Volume 1


After laying out many scale modeler’s basic building techniques in his earlier videos, Dave Platt moves into more specialized areas.

By deliberately choosing the most complicated and challenging subject he could think of, Dave expected, and encountered, difficult problems and shows us how to meet them head-on.

With a list of hitherto unrevealed methods , and a willingness to try something else when the first plan falls short , we learn that anything can be achieved by going about it with care and enthusiasm.

Dave Platt’s response to the challenge posed by the Toledo Weak Signals provides fresh and fertile ground galore. The Advanced Building Techniques series chronicles a large number of new aspects of scale modeling, including :

'Techniques' with great tips in the following order.

  • Toledo Show Challenge
  • We pick a subject
  • We visit a real Kingfisher
  • Accessing a museum airplane
  • Checking out 3-views
  • Measuring, sketches & photos
  • Gathering all the information
  • Body with no bulkheads
  • The 3-view and size
  • Lofting the float
  • Shaping and sheeting the float

  • Covering with heavy cloth
  • Fiberglass sources
  • Float lifting capacity
  • Starting the wing
  • Wing fittings and hinges
  • Flap and aileron coves
  • Fuel tanks in wings
  • Flaps
  • RTV molds
  • Flaps and ailerons


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