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Old 10-02-2016, 10:32 AM   #161
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Fuse is sheeted, final sanding underway, and this afternoon, I'll start glassing.
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Old 10-02-2016, 01:53 PM   #162
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Fuse is glassed, and set aside to dry. I need to acquire more cloth, so I can finish the tail feathers! Meanwhile, over to the T-34 Turbo Mentor!
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Looks great, Dave! What weight of cloth do you use?

Marc's T-34 is coming along nicely too!
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Old 10-02-2016, 06:41 PM   #164
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3/4 oz cloth for the fuse, 1/2 oz for the tail feathers. Mighty Small Cars, if they don't have any in stock, can order it in for me. Maritime Hobbies might have some as well.
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Cool.

I was curious mainly for my own building. I have a project or two for the winter that will be fully sheeted, and I figured I'd go with fiberglass & paint rather than iron-on film.
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Old 10-03-2016, 06:00 AM   #166
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3/4 oz will work for most applications, I've used 1/2 oz over 1/16th sheeting, and it does little to strengthen things, for all the top flite warbirds that use 1/16th sheeting for the wings, I've swapped out for 3/32, then the 1/2 oz, and it's been a great combination of weight vs strength/ding resistance. The ratings are per square yard, so the difference between 3/4 an 1/2 is not even worth considering, the 3/4 oz is usually cheaper, and a lot more readily avail here in NS.
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I've noticed that with the 1/2oz, in rocketry applications as well. Had a phenolic airframe that I'd wrapped in that, break on a nominal landing.
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One half of one Elevator covered! Rib-stitching and trim tab detailing to go!
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Both elevators and rudder are now covered in fabric, as well as the trim tabs. Lots of little detail work to do on them yet though. Fuse is fully glassed, top half is sanded, filled, and primed. Should have the entire fuse primed by the weekend, then it's time to start all the detail work. Hatches, bumps, blisters, a ton of raised rivets, and round-head screws. Seems they weren't too concerned about all that drag! Sure makes for lots to look at though!
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Re: Jerry Bates F4F Wildcat

Wow! Way more detail than I had hoped for. She's gonna look fantastic. Heck, she's looking pretty good already!

The Wildcat is about as streamlined as a Bumble Bee! But to paraphrase Han Solo, "She's got it where it counts" - namely toughness. That, plus training & tactics allowed an "inferior" aircraft to hold the line against the IJN.
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