very well with no problem.i put a piece of wax paper over the plans so that the glue doesen,t stick to them.

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Old 02-21-2005, 07:50 PM   #17
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Wow I didn't expect this much feedback on the topic, thanks a lot you guys for the tips. Great idea of copying the plans so you don't destroy the originals. Anyone do it differently then these ways?
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Old 02-21-2005, 09:04 PM   #18
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How much glue do you guys normally use to complete you kits ?
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Old 02-23-2005, 09:29 AM   #19
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Boy, Gary you sound just like me - lol

I also have one kit plane on the bench, about 3 ARFs in various stages of assembly, etc.

Not sure if I even have one plane ready to fly right now but I better check soon, spring is coming ( I think !! )

channel38 ( on FM anyway ) lol

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Old 03-09-2005, 11:55 PM   #20
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I just finished reading through Gary's posts on his methods. WOW. Gary you have been sneaking into my workshop and taking notes! I do it all pretty much exactly the same. The ceiling tile, the wax paper, the epoxy coat of the firewall, etc, etc.

Yup, same! Right down to the four kits on the shelf, three in various stages of construction, two flyable, one under repair, and two sets of plans ready for scratch building.

The similarities are either scary - as in i am being "observed" OR reassurance that I am doing alright . Not sure which yet.

Hey! Who's that looking through the window!
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