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#1 Fiasco Jan 17, 2004 04:18 AM

glassing GWS planes?
Has anyone fiberglassed part or all of a GWS plane and how did it turn out?

#2 USSfishkiller Jan 17, 2004 02:41 PM

Im in the process of it. When its finished Ill let you know how it goes. BTW, im using hangar 9 1/2oz cloth and minwax polycrylic per someones tutorial on here

#3 beanie Jan 17, 2004 08:58 PM

hey guys!
i just finished glassing my first gws plane (formosa). i used 0.75oz glass cloth because it was cheaper and i sealed with water based polyurethane (minwax). i was surprised at how easy it was to do. my weight increased 1.6oz... but i hear that it is very experience dependent (i've read that j morgan adds only 0.5oz!). the finish looks great compared to the original foam. my airbrushing added another 0.4oz.
hope that helps

#4 USSfishkiller Jan 17, 2004 10:43 PM


#5 beanie Jan 17, 2004 11:15 PM

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ok, here are some pics. please be kind... this is my first attempt at fiberglassing as well as at airbrushing:)

#6 beanie Jan 17, 2004 11:16 PM

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the black line aft of the cockpit in the yellow area is the antenna.
here is a shot of the underside:

#7 Fiasco Jan 18, 2004 12:16 AM

How does the plane 'feel' now as far as durability when you handle it?

#8 beanie Jan 18, 2004 12:49 AM

definitely a lot stiffer than stock. more ding resistant as well. i've had a couple rough landings that i think woulda have broken one of the tail feathers and tip of a wing if i had not glassed it. she seemed to do ok after such landings.

#9 Fiasco Jan 18, 2004 01:01 AM

whats the diff between .5 and .75 fiberglass cloth?

#10 beanie Jan 18, 2004 01:05 AM

for me, i found the 0.75oz a tad cheaper and a bit easier to work with. the fiberglass tends to get caught on sharp edges (including rough skin on the finger). the 0.75oz seemed to handle this better. i have read on other posts that people seemed to use either one, so i just chose the cheaper one. however, since i did add on 2 oz, i may give the 0.5oz a try in the future to help minimize weight gain.

#11 Fiasco Jan 18, 2004 01:25 AM

Now I have to find that perfect paint scheme. I was looking at some of the green hearts camo profiles.

#12 Fiasco Jan 18, 2004 09:45 PM

This is my first attempt and this but it seems to have turned out really well. I'm trying to follow along with J Morgans helpfull thread on finishing planes.

Here is my glassed wing untrimmed



I used .5 fiberglass. It wasn't to difficult to work with. I could probalby do a much better job next time around but I'm happy with how it is turning out so far.

#13 Fiasco Jan 18, 2004 09:51 PM

I've narrowed the camo pattern down to these four finalists.

von-Hahn JG3

Graf JG50

Rohwer JG3

Trautloft JG54

#14 beanie Jan 18, 2004 10:11 PM

fiasco, lookin' good. so, did you end up with the 0.5 or 0.75oz fiberglass?

#15 Fiasco Jan 18, 2004 10:27 PM

I used .5 That stuff is pretty expensive! I grabbed some .75 and I'm going to try it out on the slope glider spit I ordered w/ the 109.

Still can't pick between those four camo patterns.

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