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#45238 11-07-2012 GMT-5 hours    
Hello All:

Today I purchased from a local hobby shop a Zvezda 767-300, when I began to detach the excess parts to the fuselage and put them together ( dry fit )I noticed that these two pieces were warped. Is there anyway to work with this model despite this, or would anyone know who I could contact to get two non-warped fuselage pieces?




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#45239 11-07-2012 GMT-5 hours    
Try immersing the warped half in *very* warm (not boiling!!) water and gently nudge it back to the correct shape. That's really not a terrible warp (believe me, I've seen worse). If you glue some small tabs of sheet styrene inside the join and go slowly, you should be able to get it to stay in position. Use lots of tape to hold it. You may still need some extra sanding or filling, but it looks fixable.

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#45242 11-07-2012 GMT-5 hours    
Agreed. I'm working on one right now and it had a pretty interesting warp in the lower wing section, but some careful gluing and very gentle persuasion set it right. The Zvezda plastic is just pliable enough for you to be able to persuade it, especially if you heat it in warm water. Careful gluing will take care of the rest, and finish sanding should take out any last high spots. I think you'll be able to salvage that one.

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#45243 11-07-2012 GMT-5 hours    
Thanks for the input guys, I appreciate it. Where is a good place to go about doing this? Kitchen sink? etc..

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#45251 11-08-2012 GMT-5 hours    
Another way is to use aluminium or plastic strip/bar next to the upper seam for straightening. You will propably need to cut it to length of 9" (22 cm) or so. Sand the area where the strip/bar is going to be intalled with coarse sand paper (grit between 180 and 360).

Place the strip/bar, and add pegs (you may need them between 10-15 per fuselage side) to keep the strip/bar in place and to force fuselage against it. This should straighten the seam.

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Cross-section of the fuselage:





Check the seam. When you are satisfied with the effect, add plenty of thin superglue. Capillary action pulls glue between strip and fuselage. Remove pegs after superglue has cured.

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Juha

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#45254 11-08-2012 GMT-5 hours    
My Zvezda 787 thought he was Willy the Orca! But it could be easily fixed with hot water as described above!

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