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Old 08-03-2003, 08:50 PM
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Thanks Mark can't wait to test it! Ted, this was how I thought it was done but it seems there are many ways to do it, I'll try some different ways and see what works best for me.
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Old 08-15-2003, 06:43 PM
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I figure I would post some pics of what I have so far, I need to do my wings and tail feathers before I do anymore on the plug. My two hatches are already covered in cloth.
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Old 08-18-2003, 02:27 PM
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Old 08-18-2003, 02:42 PM
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Originally posted by Mike James

Automotive primers are great, but you can use something like "Pactra Prep" early in the game. At the end, just prior to making plugs, is where I'd spend the money on the best lacquer-based primer I could afford... something that dries as hard as possible. ("Duratec" for example)
Hey mike, I just looked at the duratec web site and all their stuff seems to be vinyl ester or polyester based. Isn't that risky on a foam plug? Or am I not seeing a laquer based product of theirs?
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Old 08-18-2003, 10:45 PM
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Corey,

Yeah, man. The plugs are looking good! Are you pretty close to making molds?


JohnG,

You're right. I'd only use the Duratec at the end, which means it would be going over either epoxy or polyester. (no exposed foam)
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Damn! That looks awesome! How did you make that plug? I am going to start a SuperHornet about that same size. What did you use as a reference?
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THat does look sweet. I'm about to fly a 1/10 scale hornet myself...been saying that for the better part of a year...

One way to keep the hatches and the rest of the fuse plug "matched" while you finish the glassing, would be to add the same layers of glass to the hatch plugs that you do to the main plug. THen the buildup thicknesses would be the same and the edges should sand to match.
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Looking good! Is that a Toki .18 or the OS unit?

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Thanks guys, I need my wings and tail feathers before I can finish the fuse plug, I can't seen to find the time to order the cores...I will soon. Do you guys know of a good place to get the cores? Ted, it is the Toki .18. I modifyied a set of plans I had to build the hornet.
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Just a suggestion as I haven't used them:

www.flyingfoam.com
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I've recently used flyingfoam, a guy in California, and I am very happy with the quality of his work. He supplied me with cores for a wing, V-tail, and H-tail. No templates required!!! I will use him again in the future.
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I actually sent flyingfoam the compufoil files of what I wanted him to do but his newer version of compufoil could not open my older version files. I guess some time this week I'll just give him a call and give him the details over the foam.
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Sorry...Thats PHONE not foam
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Hey corey_RCU

I wanted to know where you got your plans for the F-18? Your outline looks very good, I'm assuming you use some CAD package to do the design. Could you share with me what you used as your basis for the plane.

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I ordered a set of plans from a JET mag and re-sized it and modifyied it to my satisfaction.
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Old 11-06-2003, 09:32 PM
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I will be posting pics soon in this thread. I've been working on a hornet plug created from pink foam 48" long from my own AutoCad drawings...I generated the drawings from an McDonnell Douglas three view drawing. A scale f-18! [&:]

Corey, your's looks awesome, though the front side fairings look very delicate....compliments!
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Thank you, it is delicate right now because I have yey to add the wing "stubs" to it for more bulk, I'll post pics to show what I mean. I actually just got my laser cut wing temps so I will continue construction soon.
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All,

I've got just a little question about this technique : do you reach a perfect smoothed surface with the foam / wood formers before applying clothe/epoxy ?

I've already tried this, but I was obliged to apply some kind of drywall filler right before ... Although I find Corey's work quite good, I looked closely at his mold, and it seems to me there are still some remaining scratches and dents. Corey, how will u get rid of them ?
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