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Old 09-12-2005, 02:05 AM   #1
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Cool Blue Fan Fold waves..

I just got my first bundle of Dow FF and it seems to have a lot of waves in the panels. Is there a good way to relax it with a heat gun or let it lay flat with weight on it to flatten out the waves? I know it won't be perfect but I hope it will get better.
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Old 09-13-2005, 11:19 PM   #2
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Default Blue Fan Fold

The fan fold doesn't look as good as the flat foam. I've built many planes with the blue foam and they fly just fine. You could peel the thin layer off the foam and sand but this will make it a little weak. I've layered and sanded to shape but to heat and flatten? I don't think this will work but you can try. Blue foam is very cheap and easy to work with. I saved the good flat foam until I wasn't crashing as much. Hope this will help.
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Old 09-13-2005, 11:21 PM   #3
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I use a wing jig and bake my panels at 205* for 20-30 minutes. It hardens and smooths the FFF. Check: http://www.foamfly.com/customer/down...d723a741eb1508
and at the bottom is It The Fan-Fold Guide: It was well worth it to me who had never used FFF for RC models. He has the jig, too

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Old 09-14-2005, 06:38 AM   #4
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Thanks for the advice guys. The heat gun didn't work. It shrinks the film and looks like its doing some good but ends up warping when it cools. I think I will try the oven method.
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If you want to do a flat piece put it between two pieces of plate glass --window glass. That will keep it flat and it will get a bit stiffer just like in the wing jig but flat

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Well , mostly you get what you pay for . If, you want top notch planes , "don't buy cut rate material." My self , I don't see where the ripples hurt anything.Surely not flight.
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Pro-tip. Pull the film off (only where you need to, joints and tape etc.) by pulling directly up and away. It does not like to be reversed on itself. You can use a ruler or straight edge to help your lines.

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Pro-tip. Pull the film off (only where you need to, joints and tape etc.) by pulling directly up and away. It does not like to be reversed on itself. You can use a ruler or straight edge to help your lines.

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True, but some of the best reference books are much older.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/b...ica-found.html

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