Efficient Glass Work

Filling in some minor gaps on the nosecone of the Subsonex.

Here's a short little tip for making your composite work a little more efficient.

How many times have you started a work session by mixing up some resin, adding flox or micro, and then slathering it on your project to fill depressions, holes, or other blemishes? The next step, of course, was to stand around waiting for it to cure. Sure, you could have gone on to do other things, but like most of us, you probably left the fiberglass work until the very end of your airplane build (I am excusing those who are building all-glass airplanes - they already know all these tricks, and are proud not to have to deal with all of that aluminum dust...) - so you don't have a lot else to work on while waiting for the goop to harden. Continue reading "Efficient Glass Work"

Dissolving Foam

With a winter storm howling outside and rattling the hangar doors, fooling around in the shop seemed far preferable than doing anything with one of our flying airplanes, so I turned to a little project to make an intake duct for our Tundra project. The male mold was carved from laminated slabs of blue insulation foam, then wrapped in 2" wide vinyl electrical bundling tape to give it a smooth, non-porous surface. Then I waxed it with an old can of car paste wax I keep around as a mold release. Continue reading "Dissolving Foam"