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Michael Sargent 104/10/2019 12:51:06
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Hello all. I am wondering if anyone can help me out as a retired flyer. Not flown for some years now. BUT. Grandson has aquired a chuck glider kit and asked grand dad to build it for him. Unfotuatly most of my kit has been spread to the four winds. Is there anyone near Conwy who could help me out with the short term loan of a Solar Film Iron. Otherwise i will need to buy one for this one off project

kc04/10/2019 17:22:50
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Nobody seems to have offered yet......

Many people still use a household iron - maybe an old one or a travel one - which works well if it's thermostatically controlled. Just a little heavier and not quite so easy to get into corners as the proper modelling irons, but works well enough.

Solarfilm is no longer made but some colours are still available. The alternative film from Hobby King is extremely good and considered better than Solarfilm and much cheaper.

Consider tissue and dope or the modern version of dope=Eze Dope  from DeLuxe Materials. Some people use brown paper and diluted PVA or tissue and wallpaper paste on sheeted surfaces.

Edited By kc on 04/10/2019 17:26:52

Fun Flyer04/10/2019 17:26:20
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kc just beat me to it. I've always used an ordinary domestic iron. Just protect the sole with a thin cloth to prevent Solarfilm colour being transferred to her best dress, blouse etc. Don't ask how I know this!

kc04/10/2019 17:33:11
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Solarfilm etc residue can be removed from a cold iron with cellulose thinners.

Phil B04/10/2019 19:24:29
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Or from a warm iron with a bit of meths on a cloth.

Eagle 89904/10/2019 19:45:48
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How about buying this and selling it on when you've finished with it?


Joe Beavis04/10/2019 20:18:51
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I use a small steam iron I bought from Asda for £2-67 - I don't use the steam! It is quite satisfactory, but my conscience pricks me every time I use it, as at that price it must have been made by slaves.

Michael Sargent 105/10/2019 08:57:16
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Thanks for you responses. Have tried our domestic iron. Not worked well probably down to the finish to the base. I will look at the Asda option.Cant believe how the hobby has moved on. Anyone out there remember Dave Williams. What a character Fly safe guy's yes

Piers Bowlan05/10/2019 12:33:59
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This was the cheapest travel iron I could find with a temperature control (others will do better no doubt) but just buy a decent modelling iron and then take up the hobby again to get the use out of it! Why build a one-off project for your grandson when you can have so much fun building hundreds of models?


Edited By Piers Bowlan on 05/10/2019 12:41:00

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