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Posted by JerryV on Saturday, June 29th 2019:

In Reply to: Model airplane dope posted by Happy on Friday, June 28th 2019:

Wikipedia says, "Aircraft dope is a plasticised lacquer that is applied to fabric-covered aircraft (both full-size and flying models[1]). It tightens and stiffens fabric stretched over airframes, which renders them airtight and weatherproof.[2]

Typical doping agents include nitrocellulose, cellulose acetate and cellulose acetate butyrate. Liquid dopes are highly flammable; nitrocellulose, for instance, is also known as the explosive propellant "guncotton"

I also did both kinds of models. During WWII they were mostly military fighters and bombers. For the flying models, I did them on our dining table, first laying down newspaper or cardboard as a base. When the cement was used to glue struts together over a paper plan, you had to use straight pins to hold the struts in place while the glue dried. My major problem was my mother, who insisted on having me taking all of this off stuff off the table so she could set it for dinner. The noive of her!

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