Re: Fuselage trimming


After much delay, I was able to make it out to work on the Q. I was able to
determine that I needed to "cut away" the tape line.

Thanks everyone for inputs!

Neal Andersen

P.S. Congrats on your first flight Sanjay. I hope to follow in a few years!

From: Neal Andersen <n200qt@...>
To: Q-LIST@...
Sent: Sat, May 28, 2011 10:30:38 AM
Subject: Re: [Q-LIST] Re: Fuselage trimming


Thanks for the tips. I'll get some new blades and let you know how it goes.


From: "oneskydog@..." <oneskydog@...>
To: Q-LIST@...
Sent: Sat, May 28, 2011 7:49:50 AM
Subject: Re: [Q-LIST] Re: Fuselage trimming


Glass is best cut using a grit edged blade either tungsten carbide or
diamond work well with light feed.
Carbon steel blades designed for metal or wood lose the cutting edge
quickly due to the abrasive nature of glass. The tooth also tends to delaminate
the material next to the cut. Both hacksaw blades and jigsaw blades are
available in grit form that stays sharp and basically sands away the material.
Feeding to fast generates excess heat and can clog the grit with melted

Try and use a backup material to minimize backside fraying.


Charlie Johnson
Ogden, Utah

In a message dated 5/28/2011 6:29:39 A.M. Mountain Daylight Time,
novcom2012@... writes:


I looked in Issue #10. There is a SHORT paragraph on Fuselage Trimming.
They recommend using a work/trouble light to view the tape edges and mark
it with a soft lead pencil.
They don't say with side of the tape to cut on.
They recommend using a handheld hacksaw blade to cut with. Warning that a
jigsaw will delaminate the sandwitch.
I had no problem with the jigsaw. I used a NEW, fine-toothed metal blade.
Suggest you cut a short distance then inspect VERY CAREFULLY how well it
cut before proceeding.
As with anything, talk to as many people that you can who have already
done it, and then use your best judgement.

I will look in the other issues and see if I see anything else.

Ron Cross

--- In Q-LIST@..., "n200qt@..." <n200qt@...> wrote:

Thanks Sam!

I think I need 'QuickTalk' issue # 10 which is one that I don't
currently have. Ron Cross posted a picture that shows him "trimming the tape

as you suggested. I'll do some more looking and see what I can come up

Thanks for everyone's help!!!


--- In Q-LIST@..., Sam Hoskins <sam.hoskins@> wrote:

It's somewhere in the archives. I think you trim the tape away.

You better verify though. Look in very old QAC newsletters and issues

> On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 10:08 AM, n200qt@ <n200qt@> wrote:

All, I picked up an unstarted Q-200 kit last year and now I've
started to
build. As I read thru the construction plans (and the few
issues I have), I'm having a hard time locating which trim lines to
cut too.
I can clearly see the tape lines that were used in the molds, BUT the
question is do I trim to the top of the tape line or the bottom?
> > Thanks for any inputs!

Neal Andersen


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