Frequently Asked Questions
What is the construction method to assemble the model?
Generally, the assembly process first involves adding a few wood structures to the EPP foam to give the airframe stiffness (a wing spar, retract mounts, firewall, tail attachment and reinforcements for example). Radio gear, engine, retracts and other gear can then be installed/fitted. Then the foam airframe parts are systematically covered with individual skins that are adhesively attached to the foam. The skins have reference marks to guide final trimming (the skins are .010”-.020”, so cutting is easily done with scissors or xacto. Once the airframe is skinned the fun part starts – add what ever details interest you such as functional gear doors and hatches, navigation lights, antennas, etc. Prepping for paint is just a quick rub down with a scotch brite pad. A detailed instruction manual with lots of pictures will guide you through these assembly steps.
Just how quick are your quick-build kits?
To assemble the T-34C kit you can expect to have it ready for paint in less than 100 hours. The amount of time involved varies depending on how many scale functions (gear doors, operating hatches, etc.) the modeler chooses to undertake. The fact that the airframe is pre-shaped and the skins are molded with surface details helps produce a scale model in much less time than building from scratch or plans.
What kind of paint will work with polycarbonate skins?
We have tested several types of paint and have found that most common R/C model paints will work just fine. The key is to lightly scuff the skin with a scotch brite pad then use a primer that works with the chosen color paint being applied. With a prepped surface, most latex and polyurethane paints have no problems adhering to the skins and also provide a paint solution that is capable of flexing. A hard, two-part epoxy paint would probably not be the best choice for this type of model construction. Our blue T-34C display model was painted with Warbird Colors primer and paint.
How can I repair crash damage?
Depending on the severity of the crash you have several options. For minor surface damage, a scraped wing tip for example, you can cut away the damaged skin and order a replacement wing tip from us (something you can’t do with expensive composite kits). For more serious crashes where some foam damage occurs it is possible to delaminate the skins from the foam with about 10 lbs. of pull force. This provides access to repair the foam (using Goop or Zap-A-Gap glues provides a strong repair joint). The foam repair doesn’t have to be pretty as a fresh skin will cover up the repair – this saves you time. The damaged skin can either be partially cut away, removed then the foam area can be covered with an overlapping piece of scrap polycarbonate (add rivets for a scale looking repair job) or removed entirely and replaced with a new skin available from us.
What Scale options are available for the T-34C?
Soon after the release of the kit in July we will be providing the following scale options:
Dual cockpit kit: Price TBD
Bust and full pilots figures– cast resin pilots with flight helmets/visors – est. price $135
Retractable tricycle gear – scale functioning with scale details such as truss braced main struts and curved nose fork - est. price $650
Paint Masks and dry transfer stencils will be offered by Getstencils.com
What engines are recommended?
Gasoline and glo fuels will not harm the foam or skins so either option will work. A 2C glo, like the Moki 2.1(5hp), would fit completely inside the cowl. Depending on the gas engine used (50 cc recommended), a cowl opening may be needed for the cylinder head. We are currently developing an in-cowl muffler for the Revolution 50 and DA-50. We did not design the model for a turbo prop engine, nor have we tried it, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.