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Old 11-12-2015, 10:18 AM   #41
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How do you like to glass your models Dave? Weight of cloth and resin brand? Thanks
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Old 11-12-2015, 06:58 PM   #42
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Re: Top Flite Hollywood Zero

Only brand of cloth we can get locally, is hangar 9, in either 1/2 oz or 3/4 oz. I'm using 1/2 oz on the fuse, it's sheeted with 3/32 balsa, and doesn't need strength, more for hangar rash, and a solid base for paint. Wings are sheeted in 1/16th balsa, so using the 3/4 oz cloth. Really happy with their cloth to date. We're using epoxy finishing resin, great to work with, lots of working time. We lay out the cloth, after dusting the aircraft, and a light wipe down with a damp rag. Gently brush out any wrinkles, and cut with a slight overhang all around. Resin is lightly poured over an area, and then using old cigarette pack ends (nice rounded corners, won't hang up on the cloth, free, and disposable),spread the resin. Don't have to smoke, just ask anyone you know to donate the empty packs, then tell them they should quit. Anyways, I let the resin soak in for a bit, always working from wet area to dry. Once it's soaked in a bit, start the process of removing excess resin. It should look dull, but not white. Glossy means to much resin left over, white, means starved of resin, bit more needed. Dull flat appearance, means just right. I do one coat only. Leeann's first attempt on her Cessna 182 was perfect. One coat, minimal sanding required, no filler, and two coats of sprayed on primer, smooth as can be. First coat of primer will show any low spots, pinholes, etc. I fill with glaze and spot putty, Canadian Tire stuff. Once all that is done, we wet sand the primer, 400 - 600 grit. If any spots need a tiny bit of touch up, we do that, another light coat of primer, and wet-sand again, then she's ready for a thorough cleaning with a tack cloth, and paint. Hope that answers all your questions, if not, fire away!
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Old 11-14-2015, 08:54 PM   #43
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Re: Top Flite Hollywood Zero

Thanks Dave, appreciate your guidance, I've done plenty of glassing on models but never an entire model and paint. Mostly just to strengthen certain areas of airframe. But I've got a zeroli Stuka in queue and plan on glassing it entirely.
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I'd love to do the Ziroli Stuka at some point. Forgot to mention, using Z-Poxy, but there's lots out there, and any low viscosity epoxy resin will do the job.
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Old 11-15-2015, 03:10 AM   #45
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That kit sure makes you look like a professional builder.
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Old 11-23-2015, 06:25 PM   #46
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Lots done, all the control surfaces have been built, flaps glassed, wing and fuse are fully glassed. Rudder, elevator and ailerons need to be hinged, then covered with fabric, prior to priming the aircraft. Now, if only I could find the eflite retracts I was sure I had set aside for this project! Once I've got a bit more done, I'll post some pics, and you can see the overall look, compared to the stock Harvard.
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Re: Top Flite Hollywood Zero

Quick shot of the wing, showing the leading edge mods, and rounded wing tips for the zero. In a day or two, I'll assemble the entire aircraft, and get some shots of the whole package.
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I forgot to get pics of the plane together. Top of the wing sanded, couple of coats of primer on, sanded some more, and then did some light filling with glaze and spot putty. Should be able to sand, and one more coat of primer, to finish off the top of the wing.
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:55 AM   #49
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This morning, installed the servo mounting plates, gave everything a light sanding, and first coat of primer. Topsides were sanded, a little bit more filling along the trailing edge. I'll get that sanded, and hopefully, final coat of primer on today. Once the wing is fully primed, plan is to take the Zero to the museum this weekend, where I can set it up beside our Harvard, and mark out panel lines, access panels, etc.
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Painting of the fuse is well underway! With the Japanese Green, she's really starting to look much more like a Zero, and less like an AT-6. Or should I say, much more like a Hollywood Zero!
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