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Old Oct 03, 2012, 09:27 PM
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LOL.. was in jest she's happy.
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Old Oct 09, 2012, 03:59 PM
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My plane is still in the box, waiting for vacation to start it.

for those needing some inspiration get your F/A-18 hornet fix here, some great photos for screen wallpaper

http://www.zone-five.net/showthread.php?t=21
nice shots !!!
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Old Oct 26, 2012, 02:13 PM
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So...

Z-Poxy as instructions say.. except after putting the FB cloth on you then put over an additional layer of polyester. Then when it's nice and dry you peel back the polyester. Result is sanding is much easier. Right?

FB cloth comes in very thin,medium, and thick. I imagine for this you want the thin stuff right? This is my 1st experience with FB. I'll practice on some scrap balsa before I start applying on wings and stuff. I think I got the general concepts down.

Also, I noted way back in the thread to use Hysol for Balsa to fuse areas. A while back the fuse was all fiberglass it seems. Now it appears they're moulded plastic. Glue choice still stands? Tamjets the only place to get that? I saw some comments about mixing FB with epoxy too.

Anyway, I'm finishing up another couple projects but I'm collecting knowledge and material to start this build. I think I still am missing a few points on the best gluing practices.
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Old Oct 26, 2012, 03:11 PM
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Tamjets is where I buy Hysol too. Didn't find it anywhere else. Don't know why, as it is a Locktite product...

I used light (0.75) fiberglass cloth for the rudders and elevators, and heavy (2) for the wings.

The current fuse is made of plastic??? I don't know if that's good or bad...
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Old Oct 26, 2012, 03:19 PM
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Tamjets is where I buy Hysol too. Didn't find it anywhere else. Don't know why, as it is a Locktite product...

I used light (0.75) fiberglass cloth for the rudders and elevators, and heavy (2) for the wings.

The current fuse is made of plastic??? I don't know if that's good or bad...
Yeah, plastic it is.... so that's why I'm a little curious if Hysol is the correct solution still.

I'm thinking of heading back over to the LHS. About how much FB cloth did you require. Is a couple yd^2 enough to do the wings?
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Old Oct 26, 2012, 05:00 PM
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That fuse is still epoxy it is finished a bit which looks plastic but its glass. Hysol will be fine regardless of the material, just make sure you rough up the bonding area and clean it with alcohol first!
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Old Oct 26, 2012, 05:00 PM
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Other Hysol venders
http://dreamworksrc.com/catalog/hysol-glue-p-113.html
http://www.mcmaster.com/#loctite-hysol/=jw60h2

Get the kit with the gun and a few extra long nozzles.

You can also use a good epoxy glue mixed with milled fiberglass if you dont want to get the hysol

Are you sure its plastic? From the outside it may look like that, but inside you should see fiberglass weave

You want finishing resin epoxy for glassing. Zpoxy or West systems work pretty well. You do not want standard epoxy glue.

I used 2 layers of the 3/4 glass on my wings and tail. Everyone has their favorite technique
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Old Oct 26, 2012, 05:04 PM
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Good info. I'll look closer at the fuse. It may indeed be glass but just looked plastic. I have an older FB fuse kit and it's most definitely glass and this one looked a lot more like plastic. Could be I just didn't take a close enough look though.

There is a local store around here that carries Hysol too. An industrial supply outlet.
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Old Oct 26, 2012, 05:05 PM
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Post pics because I want to see this "plastic" That model is designed to handle a turbine, plastic would not cut it!
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Old Oct 26, 2012, 05:54 PM
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The grey fuse does kinda look like plastic from the outside
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Old Oct 26, 2012, 08:18 PM
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Yeah I inspected closer when I got home this evening. It's very plastic appearing but you can see the weave of the FB on the inside. Either way I still need to grab some Hysol.
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Old Oct 27, 2012, 07:40 AM
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Was reading the FB post again.. He used .56 for tail and .56-1.5 for wings. Only 1/2 oz stuff I found was from Hangar 9. The idea is to save weight with lighter and add more strength with heavier right? I'm thinking just using the .75 all around.
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Old Oct 27, 2012, 02:07 PM
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Glass cloth

http://www.cstsales.com/sale.html
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Old Oct 27, 2012, 02:55 PM
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Hey there you go. Good prices per yard. How many yards did you guys use?
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Old Oct 30, 2012, 06:59 AM
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Any reason not to just go with the .6 oz all the way around? Perhaps a reason to go heavier on the wings? I'm thinking heavier cloth is better for moulding or strengthening parts but I'm not guessing the wings need that. But I see some are using heaving cloth there. Does it matter that much? Easier to finish one way or another?

EDIT: I reviewed the instructions actually. They do call for 1.5 oz on the wings.
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