Archive for May, 2012

The Return of the TigerKitten (15)

It’s time to fire up the air compressor, set up the airbrush, and get some color on this airplane. Depending on the size of the model I am working on I will use either my Paasche airbrush or DeVilbiss automotive touch-up spray gun. The gun covers large areas way faster, but the airbrush wastes less paint during […]

The Return of the TigerKitten (14)

It’s time to attach (hinge) the control surfaces…the rudder, elevator and ailerons. When to do this relative to covering, preparing a base finish, and adding the color coats is always a judgment call. I can’t imagine doing a final installation of the hinges before covering…there’s just too much stuff you can’t get to that way. […]

The Return of the TigerKitten (13)

During one of my last building sessions I got the entire airplane covered and the Polyspan covering heat-tautened uniformly smooth  and tight. During that part of the process of covering and finishing Polyspan is a bit like the popular one step iron-on film coverings. (If we had been using a traditional covering material like silkspan, tissue, or […]

The Return of the TigerKitten (12)

Get yer pants on!  The TigerKitten as presented in the Premier Balsa kit uses wheel pants derived from the original molds I made over twenty years ago. For a time I was offering molded fiberglass pants for sale on line, but those are no longer available. The Premier short kit includes vacuum formed moded plastic […]

The Return of the TigerKitten (11)

FOR DIRECT ACCESS TO ALL OF MY BLOG ENTRIES ON THIS (OR ANY OTHER) PROJECT, GO TO THE ARCHIVES TAB PARTWAY DOWN MY HOME PAGE AND CLICK THE APPROPRIATE SUBJECT UNDER CATEGORIES. When do we get to the good part?  For me that’s a hard call, because they’re all the good parts. Covering, however, is […]

The Return of the TigerKitten (10)

FOR DIRECT ACCESS TO ALL OF MY BLOG ENTRIES ON THIS (OR ANY OTHER) PROJECT, GO TO THE ARCHIVES TAB PARTWAY DOWN MY HOME PAGE AND CLICK THE APPROPRIATE SUBJECT UNDER CATEGORIES.   There are a couple more jobs waiting to be done before we can move on to putting some covering on this airplane, and I […]