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FREE GIFT - GLIDER MANUFACTURE - THE DIE CUTTER

V. Ryan 2007 - 2016

 

DIE CUTTERS are normally used to manufacture card packaging. However, they can also be used to manufacture shapes / nets / developments from stronger materials. These include materials normally used for models. The manufacturing techniques for the model aeroplane is exactly the same whether it is made from balsa wood or polystyrene (Depron or Zepron)

 
 

INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUES


Model gliders / aeroplanes (balsa wood / polystyrene) are usually manufactured using a steel die cutting machine.

A sheet of thin balsa wood or polystyrene is placed on the machine table and the die cutter ‘stamps’ out the shape and the material is then removed.

When the balsa wood is removed - the wing, tail and fuselage can be pushed out of the balsa wood / polystyrene.

 
 
Rough edges are removed using glass paper or wet and dry paper.

Balsa wood is then sealed with PVA and allowed to dry over night.

Paint is then applied, usually by hand. (normally the glider / plane will be supplied to the customer
     
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