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Quick tip involving the new foam.


WWII fanatic
So, last night I was working on a plane and trying to easily remove the paper off the new adams foamboard and I stumbled across using a cotton swab to help remove the paper.

To begin, you'll need a cotton swab, and bit of water, and of course your foam. But before we start a bit of a warning this involves wetting the paper and if you apply water beyond your area you are looking to remove doing so could weaken the bond between the paper and your foam which in the long term could mess up or ruin you airplane so be CAREFUL.

Your first step is to dip the head of your cotton swab into some water and then rub it on the area of paper that you want to remove but, as I said above keep a good millimeter from the area you don't want to remove so, after you applied area is a little damp/wet wait ~30-40 sec and then remove, and just like that you're done.

I hope you find this helpful.


Old and Bold RC PILOT
In Aus we have been forced to use the "NEW" FB types or similar for quite a while and as some of the FT designs required to have paper removed I found a simple and very fast way to remove the paper without damage or similar to any untreated area and that is I use an old Steam iron, (no Steam), and with the iron set to a moderate temperature I warm the edge of the FB piece and using a wiping action with my finger on the heated edge I start the paper pealing off.

Then I just rest the FB flat on the surface of the iron and start pulling the paper end downwards whilst the FB piece slides across the hot plate of the iron. The piece slides quickly and easily past the iron and the paper separates easily and in one piece without any damage to the foam.

The paper can be saved for use as a template if required and there is NO mess.

It might take a bit of practice but I stripped ALL of the paper from the fuselage and tail of my Experimental FT spitfire build in less than one minute without any foam damage or marks.

Just one method that works well for me!


Old and Bold RC PILOT
Would photos suffice? I do not have access to a video recording source and am one of the few persons that believe the U Tube and the like are best avoided.

I tried uploading a Go Pro video clip earlier and the forum refused to accept it.


Faster than a speeding faceplant!
I don't blame you about YouTube.

You had an interesting post and I thought you might post a more visual step-by-step. Just to help out those of us who 'get it' better with something to see. :)


Old and Bold RC PILOT
Video or it didn't happen Hai-Lee. :p
I made a short video just over 73Mb which shows me stripping the paper off of a bit of scrap I had around.

The video was taken outside of my workshop for security and allied reasons now that I sell my own FB designs through the local shops. Honestly my workspace is a real mess with plans, templates, and models everywhere so there was no room for a video production.

The video was started just after the iron was connected to power so it is a little slow to start but the gist of what I have stated is obvious to anyone who would wish it.

I will try to extract a few stills for my next post here.


Old and Bold RC PILOT
A further examination of the video shows that it is 56 seconds long and the iron was still too cold at the beginning. Sadly I normally hold the Iron inverted between my knees but that does not make for a clean video so I am sorry if it seems everything was happening slower than I previously stated.

Anyhow here are a few pics ripped from the video:

Paper labelled for reference purposes, (hard to duplicate a hand written message)


Warming up the paper on the edge.

Warming the Edge.jpg

Edge paper lifted

Edge lifted.jpg

Back to the Heat

Back to the heat.jpg

Remainder see next post


Old and Bold RC PILOT
Part 2 or heat removal of FB paper

Hold the Foamboard flat on the iron

Holding it flat.jpg

Pull the paper and allow the FB to slide across the iron face

Pull the paper.jpg

The last bit

The last bit.jpg

The removed paper or template

The paper or template.jpg

All done in under a minute and without mess, smoke, fumes, or damage to the foam!

If you want to try it save a pile of your scraps and borrow the wife's iron and practice. (She will never suspect that you have the iron).

Have a good day!