Pictured below is some of the progress:
- Completed the V-tails, color bars and ready to reinstall. They look fantastic.
- Completed the color bars on the wingtips. Not bad either.
- Bailed out on trying to somehow fix the huge crack in the canopy. *Ugh.
- Fuselage primed, wet sanded, first gloss coat applied and wet sanded, final coat completed. Is good!
* I did a significant amount of looking for a suitable replacement canopy, but no real success. Ultimately pulling a new one (heat & droop approach?) will be the solution. Short-term I decided to abandon repair and simply epoxy the two halves together with 3 ounce S-glass. Once the entire canopy was rigid, I filled the gaps with epoxy and micro-balloons, then filled and primed. The contour is correct, so just a bit more filling is needed. My plan is to paint the entire canopy sky blue. Ultimately it will provide the form to make a new clear canopy. For the `09 flying season it will be okay, but not great.
One of the crew behind RCAerotowing.com Sailplane and e-power review writer for Fly RC Magazine. Long-time TD and DLG sailplane flyer. Also known to associate with Chesapeake and CVR PCA members -- Teutonic steel is good!
Norwalk, CT aka the Nutmeg State -- I just can't seem to find any %$#@! nutmeg here?
Scale sailplanes, DLG, F5D/F5B & e-power. Jim Ryan and Tom Jacoby stick-built model kits. WWII warbirds and "Golden Age of Flight" aircraft
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