Scratch-building your own
flying model can be a source of
great satisfaction. As was the
full-scale version, Dave’s Bristol
Grandseigne Peanut is one of
inconspicuous area” is solid.
Certain glues react oddly with other
products. Want to touch up the strut on
your J- 3 Cub? You might discover how
a yellow Sharpie pen turns bright red
in the presence of CA glue. Substances
reacting together can surprise us with
A friend tried my favorite art spray
on his tissue-covered model and got
white blush on the rear fuselage. Was it
moisture? A poorly mixed product? We
never figured out what went wrong, but
it reacted to something on that airplane!
Ruining a model is one thing, but
danger might arise when harmful fumes
are accidentally produced. Not many of us
know enough about chemistry to predict
how products might react to each other,
so play it safe and don’t expose your
lungs, skin, or eyes to unknown fumes.
Even sanding dust can be an irritant. I
developed sensitivity to balsa dust a few
years back, so now I wear a dust mask
when sanding. I am also bothered by CA
Your mileage may vary because CA
sensitivity can begin at any time, or never.
A large model involves more glue and
builders have to be more careful about
fumes as the CA cures.
Builders use a variety of tools during
construction. Even the simplest model
requires several skills and appropriate
equipment. Collecting hand and power
tools can be a hobby in itself!
Large models need woodshop-type
power tools. I get more injury reports
from small-tool accidents than large ones.
We tend to underestimate them and get
careless when we should be vigilant.
102 Model Aviation OC TOBER 2013 www.ModelAviation.com
SAFETY COMES FIRST