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Tarps and canvas
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 10, 2003 1:15 AM
Hi,

I'm new to this site and have a question on making tarps or canvas. I'm making some small balsa tents as training aids for my Reserve unit and need help with the canvas. I read many years ago about using diluted glue and tissue to create intake covers for model jet fighters. I can't remember how this was done and was wondering if any of you have done this? I'm sure this would work to put over the tent frames but have no idea where to start. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.

Mark
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Posted by Dwight Ta-ala on Friday, October 10, 2003 1:30 AM
Welcome to the site Mark.

I think it will work as long as the dimensions are compatible with that of the tissue.

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 10, 2003 3:17 AM
Maybe fine silk would work, also? Just a thought.:)
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Posted by shermanfreak on Friday, October 10, 2003 11:29 AM
Shouldn't be a problem at all Mark. I've used this method to create tarps over the back of trucks many times.

First build your frames, then lay tissue paper over the frame, and brush on a 50 / 50 mixture of white glue and water. As it dries, it tightens itself to the frame giving a very nice look. You can also layer on more tissue paper to make it stronger. After it dries, trim the edges if needed.
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 10, 2003 1:18 PM
Thanks for the replies. One last question regarding the tissue. I hope I don't sound like an idiot here but when they say tissue, do they mean tissue that you put on the old rubber band powered balsa planes or Kleenex tissue? Thanks once again.

Mark
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Posted by shermanfreak on Friday, October 10, 2003 6:01 PM
The kind you blow your nose on .... preferably unused. LOL
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 10, 2003 6:21 PM
Hey Robert,

Very unique way of confirming my question. My wife noticed me laughing and thought I was going nuts. You so funny. Looks like I found a great site with humor included. Thanks.

Mark
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Posted by Dwight Ta-ala on Friday, October 10, 2003 9:19 PM
QUOTE: Very unique way of confirming my question. My wife noticed me laughing and thought I was going nuts. You so funny. Looks like I found a great site with humor included. Thanks.


Hi mark,

Stick around some more and you'll see what real humor is.Wink [;)]

Or better still, stick your picture here and you'll see what real humor is.Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 10, 2003 9:52 PM
Boy, I feel welcomed already. No snobs here. I belong to a few forums and there are people who think their stuff don't stink and talk down to you if you don't know as much as they do. By the way, how did I get this snap-together title? Is this a ranking system? I must have missed something. Thanks guys.

Mark
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Posted by paulnchamp on Friday, October 10, 2003 10:01 PM
Welcome, Gyroflyer - you've just discovered our ranking system, and you have been corresponding with our king - Shermanfreak! He has the most posts of anyone.

Hmmmmm. . . instead of king, perhaps the term I'm looking for would be "Postmaster General." Big Smile [:D]
Paul "A man's GOT to know his limitations."
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Posted by Dwight Ta-ala on Friday, October 10, 2003 10:25 PM
Hi again Mark,

The "snap-together" title is given to members who have made 49 posts and below. Once you tally 50 to 99 posts, you will be considered "box-stock". At 100 to 499, you will be an "aftermarket" member. At 500 to 999, you will be in the "multi-media" zone. At 1000 to 1999 you will be "kit bashed". At 2000 up you will be in the level of "scratch-butt" I mean "scratchbuilt" like great 'ol Sherm up there.

And if you reach 3000 posts or so, they will probabaly shut you up for talking so much already and taking so much space in the hard drive of the FSM web server. Ha-ha-ha-ha. (just kidding).

Paul, I like "Postmaster General" for Sherm. It is much better than "scratch-butt". LOL.

Unofficially though, the higher your rank means the lesser hair you have. LOL.

Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]

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Posted by shermanfreak on Friday, October 10, 2003 10:43 PM
Postmaster General ..... I Love It !!!!!!!
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 10, 2003 11:04 PM
You've got to be kidding me, I've been talking to GOD and nobody told me? Well, I'll keep from asking silly questions to the Master. Also, thanks for explaining the rank structure. Can I just post the models I have in my closet one at time? I should be at scratchbuilt by the end of next week. LOL

Mark
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Posted by Dwight Ta-ala on Sunday, October 12, 2003 7:26 PM
Hey Mark,

Want to loose hair so soon?

Ha-ha-ha.

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 13, 2003 6:05 AM
Mark, I was wondering the same thing about the "snap-together" thing! LOL
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, October 13, 2003 2:53 PM
Not very fair, is it? I would be about 7 years old if I was snap-together. At 39 and having build many models, you think we would get a little more respect. LOL

Mark
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 1:38 AM
Well, I put the "unused tissue" over the tent frames, brushed the diluted glue on, let dry, painted, then admired the finished product. It turned out great. Obviously care must be taken not to break through the tissue while brushing the glue on. Found out the hard way. Thanks for everybody's input. Now I can use this little procedure for future projects. If I knew how to put pictures on here, you could see the results. Thanks again.

Mark
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 4:05 AM
For intake covers etc I'd use the tissue method - for rolled up tarps I tend to prefer rolling some milliput extremely thinly (with the aid of flour + rolling pin) and rolling it up into the required shape.

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 8:56 AM
Gyro, I guess you've already done your tent project, but to avoid tearing the tissue by brushing on the glue, you can alternatively soak the tissue by laying a few layers flat in the dilute glue, like on a coffee cup saucer, and then place the (dripping wet) tissue over the wood frame.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 9:12 AM
Forgot.. Then trim to size once dry as mentioned B4.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 1:03 PM
Hey Skii, what the heck is milliput? I plan to do rolled tarps sometime. Thanks.

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