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Mar 14, 2009, 02:19 AM
Dave Massongill
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a6m Zero build for the PSS Fest

Debating between making this into a plug and doing a mold or going with lost foam? I am leaning towards lost foam as I keep finding too many mistakes on this thing. Next time I will be using wood for sure!!! Still have some detail work regardless which way I chose. Boy have I learned alot doing my first scratch built glass plane. I took it over to Doug Blackburns house (Twinboom) and he thinks I should make a plug and mold. What do you guys think? Any interest any a zero??? All observances and criticisms are welcome...and yes I know the fins not square

Got the wings done tonight so I had to take her for a bench flight. she comes in at a 45 inch wingspan.

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Mar 14, 2009, 02:56 AM
just CHUCK it!
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I like it Dave. Could always use another warbird out there. If you decide to mold one I'd like to see it on the bigger side...60"+.

Isn't that blue foam fun?

Mar 14, 2009, 03:04 AM
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sand sand sand ...ooops a ding. FILL. let dry.....SAND SAND SAND ding...repeat. I was warned but of course I knew better

Thanks Dan
(btw, your plane is looking awesome)
Mar 14, 2009, 03:05 AM
Dave Massongill
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Gonna go with this scheme me thinks!
Mar 14, 2009, 04:27 AM
Sane til the lift starts!
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Ugh, I can certainly relate to the frustration of working with a foam plug. I'm doing a Macchi Folgore, 63" WS and I finally said to myself "F*** it, who cares what it looks like! Just fly it!" I got sick of trying to fix all the dings, dents, finger indentations, warps, etc etc etc.
I figure that for a first attempt at mold-making, I'll just chalk it all up to being good practice. I've learned a LOT, and look forward to making my next plug out of wood. Hopefully my camo color scheme will mask most of the surface imperfections.
Mar 14, 2009, 06:20 AM
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I'd be interested in that fuse I'd love to have a 45" Zero. Great looking work Dave.


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Mar 15, 2009, 03:43 AM
Dave Massongill
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Well today I got the wing hinged and touched up the fuse a bit. Ordered some fiberglass to cover the fuse
Mar 20, 2009, 03:37 PM
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Well I took her to the ISR meeting and found out everything that was wrong with it...Thanks TFLG

It was cool to get everyones input at the meeting and then to come back and give it a shot for the first time.

Came home and fixed some of the issues and today I glassed her fast and dirty as Artsloper (Ralph Roberts) would say. This is Ralphs method that he taught me last night. .

1. Tape
2. 77spray
3. Glass
4. 77 spray
5. Glass
6. 77spray
7. Glass
8. Pantyhose twisted tight to hold everything in place. This works awesome!
9. Polyester Resin with a mask and REALLY good ventilation.

Next will be the BONDO marathon after she drys for two days. Blue buggars here we come!

Here are the steps in photos

Last edited by masson74; Mar 20, 2009 at 04:44 PM.
Mar 20, 2009, 05:06 PM
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This looks a little small to be chasing my Dauntless ....

Looks like your diving in and fixing up some of those issues that I saw at the meeting last night.

Good Job Dave

hoping someone will build a Ziroli Zero and come out play with me at the Fest
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Mar 20, 2009, 07:06 PM
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That's great Dave keep moving forward you might surprise yourself.
Mar 21, 2009, 12:17 AM
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Dan I did 4oz and 10oz on the whole thing and one more layer of 4 oz in the front of the wing saddle on the sides. Is this enough or should I do a layer of .75 oz before I bondo to smooth things up or just start bondoing now???

It seems SOOOOO rough right now?

Do I wait 2 days before sanding??


Mar 21, 2009, 05:36 PM
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so I let it dry overnite and sounded out some of the really rough spots and then had to add a little glass here and there where it was a bit thin.

It sure looks like it is going to take a ton of bondo!!!
Mar 21, 2009, 08:59 PM
just CHUCK it!
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Dave, all the stuff Joe and I are doing we used two layers of 9oz and the last thing you waht to do is sand it down to the foam. Bondo can cover up a lot of ugly but has no strength so be carfull.

Take it from one who knows.
Mar 21, 2009, 11:26 PM
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Dave i hope your going to take a mold off that baby.I am watching in anticapation of your end results.Good luck not that you need looking good sofar.Keep up the work.

Mar 21, 2009, 11:37 PM
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Looking good Dave. From what I see you should have your fuse done this time tomorrow night!

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