> nearly ready for new paint. My question is about the nose cone. Is there a
> good filler that I can use on balsa that will not appreciably add to the
> weight of the nose cone or break up the symmetry (The dent is on one side)?
First try to restore the dent. Dampen the area and heat the dent with a heat
gun, soldering iron, or whatever. The steam will usually swellthe wood back
to shape. Minor filling and refinishing might be needed, but some of the
damage may be reversable.
BTW, did the fin break, or did it crack along the grain. It seems common for
beginners to get the graint he wrong way, or to attach the wrong fin edge to
the tube. I've seen many a ertha with the root and leading edges reversed.
The rear square fins on the Phoenix seem to always ge put on wrong, thus
break on every flight.
Bob Kaplow NAR # 18L TRA # "Ctrl-Alt-Del"
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