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Peter Fitness01/04/2009 23:24:59
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Barry, it's looking good. Are you using balsa planks, as in the original article? If so, what thickness are they?
 
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Barry Foote02/04/2009 08:27:57
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Yabbie1,
Thanks for that. It is nervewracking, having the original builder and plan maker watching your work. That said, it is also very rewarding.....Cheers.

Peter,
Yes I am using balsa planks which are 3mm thick. The planks are cut, in varying widths from 10mm to 15 mm, using my trusty and new Proxxon table saw. Still got the stern to build up and quite a bit of finishing to do before glassing.
Peter Fitness03/04/2009 00:00:31
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The Proxxon saw is a great bit of gear, I don't know how I managed without one for so many years. I've had mine for 2 years now, and it gets lots of work.
 
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Barry Foote03/04/2009 09:54:38
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It is a cracking piece of kit to be sure...I managed to track down the polyester resin and various grades of cloth, all for 11 Euros, which has made me a happy man. I hope to start the fibreglassing this weekend. It is the first time I have done any so will concentrate on the inside first!!
Peter Fitness04/04/2009 02:33:51
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We're very fortunate to have a fibreglass supplies firm in town, and the proprietor is very friendly towards modellers. He has a wide range of cloth weights, and is always ready to help with advice.
 
I don't think you will have any problems, Barry, but just be sure to keep air bubbles out from under the cloth by working the epoxy in well. I look forward to hearing of your progress.
 
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Barry Foote06/04/2009 20:45:10
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I have finished the internal glassing without problem. It was good to get some practice in before moving onto the outside. The hull is now hard enough to allow fairly easy sanding of the external planks, although I have found I needed some filling and resanding where the planks had not quite laid flat enough. Any way, I hope to get on with glassing the outside in the next day or two so will post some photos when I have done it..

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Barry Foote07/04/2009 15:58:15
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I have now glassed the inside to strengthen the hull. Sanded and filled where needed on the outside of the hull and put the first layer of fibreglass matting and resin on. Must nip out and trim it before it sets too hard. 

The second layer is to be done with a fine cloth, which should make finishing easier, I hope.




 
Barry Foote07/04/2009 16:36:49
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I am supposed to give a final coat of resin with microballoons, but have no idea what they are, or why it is necessary to use them. Any ideas please??
Colin Bishop07/04/2009 20:38:34
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Microballoons are very small spheres used to bulk out the resin to a creamy consistency and make it easier to sand down to a smooth finish.
 
 
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Barry Foote07/04/2009 21:52:17
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Thanks Colin........and you beat the other forum.......Must be getting better...

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