Tips for a Model Aircraft
Some items on a model aircraft are always attention getters. The
overall finish, cockpits, and a few other items get closely scrutinized.
Wing tips are one of these aesthetic focal points. Sandpaper, elbow
grease and time will pay off in your model's overall appearance.
Wing Tips are
usually not critical components, but there are some things that you should
pay attention to while making them.
They should be as close to the same
shape as possible. I normally stack the tips to cut the outlines which
gets me started in the right direction. Each tip must be shaped
independently, however. Making a few templates isn't a bad idea.
thing I've noticed is that I tend to get into a "zone" when working on items
like this. I like to do matched sets at the same time so that whatever
I did to the first part is still fresh in my mind when working on the
Watch out for weight! Solid block tips can increase the
weight of a wing dramatically. In fact, the blocks I used for these
tips weighed over half the weight of the rest of the wing after the outline
was cut, but before further shaping was done. By the time the tips
were finished, the weight dropped significantly.
Using blocks in your
model isn't heavy. Using heavy blocks and not hollowing blocks is
heavy. Always hollow blocks.
What may not be obvious is that I spent
more time working on these tips than any other part of the wing. In
fact, I probably spent as much time on the tips as the rest of the wing
combined or at least close to it.