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Old Apr 11, 2006, 03:50 PM
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Congrats, Dude!

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Old Apr 11, 2006, 03:58 PM
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Thanks Target!

I just noticed in the pic that I must have bumped over my half full bottle of CA in my excitement. Good thing I left her up on blocks when I went back to work.
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 05:35 PM
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I did feel like kind of a sissy drinking beer out of a straw, but is is really important to make sure you drink plenty of fluids while building. Keeps the creative juices from drying up.

-hutch
Just make sure you don't accidentally put a straw in the cup of resin. Things tend to get confused late at night with all those fumes...
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Old Apr 11, 2006, 06:51 PM
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Looking very nice Hutch!!!!
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Old Apr 15, 2006, 03:58 AM
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In preparation for tomorrows Big Day #2 I waxed the heck out of the plug and flange again and again. I got to make worms again too. I figured I needed some sort of barrier to prevent the first epoxy coat from going all willy nilly all over the place before it tacked up. So I made a worm wall to help keep all of the epoxy in it's place.

I also got the canopy mold all waxed and pva'd and proceeded to lay up my first ever Sushi canopy. We'll see how that came out tomorrow.

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Old Apr 16, 2006, 02:20 AM
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Wooo hoo! The molding of the mold is done! It went much easier on the second half, knowing how the cloth would conform to the plug, and not having to deal with the deck cloth fiasco! I guess it is almost time to go pick up some bolts and wing nuts from the hardware store!

So in a few days we will all find out if the two halves will separate, and then if the plug will also separate from the mold. I know I am crossing my fingers.

As far as the canopy, it came out of the mold perfectly, and after trimming everything up it's definitely purdy! It is stiff when you squeeze it, but when you twist the canopy it feels pretty flexible. I used one layer of .75 cloth against the mold and two layers of 6 oz on top of that. With weight being an issue, do you think that is pretty standard?

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Old Apr 16, 2006, 10:40 AM
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Cool, Dude!
Happy Easter.

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Re the canopy-
That woulda been a place to use carbon, I think. For looks, if not structure.
Did you lay the heavy cloth on a bias, or just 0-90??
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Old Apr 16, 2006, 11:35 AM
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Good Job Hutch.

I think your hatch layup is OK.
I make the Pica hatches out of carbon because I think it looks good.
Sushi would look good with that too.

keep up the good work

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Old Apr 16, 2006, 11:39 AM
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Don't worry about the bendy canopy, Hutch. It'll work great with that layup. I know everyone loves to look at carbon but this ain't a motorcycle muffler!

Seriously, though, very inspirational work on that mold. Verrrrrrrry inspirational!
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Old Apr 16, 2006, 03:35 PM
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Happy Easter!

Oh man, I forgot about laying that up on a bias, I probably could have picked some stiffness there. I didn't use the carbon though because I figured I'd be painting everything. I'll try a carbon one just for kicks while I'm waiting to pop the fuselage mold. Glad I could provide some inspration here!!

I really like Easter much better back in school when we got that travel day the monday after!

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Old Apr 17, 2006, 11:34 PM
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Houston, this is Sushi...we have a clean separation.

There were a few times when I got a little worried, but once I realized that it wasn't going to just pop off like a bottle top I got her separated. Ya just work nice and slow around the perimeter and eventually you hear that satisfying sound of the separation!

For my first run at this mold business, I am friggin stoked! There is one spot in the stinger that a layer of the primer stayed behind. With a little work I might be able to peel that away. The edges where the halves meet are pretty sharp, and I shouldn't have to do an unreasonable amount of work on the seam when the fuse is finished. (as far as I know...but what do I know?!!) I'm going to give the molds another cleaning since there is still some PVA residue that I missed. The plug survived the extraction process as well! So I could do it all over again if I wanted!! HA!!!!! Not for a while at least...a long while!

And for you carbon fetish folks, I made a carbon canopy just for you!

So now I have to cut out the flange where the canopy is so I can get access to the inside of the mold, and start thinking about what my fuse layup will be!

Thank you for all of your help getting me this far guys, I appreciate it!

-hutch!
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Old Apr 17, 2006, 11:41 PM
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!!!! Rockin' the Free World! Great stuff, Hutch.
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Old Apr 18, 2006, 12:02 AM
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Great Job Hutch.

We all knew you could do it......

looking forward to the seeing the first fuse out of the mold and of course
the first competed Sushi

TIM
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Old Apr 18, 2006, 12:05 AM
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That looks so "expletive" great!!!
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Old Apr 18, 2006, 12:09 AM
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A beautiful job there Hutch.
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