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GilShapley
#21 Posted : 11 October 2021 12:15:33

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Not had much success with the leading edges provided for this kit. I have soaked and bent to shape but cannot seem to get the correct shape. Don't want to apply too much pressure as they are only .4mm ply. So change of plan, I have purchased some .4mm aluminium sheets (Thank you Cornwall Models) and using the provided cutouts as templates have cutout replacements. Hopefully I will have more success with these.

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#22 Posted : 17 October 2021 13:52:27

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You know Gil it did cross my mind whether it might be easier to use thin aluminium sheet, but wondered whether it might not be better to use the thin ply in order to retain that 'natural wood' look, but I suppose you could always fit the more pliable and easier to work with metal sheet and then just paint it to look like wood - problem solved?!

Looking forward to seeing how this all turns out Gil, keep up the good work. Very interesting stuff! Cool ThumpUp

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#23 Posted : 17 October 2021 21:14:45

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Hi Gil.
Been watching this coming along and very impressed!Cool With regards to the leading edge problem, I just had a thought too. When I built my very first wooden ship, the Constructo "Grimsby" (Supposed to be an 'English Frigate' but with only 12 guns more of a Gun Brig really) I had some problems with bending the planking which was a single layer of 2mm quite hard wood (sapele?) Following advice in a 'how to' book I soaked the planks for a few hours in household ammonia - evil smelly stuff, even with no sense of smellCrying but it did the trick well! I was wondering if, instead of the plywood you could use thin wood veneer as I did on the upper cockpit area on my card model Sopwith Pup but instead of trying to bend it after soaking, over the actual wings, sand a strip of solid wood to the same curve as the leading edge then bend the veneer around that holding it in place with rubber bands or similar. Let the ammonia evaporate (preferably out in the shed or garage!) When dry the veneer would stay in the required shape ready for gluing in place.
Modern books on planking don't usually mention ammonia anymore for obvious reasons but it does really soften wood! Probably not plywood though as Kev said too much softening could de-laminate the stuff hence trying veneer instead.

Robin
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