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Uk based -De-papered foam or posterboard

#1
Hi
A lot of the warbirds use this technique-can you actually buy something in the UK that does the trick or is it best to use the paper peeled off of FT board?
Thanks
 

FDS

Well-known member
#4
Covering, you use card. The store formerly known as Staples sells A1 sheets of a very good card for covering/turtle decks at £1.99 a sheet.
The FT board with the paper off is pretty light, it’s mostly air. Weigh an offcut next to a bit of cereal box card by way of comparison. You will be surprised.
 
#5
Thanks again FDS
Had a quick look on staples site ,couldn’t see it but sounds good.
Have you got a link?
Seen threads saying only cover top half with it as will get ripped if fitted underneath.
Better to use foamboard there?
 

FDS

Well-known member
#6
Staples website is not what is in the stores, I found that out looking for packing tape. Any thin card 2-300gsm is fine. Most craft places have it.
Use whatever the plan designers suggest, ignore trade names, look at the dimensions etc.
If you use undercarriage the bottom of the plane won’t get hammered.
 
#7
Ok
Thanks.
Is iStaples now called office outlet,if so one very close to me so will have a nosey
How do you apply it?
Have seen some planes that look a bit wrinkled ,want to try and get a smooth finish
 

FDS

Well-known member
#8
No idea. I haven’t made any complicated planes, my piloting skills mean it’s not worth me doing yet. The pile of broken bits is just more detailed!
The sort of finish you are after is best achieved with balsa, from what I have seen.
 
#9
Well as you know I’m way greener than you so there’s a tip for me there!
Started another thread on this subject and this came up
Found some interesting ideas including this.
The plans use DOWTM PROTECTION BOARD III which is 1/4 inch thick so a little thicker than FT board (and heavier?)but a good way of getting rounded noses and fuselages
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=15415662&postcount=701
Wonder if it would work with FT board?
Has anyone tried it?
 
#11
Ok
Was thinking of using the laminate plans with FT foamboard and see what that produces.
bTW was thinking,with your nerf moding skills it’s time you knocked up a nerf aa gun and try to hit one of your planes!
 

FDS

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#12
I have plenty of very silly Nerf blasters to use against planes. That might make a good YT video, I will see if I can find a better place to film it.
 

FDS

Well-known member
#15
We talked about a quad barrel Nerf turret a while ago, based on a double Rhinofire. That is pretty much a Nerf bofors, even the barrels move in and out like the real thing. I never made it because the parts were nearly £250 and I wouldn’t be able to carry it easily so it would be a static piece only.
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The original foam A10 with the Rival firing nose cannon was so good, the FT guys referenced it in their monster A10 airsoft video.
 

Kananga

Active member
#17
Hi, just joined, first post. I'm just about to start cutting out a mini arrow, I'm using board I bought from a craft store that's apparently part of the works. It's £3 for a sheet of A1 and seems like it should do the job, don't know weight comparison as I can't get flite test board.
 

FDS

Well-known member
#18
That will be Westfoam, it’s aroubd 30% heavier than FT board, so your CG will end up different to the plans. Welcome to the Forums, FT Foam is available in the UK for £2-3 per sheet as are speedbuild kits.
 

Kananga

Active member
#19
I can find ft board on eBay and in a model shop in Leeds I think but postage stops it being a budget build :( I'm in the high peak so in the middle of nowhere really.
 

IanSR

Active member
#20
With respect, even paying £6 delivery it is still the cheapest plane you'll build outside of a pizza (or tv) box one.

I had the same attitude you have then I plumbed for 5 sheets and have never looked back, it was such a joy to see the plane take to the sky at first attempt instead of crashing like they always did with west foam because either the cig was wrong or the plane was twice its intended weight.