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Easy Workshop Tips

Easy Workshop Tips

These tips may not change your life, but they may make building and flying RC planes a little easier! Have a tip of your own to share? Send it to us at


Hatch Leash

A great way to ensure your canopy arrives attached to your plane, rather than flying off one way and the plane going the other, is to use two small pieces of wood from a matchstick or a wooden BBQ skewer. I epoxy one for the inside of the foam canopy and the other for the inside of the fuselage, then I wrap a small length of dental floss (which is strong and light) to each piece. I do this before pushing them into the foam while the epoxy is still wet. This system adds minimal weight to the plane, but ensures I don’t end up losing the canopy! My Multiplex Easy Cub is shown here.

The Perfect Building Guide

Here is the way to use your old credit cards and build straight at the same time. While building wing panels on plans, you have to ensure the ribs are 90 degrees to the building board. Old plastic credit cards are great building guides as their edges are perfectly square and the corners are rounded so they don’t get glued to the rib during construction. When they get ratty just throw them away, they don’t cost a thing ‘ that is, if you have a good credit score!

Custom Sanding Sticks

For neat and straight edges on parts I cut for my airplanes, I find it helpful to make custom-sized sanding sticks to fit into tight areas. Simply get some stick-on sandpaper (usually for electric sanders) and cut it into strips. Make your sanding stick to fit and then apply the sandpaper. The end result is clean edges for a professional-looking job.

Quick Connections

I’ve found that even when servo labels stay on, it is much too tedious to plug them all in properly. So, this is my solution. I bought several different colors of heat-shrink tubing: 3/8 inch for the female connectors and 1/4 inch for the male. To make it easy to determine the correct polarity, I draw dots on the tubing with a felt-tip marker to make connecting them a snap.

Updated: April 20, 2017 — 11:47 AM
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  1. Here is a tip for the modeler who wants to make his own graphics that don’t cost him an arm and a leg. If you go to the dollar store and look at their school supply section they have these roled sheets that are supposed to be used for textbook covers that are a vinyl with a sticky backing. It comes in several colors and you can cut out a myriad of different designs and make double overlays. It says that these are repositionable but once I stick them on, they stay stuck on.

    1. Also on this theme Vynal sign people often sell an amazing array of self adhesive vinyls by the Meter( about 3.50 USD./meter!) they have all the solid colors many of which matcth our coverings quite well + a huge range of carbon fiber, aluminium, chrome and metallic styles. The day glow colors stand up well in our application as well.

      The stuff sticks forever to covering films and can be cut to any shape/ design you desire. In addition the backing allows you draw your design directly on the decal to be cut And to also place 2 pieces back to back while cutting for mirror image decals.
      I always stick an 8″ wide stripe on an angle under each wing for flight orientation

  2. I have found that water slide decals or self stick seem to get air bubbles quite often. I use the stiff crit card offer cards that come in junk mail as a squeegee. They are thin and quite flexible and give good results most of the time, Nothing is fool proof when it comes to decals.

  3. I use the bottom of an aluminium pop can to mix epoxy. It is curved and when you combine it with a Popsicle stick for stirring there are no places for the unmixed epoxy to hide. Yoy get a good mix and it is easy to wipe out an use many times.

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