Posted 26 January 2017 - 05:28 PM
I don't always use a jig, but with some of the old kits I have run into some warpage problems, and a jig certainly is useful in straightening out those issues. Especially when you start going to longer wing/multi-strut bombers. I also use CA glue most of the time, so by setting everything up with a jig, you know it is right and once you apply the glue, there is little time for "tweaking"...
Another method I use a lot (mainly because I like to scratchbuild ) is small brass rod locating pins. Even for kits, I will often cut off the molded pins, drill holes exactly where they need to be and insert small brass pins. Then I can dry fit the pieces and know they are right before applying glue. One benefit I have found with biplanes, is that once they are rigged they are quite strong !
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