Planking the monster
Ok, so posted wrong and will apply to correct category.
As stated most of the building of the fuselage complete
and so we get to add the planking to the skeleton.
Planks are 20mm wide out of the 100mm standard planks,
(20 into 100 means little or no waste of balsa),
by 2,5 mm deep as we will sand down to 1.5 mm
after liberal doses of lightfill are added.
Lightfill pretty much weighs the same as balsa
so no need to be scared of a liberal application
Two halves of the skeleton joined up, thats a 2m table there
Something pretty going on in there
Planking the right hand side with 20mmx2,5 mm planks
once again using the balsa stripper to keep the planks uniform in size
and then the left side with lightfill added, sanded down with 80 grit paper to
ensure that the lightfill and balsa even out at the same time
and finally finished with 150 grit
Checking out the front applied to the tail an overall size
Planking the latter half of the beast, starting at centre top,
then centre side as planking dictated till two halves meet, to stop any “pulling” in either direction
and the other side – plenty of cyno utilised here, you could wood glue it, but cyno does work
and speeds up the process somewhat
Adding the nose made of 10mm balsa sandwiched cross grain for strength
And walla, nose sanded to shape and cockpit area filled in
planking sanded to a smoothish finnish
Time to join the two halves!