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MAKING A MODEL GLIDER BY HAND

V. Ryan 2007

 

1. A card template is drawn accurately and then placed on the modelling making material (zepron, depron or balsa wood).

A china graph pencil or water based felt pen or even a pencil is used to draw accurately round the template.

 

2. A craft knife is used to cut out the shapes of the fuselage and wings. Great care must be taken as craft knives are dangerous if used carelessly.
Alternatively, a fretsaw or a fine toothed modelling saw can be used.

3. After the parts are smoothed with glass paper or went and dry paper, they are painted by hand. Before painting balsa wood must be sealed using PVA. However, depron and zepron can be painted straightaway with water based paints.

 

4. Glue guns can be used to join depron or zepron although solvent free glues can also be used effectively. Glues such as UHU POR or POLY ZAP are amongst the most suitable.
Glue is carefully applied to join all the parts permanently together.

5. The final stage is to check the finished glider for quality. This is called quality control. Faults are corrected and the glider is tested for flight (this is the fun part).

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