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Thread: David Boddington Dracon
20/06/2020 09:16:14

Also been using tissue and dope since the short trousers day, in my case I have never stopped and am now well retired.

I always apply it wet and over wood surfaces use thinned dope as an adhesive and on open framework tissue cement.
Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Thread: Ivan Pettigrew's Mosquito 480 build.
05/06/2020 17:31:52

Great news Trevor, I am looking forward to it. Thanks for the encouragement.

05/06/2020 15:25:01

Canopy from Cloud models fine. Will probably 3d print a pilot and finish off this area first. I intend to test fly the model unpainted so as not to spoil the paint job before I know it flies.
8edd5fab-df31-4815-a51b-a4a93b8b2dda.jpegTop cover coming along nicely. Have pinned it in place to add the final pieces.

Lots of small pieces still to fit and to sheet cover.5890479a-eabd-41fc-9f0e-ba35c3df02c8.jpeg

Thread: Flair Junior 60
20/05/2020 19:28:15

Is the Aerofred plan any use. That shows the rib outline . Its the kk version.

Thread: Ivan Pettigrew's Mosquito 480 build.
20/05/2020 18:01:19

Found a canopy on Cloud models, cheap too. Ordered.

18/05/2020 19:04:20

Thanks Eric.

18/05/2020 16:53:03

Thanks Eric it's 58 inches So the Sarik version may be too big. No size of the actual canopy given.

No reply from Vortex yet but they do say on their site it takes a couple of days for a response.

18/05/2020 15:09:02


Work started on the top cover/cockpit. Involves quite a bit building in the air but getting there.

Not a favourite part of the build for me.

Have sent an email to Vortex moulding for a suitable cockpit but I am not sure if they are still in operation??

Anyone had any dealings lately?

Thread: Balsa cement
17/05/2020 15:40:34

Yes a lot use aliphatic. Never used it myself. Have used the canopy glue you mention.

17/05/2020 13:40:50

So true, I use pva as well, particularly for sheet lamination or covering.
In a past life I was an engineering apprentice at Tate & Lyle and pva was used on some of the gluing machines in the packaging departments . Over 50 different grades were used and few of them were any good for aeromodelling purposes. Made me realise that “pva” came with such a variation of properties.

17/05/2020 11:04:01

Ah Dave there I must disagree.

Poundland cyano four or five 20g packs for a pound has got to be the best buy going.

Doesn't seem to go off as quick as some and over many models performs just as good if not better.

Just wish they did balsa cement.

17/05/2020 10:29:19

After having slept on it Ray’s comments in the above post have made me change my mind.

Hang the cost have ordered 2 tubes of 35g uhu hart on Amazon for £7.83 delivered.

Thanks guys for preventing me going over to the dark side.

Will still use the all purpose glue for parts where sanding is not involved.

16/05/2020 20:09:39

Point taken Ray but it works for me.

To be honest not noticed its rubberyness.

I just cannot bring myself to pay over £14 for 135g

16/05/2020 18:06:52


35g £3 plus postage for uhu hart.

60ml(g) uhu all purpose £1 local pick up.

A no brainer(Except for the lack of that gorgeous Smell)

15/05/2020 16:37:19

Hi John

That's a small tube, sadly doesn't last five minutes and plus the postage comes back to cost again.

Thanks for the info though.

15/05/2020 15:14:08

Must try that!

15/05/2020 09:44:58


Exactly, but it's just so expensive and difficult to source at a good price.

15/05/2020 09:28:47


In my humble opinion much of a muchness.

some people swear by Ambroid, my personal preference is UhU hart in a 135g tube.

The all purpose glue I mention above is becoming my favourite, but it doesn't have the intoxicating smell of balsa cement.


14/05/2020 20:52:30

Never used aliphatic. Must give it a try

Ray you are right I guess I am too tight!

14/05/2020 11:57:03

Being an old time modeller I was brought up on the smell of balsa cement and although I use most of the modern adhesives I still prefer building with balsa cement when I can.

Getting a bit low on UHU hart and traditional balsa cements I trawled the Internet to stock up. What a shock!

I know I haven’t bought any since the Nationals last year but crickey!
Expensive or what!

Poundland to the rescue again.

60ml of general purpose adhesive for a quid!

Not quite the same as balsa cement but its colourless, dries reasonably quickly and give a very strong bond.

Sorted for a fraction of the price.


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