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    Aviation Enthusiast nhk750's Avatar
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    Thanks, that gives me more stuff to study over the next months. Nice information in that thread.
    Too many airplanes and not enough time...

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    So, I ordered a small medium set of fixtures and magnets with my tax return. The mail man came yesterday and forgot to put the parcel box key In my mailbox, so now I am staring out the window at the parcel mail box wondering how to get inside before Monday...arggggggg!!!!!!
    Too many airplanes and not enough time...

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    Got the Steel Building Board done!

    One of my customers gave me a 20" x 60" section of 18 gauge steel for my building board free! So today I sanded, put 2" gridlines and center lines on it and clear coated it so it wont rust over time. It came out really good and it should be very flat. I also cut out a piece of 1/2" CDX plywood and finished it with Minwax. I will put the plywood on top of my card table underneath the sheet metal to help keep it flat. I could mount the plywood to the steel, but I am afraid it would get too heavy, so with them separated I can move and store them easier. Once I put a finish on the airfield fixtures I will post up a picture of the complete system. This is almost like a build in itself setting up the magnetic build system and it should last me a lifetime, also looking good along the way!

    The raw steel.
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    Sanding it smooth.
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    Marking the 2" grid lines using a sharpie.
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    Clear coat finish, using rustoleum gloss clear coat.
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    Too many airplanes and not enough time...

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    A thousand pints of lite. Joker 53150's Avatar
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    I've recently started using the magnetic building surface and absolutely love it. With a 3D printer I'm also able to print some fixtures now to really increase accuracy during the construction.
    Joker

    Balsa dust is a wonderful thing, make some today!

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    Dude that looks awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexMechsRobot View Post
    Dude that looks awesome.
    Thanks! I am super excited about this project and getting back to balsa. I am hoping this system will help me build very straight and true balsa models. I just am sick of using pins and fighting the pins...arggg
    Too many airplanes and not enough time...

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