Scale Aviator International Magazine Issue 3 - Page 14

12 Hinge Points were used, carving each so it would fit into the tubing I glued them with thick CA and pinned each with 1/16th piano wire. See Photo #10 & 11 Finally it’s time to glass! My preferred method for epoxy glassing is to thin the epoxy with denatured alcohol and brush the cloth down with it. Using ¾ oz. glass cloth and Pacer PT40 resin I put one layer of cloth over the entire model and a second layer on the tip of the wings and from the wing saddle forward on the fuse which is where I sanded most of the sheeting away while shaping it. Other than overlaps and seams minimal sanding was done after applying each layer of glass as I wanted to retain as much strength from the cloth as possible. Then a finish coat of epoxy resin was applied to fill the weave of the glass cloth and wet sanded with 320 grit paper. See Photo #12 A light coat of primer was applied to the entire model and wet sanded again with 320 grit paper. This provides a good base for panel lines, rivets and hatches. carried away with Photoshop by enlarging to 80 ½ “ span, printing out 8.5” x 11” sections, laying them out and pasting together one wing surface template at a time. To be honest I made the first one was just because I could. I found it was so handy; the other three surfaces were soon to follow. I opened a small point at each panel intersection, taped the template to the wing and marked each point with a Fine Point Sharpie. It was then a simple matter to connect the dots with the tape. The rest were done using templates I made earlier and the drawings to get them as accurate as possible. Then a full primer coat applied, heavier on the tape. I pull the tape as soon as possible while the primer is still soft. See Photo #13 & 14 Rivets and Dzus fasteners were simulated using rivet tape from RC Products, and white glue thinned and eventually tinted with food coloring to help visibility. I block sanded most of the glue off to flatten them more like the flush rivets on the full scale Jug. The hatches and removable panels are the 3D raised panel set from Jerry Caudle’s Pro-Mark Graphics. Fasteners were simulated by Panel lines were done by applying 1/32 and 1/64 stamping with the appropriate sized brass tubing Chart Pack drafting tape to the airplane, using my in my drill press, backing the sheet of panels with three-view as a guide. For the wings I got a little a block of lead. The drill press was not running of 14