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Old Sep 28, 2012, 08:09 PM
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Sounds like you folks are enjoying this almost as much as I am.

Sanding
Okay time to make this ugly pink box pretty. First I sanded the top & bottom even...



I printed up another set of templates, this time for the top-down profile...



Sanded to the lines...



Then the magic starts, time to round things off...



Remove just a little material at a time, eyeball, then repeat...



Test fitting the tail feathers...



Tail Wheel
I needed a solid area to mount the tail wheel so I notched out a spot for a piece of scrap hardwood...



Glued the block in place...



Shaped the block then test fit the wheel assembly...



Paint
This being my first attempt at foam construction I'm not sure exactly how best to finish her. I could glass the whole thing. I've heard about gluing strips of brown paper on there. I've also heard that its possible to use spray paint directly on the foam but there's always that worry the paint will turn all my hard work into a pile of goo. I said screw it, lets go with paint so I masked off certain areas & prepared to take the plunge...



After testing a can of Rustoleum primer on some scrap foam I was confident enough to lay down a first coat...



From what I've read, you can get away with spray painting foam as long as you apply just a dusting at a time. Everything was going great until I ran out of primer. So that's a wrap for today. Pretty pleased with how she's looking.
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