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Old 05-15-2018, 08:42 AM
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Advice given so far is great. I use PVC pipe for larger tubes, wood dowel, bamboo skewers, Tig Welding rod, and have an extensive collection of various diameter carbon fiber tubes and rods.

Once I have the tube rolled, I always wrap it with rubber bands. You can cut one band, use it in a spiral wound around the tube and then tuck the loose end under the last wrap. Doing it this way it holds the tube in a smaller shape than when it is released-it springs open and makes the gluing easy.

Since most of my models are big, use a piece of square wood dowel to glue with. The dowel (can be round or use PVC pipe as well for really big projects) is used to make a "bridge" between the table top and a chair arm. every few inches along the length of the dowel I use double sided tape wrapped around the dowel to hold the paper. Now all you have to do is apply glue, grab the loose end not taped down and use pressure against the dowel to finish making the tube.

It is very important to keep the smaller diameter of the rolled tube as long as possible so that the paper remembers it is now a rolled tube. That is why I use the rubber bands to hold it.

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Old 05-15-2018, 11:31 AM
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rolling tubes

When rolling the paper, applying it gently on a tube, onto a table, I use a tube of smaller diameter to curve the joining edges. You can also roll a sheet of thin paper around the printed sheet to roll both together, this way, the outer edge is secured and takes the shape in a even way as it rolls, with the help of the pressure of the fingers.
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Old 05-15-2018, 04:14 PM
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Hi Blackarrow
I attached a link to show my technique for rolling long tubes
Hope you find it helpful.
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Old 05-15-2018, 05:24 PM
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All of the above tips will help,I'll add only one:

Some say paper doesn't have a grain.I found that every kind and thickness of paper has a grain or strands or whatever you want to call it.paper sheet will "prefer" to roll one way more than the other way.It might not be noticeable with larger tubes but smaller ones definitely will.

If you are printing model rearrange part on page the other way or have someone do it for you.If you work with manufacturer printed model all of the above tips will work with practice.Personally I don't like to make fuselage rings join like you show on pictures but that's because of limitations of glues I work with.
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Old 05-17-2018, 04:08 AM
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I have got here a lot of great advice. Thank you all, I hope I will grab some time and try my best to roll perfect tubes out of paper.
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