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Old 07.05.2009, 23:37
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Do you make balsa wood models here?

After 18 months of being bored, unable to pursue my motorsport here, I finally decided to take up a hobby that I had when I was a schoolboy.

I am making a radio controlled model boat in balsa wood. I am scratch building it from a 30 year old plan that I found in an old model magazine retrieved from my parent's attic. So far, everything has been going well sourcing materials and parts. However, I am unable to find Sanding Sealer or Cellulose Dope here.

I found a 500ml tin of Holz Schutz Grund which I think maybe sanding sealer but I don't know for sure. I can't work out what the usage instructions are in the store with my poor German skills.

Anyone know what sanding sealer and cellulose dope are in German?
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Old 07.05.2009, 23:52
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Re: Do you make balsa wood models here?

I think Sanding Sealer may be called Porenfüller.

I found a product called Graupner Glattfix that is available in Germany. Now I need to find out what paints can be used with it and where to buy it in Zurich.
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Old 08.05.2009, 00:09
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Re: Do you make balsa wood models here?

Hi MoabMan,

Do you have a brand name of the products you know..? Maybe that way we could cross reference it online via a search. Back in my teenage years (many many moons ago) I used to build control line airplanes the largest having a wing span which equalled my arms span. Sometimes I too flirt with the idea of a second childhood...
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Old 08.05.2009, 12:18
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Re: Do you make balsa wood models here?

Thanks. I don't know the brand. I was browsing in Jumbo.

I used to fly control line planes too! I made lots of control line planes at high school. One of the teachers organised a lunchtime club for making them and after school club for flying.

On a recent exploration of my parents attic I found two of my undamaged control line diesel engines (1cc and 1.5cc) and two R/C glow plug engines (.20 and .35).

I crashed my R/C trainer on its first flight in the 80's and I quit the hobby soon after. It was going to prove too expensive to acquire any flying skill and I was saving up for my first car. I am going to make another R/C trainer when I have finished making the boat.

I am currently using RealFlight G4.5 Simulator on my laptop to get some virtual model flying experience. I reckon after I have completed 100 hours or so I will get an electric ready-to-fly 'foamie' that I don't mind destroying. When I think I am ready for something more I will start making another glow plug trainer with 5ch 2.4Ghz radio.
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Re: Do you make balsa wood models here?

Does anyone know of any model making shops in Zurich where one can buy balsa wood?
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Re: Do you make balsa wood models here?

The hardware store run by Migros in Brunau and in Steinhausen (Zugerland) is where I usually buy mine.
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Re: Do you make balsa wood models here?

http://www.rc-fly.ch/index.php?k=199

Spannlack is Dope. Porenfüller is Sanding Sealer.
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