While building a large sanding block I needed to glue together pairs of triangles. Came up with this jig for insuring that the parts stay aligned. The base is just a single piece of foam board. The edge, or fence on two sides, is a double piece of foam board with a little overlap. That is glued to the base. So, put glue on one triangle then put the other triangle on top of the first. Slide them around a bit to spread the glue out. Temporarily push the triangles into the fence until alignment takes place. Then remove the parts to avoid gluing them to the jig permanently. Hold them together until you are certain that the glue is set, maybe 30-45 seconds.
Occasionally the slots or servo openings on your foam board models need to be made a bit larger. And it is true for scratch built models or kits. This tool is handy for cleaning up or enlarging those holes. The paint stirring stick can usually be had for free at your local hardware. You may need to trim it a small amount. While you are there pick up a package of self stick sand paper. Use a finer grit, say 150 or 200.
My first FliteTest build is an Old Speedster. I bought the speed build kit. The top half of the fuselage is white poster board. Decided that I would prefer black, so I traced the white parts from the kit onto black poster board. Simple enough. The only problem was making 1/8″ diameter holes to slip over the bamboo skewers sticking out of the front where the powerpod slips on. Found these Fiskars 1/8″ single hole punch online at both Amazon and eBay. Made for a neat build.
Wanted to add a tail wheel to my Old Speedster. Most of the solutions that I came up with were on the heavy side. This one is not. Here is one way to do it. The thin plastic tubing is about 1 1/2″ long. A better solution might be to have the tail wheel supported at the fuselage to take the weight off of the rudder. Maybe version #2.
Read a couple of positive reviews of the Aldi / WorkZone Mini Hot Glue Gun, so I took a ride over to Aldi to pick one up. This was in early June. No WorkZone tools! Apparently when Summer begins the tools go into the warehouse and the summer products take their place on the shelves. So I checked my favorite fallback place, eBay. And sure enough the WorkZone Mini Glue Gun was available from a couple of sellers. Thank you eBay!
The color of the FliteTest water resistant foam board is very similar to the color of cardboard. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone made tape the color of cardboard for use on that foam board? Well, someone does! I found this product at Amazon but it is probably available elsewhere too. Just what I needed. I tried to cut the elevator bevel free hand on my Old Speedster and cut through the paper hinge. The repair looks good and the tape added very little weight.