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Painting all the separate pieces of a model plane used to be the norm. Now, one can glue a fiberglass-based material called Monokote along edge surfaces and then use a hot blower device similar to a hair dryer to shrink and melt the material onto the balsa wood.

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THE ART OF TAKING FLIGHT

When Dick Campbell was a boy, model airplanes were powered with wound up rubber bands, and their parts had to be cut with a razor blade.

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