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Old 01-03-2007, 11:29 PM   #1
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Recovering gentle lady glider

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I recently acquired a gentle lady glider and decided to recover the fuselage as the covering was not in very good shape and starting to peel off. Once I had removed the covering there was quite a bit of color left especially on the nose and tail and I found that the fin on the tail had been previously broken and repaired but now all but fell off!

So now I'm not sure if I should just buy a kit and build a new fuselage and tail section or attempt a repair. It looks like carl goldberg sells a tail section kit so I would of course prefer to rebuild the original fuselage. While the tail repair looks straight forward enough, the amount of glue from when the fin was either installed or repaired looks like it may also pose some problems with a repair. I've also found that the color is hard to remove and I have reservations about applying new covering over the remaining color as it may affect the finish and or the longevity of the new covering although propworn suggested reducing the stain of the previous covering buy wiping with Monokote Solvent .

I just don't have enough prior experience either building or repairing an airframe and don't know the best route to take right now?

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Old 01-04-2007, 08:26 PM   #2
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Repairing is always preferable to rebuilding or replacement, particularly for someone new to the hobby. Careful inspection before recovering will give you a durable, reliable model with little work.

I don't think I would sweat the recovering, either. If you use opaque colours, it will hide everything just fine; besides, who will see the flaws when it is 50' up?

Get some time in on the GL, it is one of the best around, and will give you a great grounding for your next, more advanced saiplane.
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