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#1 1to1scale

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 03:03 PM

As the title says i am looking for an aircraft assembly stand/jig. I have seen the Hobbyzone version, and I don't like it. What have others been using? 

 

I tried to test assemble the wings and struts of my WNW Snipe, I fumbled with it for an 20 min and they kept falling apart, when I got one strut in, the other would fall out. How does everyone else test fit biplane wings? I have been looking at lab/beaker stands, but they don't seem to have attachments that would work for my purpose. 

 

What have you guys found? 


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 03:06 PM

I searched and searched..................then I found the JK Models stand, and pretty much hanvt looked back. Its SO good in fact, I actually wore this one out, and purchased a new one at the US NATs this year, that I plan on clear coating to make it last a bit longer.

 

 

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 03:07 PM

I just ordered this one last night to help when I finally (if ever) get to final assembly of my Aeroclub 1/32 Pitts S-1D vacuform kit.

 

http://umm-usa.com/o...ge.php?pID=3102

 


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 03:23 PM

Yep, the JK is the one that seems to be the best and most useful.  I have many of them.  They say use CA for assembly, but be careful.

Chris


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 04:08 PM

Yep, the JK is the one that seems to be the best and most useful.  I have many of them.  They say use CA for assembly, but be careful.

Chris

I used wood glue on mine; it worked very well. I also substituted cork-like gasket material for the rubber bands. The 1/32 model is a little bit large for single engine fighters...


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I started building my shelf of doom, but I never finished it.

 


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 04:38 PM

I was looking, and UMM also sell the vertigo acrylic stands. I just wonder if going to the $45 stand is better. It does seem thinner and less obtrusive. 



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Posted 25 October 2017 - 04:54 PM

How does the JM stand “wear out”? Thanks.

Edited by Dave Williams, 25 October 2017 - 04:55 PM.


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 08:59 PM

How does the JM stand “wear out”? Thanks.

 

If you have to ask, you may not want to know



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Posted 25 October 2017 - 09:04 PM

I also substituted cork-like gasket material for the rubber bands.

 

That's a great idea! I used felt on mine, but it's a bit furry. Cork would be much better! Now, where to find some?

 

Kev


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 09:13 PM

That's a great idea! I used felt on mine, but it's a bit furry. Cork would be much better! Now, where to find some?

 

Kev

 

Hic... :beer4:



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Posted 25 October 2017 - 09:33 PM

That's a great idea! I used felt on mine, but it's a bit furry. Cork would be much better! Now, where to find some?

 

Kev

I got mine at the local auto parts store.


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 09:39 PM

If you have to ask, you may not want to know


Well, I do have one of the stands, so yes I do want to know. Wouldn’t have asked otherwise.

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Posted 25 October 2017 - 10:04 PM

Vertigo - it's superb for biplanes as you can adjust it for dihedral and every which way & each wing is supported, as is the tail.

 

And it's transparent, so that aids the visuals.


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 10:55 PM

If you have to ask, you may not want to know


I suspect that the fasterners could crush the wood material causing uncertain clamping. Sliding the vertical surfaces along the position markings could ware them off. This went through my head at the Nationals. I was out of money at the time so the whole exercise became mute. I am sill using Legos and cardboard.

The clear plastic is appealing to me.

Rick
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Posted 26 October 2017 - 06:41 PM

How does the JM stand “wear out”? Thanks.

 

 

I suspect that the fasterners could crush the wood material causing uncertain clamping. Sliding the vertical surfaces along the position markings could ware them off. This went through my head at the Nationals. I was out of money at the time so the whole exercise became mute. I am sill using Legos and cardboard.

The clear plastic is appealing to me.

Rick

 

 

Generally I use the CRAP out of them, and that (in the past only) has consisted of using them as a paint stand too. I took them apart, adjusted them laid parts aside, and reconfigured it seemingly hundreds of times. Just the nature of the beast. Glues and paints took their toll, and it has just gotten run down, but not ready to be pitched yet. 

 

With my second one, Ill clear it, and not use it as a paint stand so that should theoretically extend the life of the stand somewhat. 


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