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I’m new to free flight and I’m in the process of selecting and building a gas powered outdoor free flight competition model for AMA events 102/103. I’ve been looking for information on flight trimming. In many of the articles I’ve found it says that trimming has been previously addressed and needn’t addressed in detail again. I haven’t found it. At least not in one spot. Is there a concise, complete procedure documented somewhere for beginners? I need to study that before the many tips out there make sense. And, of course, I’d like to complete the trim procedure without destroying the model.
Thanks for your help
CRH02/19/2021 at 8:54 pm in reply to: Basic F1C/AMA powered outdoor free flight trimming? #95664Dean McGinnesParticipant
Go to the Texas Timers website. http://www.texastimers.com. On the home page he has a link to Don DeLoach’s excellent on trimming locked down (no VIT, Autorudder, bunt etc.) gas models. This is a comprehensive article and you would do well to stick to Classic locked-down models to start with. There are some excellent kits out there as well. If you have more questions reply to my email: firstname.lastname@example.orgDean McGinnesParticipant
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Yeah, I’d sure love to see our forum reinvigorated but we could be swimming up stream…
This is an update from the supplier –
In 1994, Gemini Coatings became the manufacturer of the catalyzed varnish “Fullerplast” when Fuller O’ Brien Paint Company was acquired by “The Grow Group”, a consortium of paint companies that included Glidden and Devoe (this has long-since been absorbed by PPG Paints). Gemini Coatings manufactured, distributed and sold Fullerplast until late 2017, when the main raw material (a synthetic resin) became unavailable by the supplier. We were unable to secure a new source for the resin nor were we able to produce a replacement for Fullerplast that would match the characteristics wood finishers around the globe had become accustomed to.
We had a main distributor in Florida called “Van-Dee Decorating” but their inventory is depleted, and as of today, we know of no sources for any remaining inventory anywhere in the United States. With all this being said, trying to find a suitable alternative to Fullerplast will be difficult, and we are acutely aware of the issue, and offer these products as possible alternatives. Keep in mind that alternative products will have preparation and application parameters that may be significantly different than Fullerplast, so please do your research, read the technical data sheets and talk to the technical support personnel for whomever you choose to do business with.
We recommend Asteria Conversion Varnish for applicators in all states except Colorado and California; For applicators in California and Colorado, where VOC laws are much more restrictive, we offer a low-VOC version (see attached Technical Data Sheets). Both products, because of the latest technology in wood coatings, are not going to be similar to Fullerplast in a few ways, the addition of catalyst in the correct amount is critical to proper film formation, dry/cure and long-term performance. Solvents for reduction are restricted to what is listed on the respective technical data sheets. There can be no additional solvents, tints or dyes without specific approval from Gemini’s Technical Services as there may be compatibility issues.
The positive side of these products are, much longer pot life, higher build, virtually crystal clear resin, and UV inhibitors to help resist yellowing. These also dry to sand/recoat much faster than Fullerplast, but are limited in the total dry film thickness that may be applied to your wood surfaces. Please note this when reviewing the Technical Data Sheets. Below is a link to Gemini’s “dealer locator”, I encourage people to look for industrial wood coatings distributors near them as they tend to have a broader expertise in fins wood finishing practices.
I am happy to elaborate further if needed, let me know how I can help.
Brian B. Leck
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