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    Top Flite SE5A

    Hello. First of all apologies if this has been asked or discussed before. I suspect it has...

    I bought myself an old Top Flite SE5A plan last night (ID: 90569). It's going to be my first scratch build. The plans look great. They're highly detailed, but I'm guessing that it originally went with a kit. I was wondering whether I could ask a couple of questions...

    1. Has anyone got a copy of the original instructions they could photograph and send? Looking on the plans website I kinda got the impression there weren't any.
    2. The plans expect me to be able to make fuselage formers by scaling down and up an example that it is printed (F15). Has anyone got any ideas on how to do that?

    Thanks very muchly.

    D

    #2
    Hi. The person supplying the plans came through and so I now have a copy of the build instructions. Thanks.

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      #3
      I was looking through Top Flite's new assembled aircraft kit collection lineup. They have an impressive collection. I have an interest in the new Gold Edition, 105in WS, P-47D included parts for P-47-D Razorback (except greenhouse canopy available separately). I hope you do a Building Blog or Building Log.

      ReKit

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        #4
        Hi, this is the first time I have written in a forum so I may be writing it in the wrong place.
        I have just started to contemplate making model aircraft after a 50 year hiatus, so there is a lot to learn in a short time (as there is not a lot of time left!). I live in Australia for 6 months and Nepal the rest of the year, and the problems we have in Nepal are that we cannot find balsa or basswood, we don't have good glues and no chance of dope. As far as the wood is concerned I will have to bring it from Australia and the glues too, but not the flammable type. So two questions:
        1. Glue. Polyurethane glues can fly with us in luggage as they are water based, as can titebond (which I use to make my guitars) but are these the best glues to use? I have researched poly glue and the consensus is that it is good for end to end grain gluing, but no better than titebond for side grain gluing. I remember from my youth that there was a volatile wood glue that I used but can't remember the name.
        2. Dope. I read on the net that a viable alternative to shrink tissue paper and coat balsa wood is hairspray. Any thoughts on that? I can get thinners in Nepal but not Nitro cellulose lacquer which I am told is what "dope" is. Hairspray on the other hand is easy to get.
        Looking forward to spending time on this site and hopefully one day making a contribution!
        mauricepaul

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          #5
          Oops, sorry ReKit, I think I wrote this in the wrong spot, it was supposed to be a new question!
          mauricepaul

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