Monday, March 27, 2017

Estes Nike Smoke #7247 Build, Part 12, Fin Gluing TIP

On the left is the fin root edge, looking straight on.

The inset picture shows the fin outside edge looking straight on.

The back corner of the fins are glued on 5/8" up from the back edge of the main air frame tube.

A paper strip was taped around to make sure all four fins were set at the same height.

The fins are glued on a simple 90 degree cruciform.

Tape is set down on the inside of the main tube to keep paint away and off the engine mount tube and engine hook.

TIP: To start, tack on the fins first with very little glue. In the past I've had to remove a fin and re-position it after realizing it was slightly off. If your first glue bond is light it's easier to remove it and re-glue the fin.

Fillet once with wood glue then fillet again with Titebond Molding and Trim Glue.

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