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An interesting sanding device...

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  • Member since
    June, 2017
  • From: Winter Park, FL
An interesting sanding device...
Posted by fotofrank on Friday, June 23, 2017 3:50 PM

In a Youtube video I watched recently, the fellow in the video had an interesting sanding tool. The too looked like a slingshot but not as heavy. the handle was short, maybe four of five inches and the spread at the open end looked to be about eight inches. Between the two ends was a strip of sand paper maybe a half inch wide. Watching the fellow work with the device, he was sanding the nose of an airplane, the strip of sand paper flexed to conform to the curve of the nose of the airplane. How cool, I thought, but I didn't bookmark the video. Is anyone familiar with such a device? Can someone put a name on it and maybe tell me where to buy this thing?

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Posted by Raulduke on Friday, June 23, 2017 4:01 PM

I've actually made several of those with different grits. Not to tough. I used coat hanger wire. 

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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Friday, June 23, 2017 4:04 PM

I'll have to try that. I'm always too ready to lay out more cash too often.

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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Friday, June 23, 2017 4:34 PM
Sounds like the Flex-I-File. It's a great tool to have around. Most online hobby shops have them, but you can get them at
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  • From: Winter Park, FL
Posted by fotofrank on Friday, June 23, 2017 5:42 PM

Got it. A local hobby shop has it and also Roll Models online.

Gonna hafta add the Flex-I-File to my tool kit.

I've been spending some dough at Sally Beauty Supply for multi-grit emory boards and trying to keep fuselages round by moving the board a lot.


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Posted by mitsdude on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 10:02 AM

Very nice tool. Especially for curved surfaces.

I have a set of 4 and keep each loaded with a different grit.

The sanding strips are a bit expensive and clog pretty quickly.

You can find a package of sheets of "sandpaper" made of the same material as the strips.

I buy these, cut the strips, fold-glue the ends with super glue.

Making your own you can make them wider.

Its a bit time consuming buy will save a few bucks.

You can actually use any sandpaper and make your own strips.


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Posted by Jay Jay on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 10:45 AM

Never thought about making my own sanding strips for the Flex-i-file. Thanks Dude.






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