I built a few of the new plains and need some help from my friend on the Forum.
The plan set is the new Quick N Easy Airplane Play Pals.
I wanted to build this set because I thought it would be quick and easy. So I planned to build 8 of them in two days. Well, I did not make it, it took 2 & 1/2 days. Still not to bad for me, so I think we can keep the cost down for craft shows.
The bodies of the planes are pine, and the wings and other parts are popular baked.
Interesting issue here is that when I cut the 1st two tale slots, I cut them to big for the 1/4" wings. So I took some 3/8" wood and cut out the wings then sanded it down to fit.
That worked OK. So then I was more careful when cutting the tail slots. However, when sanding the wings it made the slots to big again.
Answer: cut just a hair bigger and sand the wings less.
First the planes are fun and easy to build, but here are my issues.
1. I can never cut round window holes without getting a lot of tear out.
I used a Forster bit, and then used a dermal tool and could not get them smooth.
2 When cutting the jet, the wing goes through the body. Well you want it tight, so I cut it close, then sand the slot to fit the wing.
Question: If you paint it before you glue it in, you will scratch the wing up sliding it in. How best to get the wing in place? Paint in first then glue it in or glue it in then paint?
Paint on this model is blue and white metallic craft paint brushed on.
I painted the wings after I glued them in which created a lot of extra work trying not to get white paint on the blue bodies. I was able to get 4 coats of the blue on the bodies the 2nd day, and then glued the wings on and could do two coats of white. The last two coats of white on the wings had to wait for the 3rd day.
Is there a better way? Ideas?
3. I used polyurethane (brush on) for the plan wooden ones.
I could not get it to cover really smooth, especially on the end grain pieces.
Question: Should I have used some kind of sealer on the planes before I used the Polyurethane?
Any ideas would be helpful. This was my 1st attempt at a brush on poly, and found out I am not very good at it.
Thanks in advance for any ideas you guys can offer.
Remember, although this project is supposed to be quick and easy, I still would like to iron out the bugs in my workmanship.