Building & Fibreglassing Techniques – Vol. 1
Volume 1 shows the fuselage and tail group construction: along the way we see plenty of demo’s and shortcuts. With an appealing conversational and anecdotal style, Dave shares over 50 years of model building experience with us… he’s been there, done that! Following upon his bestselling videotape “Secrets of Weathering”, Dave Platt turns the camera on the mysteries of building a Nationals level Radio Control Scale model. In this new series, we again visit Dave in his own workshop and witness an original model take shape… From design all the way through to finish painting. Anyone aspiring to become a Scale expert will find a study of this series an essential learning process, with the added plus of saving time and money … Enjoy! ‘Techniques’ with great tips in the following order: The ‘bent centerline’ fuselage; Why stab & elevator are built first; Sheet balsa joining to make ‘level’; Glass building board advantages; Constructing an elliptical and symmetrical stabilizer; Why laminated leading-edges’; Making a brazed elevator horn; Fabricating scale hinges; Sheet balsa hardness & weights; Setting up a fuselage centerline with positioning of formers; A one piece fuselage jig; The engine mounting plate; Erection of the main fuselage crutch with formers; Installing servo pushrods; Pushrods connections to tail wheel and elevator; Why you should cut your own planking strips; How to strip-plank the fuselage; Fitting the last planking strips, easily; Sanding the strip-planked fuselage, properly; Installing the engine & fuel tank.
Building & Fibreglassing Techniques – Vol. 2
Here is Volume 2 with more of Dave’s techniques. Watch while he reveals more tips that will help you build your own “best-ever” scale model. In this volume Dave completes construction of the fuselage and then shows how to build a wing …. his way. Be with Dave in his own workshop where you’ll see his newest original model take shape while you listen to him personally guide you through the whole process. A study of this on going learning series of video tapes will clearly show reasons why Dave’s won more prestigious model awards, Internationally, than any other Scale Modeler … and provide you with the knowledge to build a Nationals level Scale Model. ‘Techniques’ with great tips in the following order. Engine plate Custom mufflers Micro balloons Canopy fairings Cowl fittings On-board glow system Starting the wing Spar assembly Wing jig parts Framing up the wing G-10 trailing edges Landing gear installation Blending wing and fuselage Internal wing mechanisms Frise ailerons Aileron bellcranks Flaps torque rod horns Flap construction/hinging Landing gear doors/hinging Jig the wing for top skins Wing fillets.
Building & Fibreglassing Techniques – Vol. 3
Volume 3. Watch Dave Platt complete construction and fiberglassing of his original scale model design of the Macchi 202, a beautiful Italian World War II fighter design. Look over Dave’s shoulder while he reveals many quite unique tricks in light-weight fiberglassing. Use of heavy grit sandpaper, resin flow-coating, and the perfect fitting of the wing to fuselage fillets are only a few of the features included here. Dave’s model is really taking shape now. Then he flips the model over to show how one of modeling’s worst problems is solved: landing gear doors get laid-up in “glass”. For the finale on this tape, he sprays on the first coat of primer, preparing for the FUN part … Detailing and Painting. ‘Techniques’ with great tips in the following order. Airframe completed Fiberglass covering materials Sizing fiberglass cloth on wing Starting wing resining and tips Fiberglassing around fuselage Covering fillets Covering compound curves Scotchbrite pad to scarf surfaces Resin flow-coating Heavy sandpapering Really fitting wing fillets Spraying parting agent on fillets Make great landing gear doors Monokote parting agent for gear doors Landing gear door lay-ups What primer? Mixing and spraying primer Sanding primer