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Posted by torquenut | Mar 18, 2014 @ 09:12 AM | 3,461 Views
You can see my first attempt at fiberglassing here
Posted by torquenut | Feb 16, 2014 @ 07:02 PM | 6,312 Views
I figured I would start a blog to document this new adventure.

The project is to take a 1400 mm FMS Zero and 'kick it up a notch' in scale detail. The plane has been reported to be an excellent flyer (there is a large thread here) and I have been reading how others have increased the scale appearance in foam warbirds in not only that thread but also by Tom Hunt (his blog).

I spent last winter building a balsa kit and learning how to apply heat shrink covering to get a pretty decent appearance (see photos), and now I want to try doing the same with foam. I also wanted a warbird with retracts and flaps, it had to be electric, and as large as possible. At the time i purchased this kit, 1400mm was the largest foam birds came in.

I spent the weekend temporarily putting this plane together, making notes and determining what I want to do to improve it.

1) A standard foam finish is not going to do for this bird, so I will fiberglass it either with epoxy or WBPU (Water Based Polyurethane).
2) The threads say the motor mount needs re-inforcing, so that is on the list
3) The servos on the bottom of the wing need hiding. Some have just fiberglassed over them with the assumption that if they had to service it they would just cut them out. I'm not sure if I will do that or create nice hatches for them.
4) Replace the retracts with more reliable units
5) Oh, get rid of those gastly panel lines. If you scaled up those panel lines they would probably be 3" wide. I'...Continue Reading