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Old 05-04-2005, 09:08 AM   #1
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Covering the something extra - please help

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I am at the stage in the build where it states that you need to make a decision as to when you will cover the plane. They go ahead in the plans and mount all the tail pieces ect, and then cover the plane.
I think it would be much easier to cover the pieces first and then mount them.

I was wondering what others have done at this point ? Why ? and would you do it differently the next time ?

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Old 05-04-2005, 09:16 AM   #2
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From My expierances building and covering planes, I would definetly cover everything when it is biuld, but not assembled and glued in place. For instants cover the tail surfaces, and then when it comes time to glue in places, do a mock up, mark where the covering won't be seen (example would be where the horizontal stab slides in the fuse) then cut that away so you can have a strong wood to wood epoxy bond.

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Old 05-04-2005, 10:13 AM   #3
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It is easier to cover the assemblies prior to gluing everything together but, if you choose this route, be very careful not to cut/score the balsa when removing the covering where glue will be applied. I have seen more than one stabilizer fail due to the owner having a heavy hand with the exacto knife.
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Old 05-04-2005, 10:17 AM   #4
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I prefer to build fully, then cover. It let's me better seal areas such as the stabs to the fuse.

It also allows for relatively invisible seal between the control surfaces.

Again, this is just a personal preference

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Old 05-04-2005, 01:42 PM   #5
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I just finished building mine in january. I had the same questions and got some good advise in this thread

I had very little trouble building and then covering but you must go slow or at least I had to with my skill level

By the way you are really going to enjoy this plane
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Old 05-04-2005, 03:51 PM   #6
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Complete the construction then cover. You can whip these little planes around very violently I like knowing my covering is helping to hold as much as the glue
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Old 05-04-2005, 04:00 PM   #7
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Built 2 of the SSE and they are great. I prefer covering when the plane is completed. Top-Flite has a video that shows tricks to cover a completed plane without any pain.
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Basically it is just the tail feathers that are a concern here...the wings are already separate. Basically it is builders choice. I'd cover first, then install, then cover the joints with trim pieces so fuel does get in the joint. This also protects the other parts from getting accidentally bashed while you are covering....

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