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Offline AlbertD

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Basic building question about preparing top wing
« on: October 31, 2019, 02:48:56 PM »
I'm building the WNW MVR Albatros and have a question. I plan to paint and decal and install the rigging attachment points before installation the wings. The eyelet holes are a piece of cake to drill out with a .5mm drill. Should I use some type of masking solution on the strut points before painting?

Thanks for helping a newbie with his first biplane.

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Re: Basic building question about preparing top wing
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2019, 07:33:14 PM »
Hi Albert,
For what it's worth, I used masking fluid on all the strut attachment points on my Sopwith Triplane. 

Good luck!

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Re: Basic building question about preparing top wing
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2019, 02:46:25 AM »
Doing so will make the wing joining task easier.  I usually forget to do that and end up having to scrape paint out of the holes in the wing.
Ken M.

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Re: Basic building question about preparing top wing
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2019, 03:18:22 AM »
Thank you both very much. I've gotten my wings cleaned up and ready to prime but will use some masking fluid first.

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Re: Basic building question about preparing top wing
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2019, 05:19:37 AM »
Thank you both very much. I've gotten my wings cleaned up and ready to prime but will use some masking fluid first.

Hi Albert,
Another little tip (Applies to how I model) before priming, give the plastic parts a wash in warm soapy water. It helps clean any releasing agent left on the plastic, thus greatly helping with adhesion.

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Re: Basic building question about preparing top wing
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2019, 08:10:35 AM »
Thank you both very much. I've gotten my wings cleaned up and ready to prime but will use some masking fluid first.

Hi Albert,
Another little tip (Applies to how I model) before priming, give the plastic parts a wash in warm soapy water. It helps clean any releasing agent left on the plastic, thus greatly helping with adhesion.

vB  ;)

Thanks Bob, I absolutely will.

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Re: Basic building question about preparing top wing
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2019, 09:30:50 AM »
Albert, I have on occasion used the struts themselves to 'mask' the holes. This has worked fine but I usually forget.

Good luck with the installation; mounting the top wing remains stressful even after quite a few builds.

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Re: Basic building question about preparing top wing
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2019, 08:47:13 PM »
I tend to use the struts too, or tiny blobs of Blu-Tack.

Itís worth the small effort.

Guy

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Re: Basic building question about preparing top wing
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2019, 12:30:35 AM »
   I use the Blu-Tack solution as well, but like many here I often forget! It's an important step as the stronger glue joints on strut connections are crucial. Like the string knotted around a finger I have settled on having a "blob" of Blue-Tac on my bench in plain view as a reminder when I set up for a Build; the older I get the better it works! ::) ::)
Cheers,
Lance