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Old 12-25-2010, 11:54 PM   #1
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Anyone out there building their own wheel pants? I have a Fairchild F22 that needs a set!
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Old 12-26-2010, 12:48 AM   #2
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light ply base.. then build up with foam. sand to shape.. cover or glass
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Do you have any pictures and what kind of foam are you using ?
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its like an oreo, lite ply on the outside any foam(white, blue) in the middle.
the foam will sand easily to give you a complex shape easily.
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Sure would love more information, I know it's out there somewhere,....

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Old 12-26-2010, 02:06 PM   #6
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Default Ms. Millie needs pants

Here's a picture of her.
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:50 AM   #7
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I make pants for my electric models out of balsa stacks, sand to shape and cover with film for a perfect color match.

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For simple parts, you can easily make a balsa mold, and hand pull sheet plastic over the mold to make half-parts, using a heat gun. Join them at the center after trimming. If you join them with a perfect butt seam, you can add CA or epoxy to the inside of seam, to give you some sanding latitude. I've done this for numerous molded parts.

It the edge of the pants can have a bit of thickness, I would sculpt them from balsa. You can coat them with a layer of CA or epoxy afterward, to add a bit of toughness.


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Thanks Bill G really am glad you put some pics on here helps alot,....'Thanks again

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