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RE: [FOT] hot wire no lbc

To: "'John Herrera'" <>,
Subject: RE: [FOT] hot wire no lbc
From: "Don Carter" <>
Date: Sun, 12 Nov 2006 16:38:08 -0600
Rob: All the advice you've received is good, but pay special attention to
the "it stinks" and "use in a well ventilated area" part. We use a wire
cutter to make mass models of buildings in the early design phase of our
work, and we have been told that some foams give off a cyanide-like gas when
melted.  I try not to inhale while cutting this stuff, just to be safe.

Don W. Carter, AIA
Carter Design Associates
6213 Skyline Dr., Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77057
(713) 529-2288 Telephone
(713) 789-2330 Fax

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf
Of John Herrera
Sent: Sunday, November 12, 2006 11:25 AM
Subject: Re: [FOT] hot wire no lbc

>Rob: I've cut full size aircraft wings with a hot wire. We always used 
>battery charger and the nichrome wire and wood handles Bill mentions. Same 
>thing he is doing with a model only longer and wider. Works the same no 
>matter what size you just need more current. Do it with the garrage door 
> stinks, and don't worry about the smoothness, if you cut slightly

>oversize you can sand it smooth. - Ed

I have seen homebuilders (airplanes, not houses) use an electric train 
transformer for power. You can adjust the hot wire current with the speed 

John H.

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