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Old Mar 23, 2006, 12:07 PM
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Amazing that after all the planes that have come around, and all the pitcherons/wingerons, you can still come up with something that looks TOTALLY ORIGINAL!! WOW IS RIGHT!
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Old Mar 23, 2006, 07:39 PM
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Looking sweet!!!! Once you have the mold-- how long before we get some fuse's??? I'll stretch my wing to 50" so I can see the little thing--- keep up the good work!!!
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Old Mar 23, 2006, 07:53 PM
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Does anybody know if this clay will work for sealing the gap between the plug and the parting tray? I figured that since Tap was selling it in the mold section, it could be the right stuff.

-hutch
I've used it and it's great. Peel off a little at a time and roll it out long and thin. Stuff it into the gap and yer good to go!

I'm with the crowd, Hutch - you've got your hook in a real beauty, there.
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Old Mar 23, 2006, 10:10 PM
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Put me on the list for a fuse that pretty, good luck, your off to a good start
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Old Apr 01, 2006, 02:58 AM
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Looking sweet!!!! Once you have the mold-- how long before we get some fuse's??? I'll stretch my wing to 50" so I can see the little thing--- keep up the good work!!!
Timmig
50" sounds like a good size...maybe I'll draw up some "old eyes" wings.

Maybe we can work out some sort of Sushi meets Mig thing at Los Banos this year if you are going to be there.
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Old Apr 01, 2006, 03:14 AM
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I missed out Brian's Ultron. I'm intrested in this fuse. It's looking great. I want mine with Salmon or Octopus..

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Old Apr 01, 2006, 03:20 AM
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The Canopy...redux

So I have been thinking about the canopy again. The other night I started laying some masking tape down to figure out the lines. Since it's hard to pull off something symmetrical when you can't see both sides at the same time I kept the side I liked on and rubbed some tin foil over the plug. This transferred the tape line to the foil. So my next move was to scan the foil transfer so I had a picture to insert into my cad file. Using the foil scan I was able to trace the line and mirror it in cad. Bingo I had a full size template to use now to get the lines on both sides of the fuse.

Well paper doesn't confirm to the compound curves very well so it was back to the foil. After about an hour of getting the foil template centered on the plug I ran some new tape around the edge of the foil. Ta Daa I pulled the foil off and now I have a very symmetrical canopy line.

I just have to figure out what to do with it now. I have decided that I am going to mold the fuse , and then make a separate canopy mold.

Does anyone know if I just score the plug with a razor blade if it will show up in the mold as a visible line? My other thought was to spray some clear paint over the masking tape to seal it and mold right over that. I would hate to ruin a mold because of some freekin masking tape though.

Enough talk for now... here are some pics.

By the way I just want to thank you all for the kudos. These suckers are a lot of work, but it's a lot of fun too. I was thinking the other day how I could have probably made three of four lost foam fuses by now, but heck it's STILL raining, so I might as well have some fun with this.

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Old Apr 01, 2006, 03:22 AM
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Got my parting board cut out too. Fits pretty good. I need to attach some more supports underneath for the clay platforms. The point of no return is rapidly approaching!
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Old Apr 01, 2006, 03:35 AM
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I think scoring the outline of the canopy would be a good idea. It'll show up on the mold.

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Old Apr 01, 2006, 10:49 AM
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HUTCH,
I am no expert on molding so my advice here might not be worth much, but its something to think about.
When I made the Pica mold, before I made the fuse mold I made the hatch mold.
I just waxed and PVAed the plug in the area where the hatch would be. Then I layed up several layers of glass epoxy over it, and removed it when it cured. Then I used that as my hatch mold. I layed up a couple light weight hatches and messed around with trimming them to see how I wanted the hatch to be.
Then on my fuse mold I cut out the opening where the hatch would be and glued a thin piece of material all around inside the hatch opeing so when a fuse gets molded there is a recessed area for the hatch to sit in.....

Sounds kinda complicated but it really isnt....

Your project is looking really good, by the way....

TIM
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Old Apr 01, 2006, 12:34 PM
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I second Tim's vote, that is the way I mold hatches. The score line wll easily show up in both molds
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Old Apr 01, 2006, 08:30 PM
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Well it looks like the jury has spoken. After a few deep breaths I went to it. I waxed the fuse a few more times, and covered the front half of the fuse in PVA. While I let that dry I cut out my fiberglass. Then I glassed up the hatch area. So far so good. It was actually a good warm up for the main event, I am glad that I did this part first(so far at least). I'll let this cure overnight and pop it off sometime tomorrow.

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Old Apr 01, 2006, 08:32 PM
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Great work Hutch- what did you scribe the canopy line with?
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Old Apr 01, 2006, 11:16 PM
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Great work Hutch- what did you scribe the canopy line with?
I just traced along the masked lines with a fresh exacto. Then I peeled the tape off. It left enough of a ridge that it should show up in the mold.
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Old Apr 02, 2006, 06:04 AM
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Looks great, the anticipation builds!
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