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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

See what Mike Ma(y)de me do!

Well, it all started with Adrian B in Cape Town being reluctant to part with a blemished Jart fuselage and then followed by the non appearance of Santa down my chimney in December 2007, so it was decided that there was only one thing left to do! Seeing as the mysteries of composite construction were being unravelled to this newbie via another project I had embarked on (also coutesy of Mike May and the Sungazer event), I decided that, with advice from Mike only being a phone call away, that I would try my hand at this Jart thing. Please, dont expect miracles and hope to see this thing fly before December this year (2008), as I am a slow builder with LOTS of distractions. I checked the other day - I received my plans from Reed in March 2006! (does that tell you something).

By the way, this plane is being built for my flying buddy and neighbour Jacques, who will be assisting along the way.

Here is the progress (or lack of) so far....

Fuselage shaped out of isoboard foam, with first layer of very thin glass cloth added. Dont ask me details such as weight of glass cloth etc because I dont have a clue - I just do what Mike tells me to.....

More to follow in the coming months.


Evan Shaw said...

Hi Glen
Welcome to the Jart world and happy building. I'm looking forward to seeing your peogress. Good Luck.
Just don't waste your time making a moulds etc. Lay the glass over the foam and finish if off nicely and then desolve the foam out with petrol and viola you have a finsihed Jart fuse.

mike may said...

Hey Glen,
Its your first attempt at composite building even if it does not fly(unlikely) its great to see you are learning a new trade
Practice makes perfect. Dont listen to Evan , use thinners, or 100 year old wiskey, petrol is to expensive.

Evan Shaw said...

Hi Glen

Test both thinners and petrol. If you used 2K paints then thinners might affect your paint job. Petrol will not.