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Scale Byron Glasair Build

Discussion in 'Giant / Scale Scratch and Kit Build Threads' started by TonyHallo, May 22, 2019.

  1. Well I set the Champ aside for the time being and got the first coat of primer on the Glasair. I use a 1/2" pipe with the flange on one end to hold and rotate the fuslage and cowl. The flange is bolted to the engine mount, there is a wood donut supporting the cowl at the spinner opening. The glass work is very good and there are few pin holes, of course the parting line needs a little work. After two coats of primer, the parting line was block sanded and re-coated, this took care of 90% of the problem areas, need to fill the rest. I'm using U-pol Dolphin for these areas, never used it before, we shall see.

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    Last edited: May 22, 2019
  2. Snoopy1

    Snoopy1 640cc Uber Pimp

    While you at it give the car door in the background a coat of paint. You seem to have a couple of projects on the go.
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  3. Didn't use the Byronfoam wings or tail parts, the wings are foam rib design with plywood joiners that lap a former in the fuselage. The tail parts are balsa sheeted foam cores. Using a Valley View 40 twin for power, Hitec servos, and Frsky radio.
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  4. The fuselage will be painted like the advertisement from 1986 High Flight magazine. Throw back less the pinstripes.

  5. Jetpainter

    Jetpainter 640cc Uber Pimp

    You get extra points for the Vega with a roll cage in the background.;) Even more points if it's an Astre!

    I've been trying really hard to talk myself out of buying a Byron P-51 that's for sale in our club. I need it like a hole in the head.
    But at the same time I really want it.:lol2:
    Snoopy1 and pawnshopmike like this.

  6. It is a 1971 Vega with a 1996 LT1, T56, Ford 9" rear. I quit flying RC some 21 years ago to build it. I was going real well until I could not find a windshied then lost interest in getting it painted. Found a glass about 9 years ago, logged 2300 street miles since then. It's not a race car. IMG_1567.JPG IMG_1568.JPG IMG_1566.JPG
  7. Snoopy1

    Snoopy1 640cc Uber Pimp

    Have to ask of all the cars to choose from why a Vega that must have been the most difficult car to put a big V8 into and especially into a unit body car. That must been a difficult job to keep it from winding the body in a pretzel.
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  8. acerc

    acerc 640cc Uber Pimp

    Ever hear of a Monza, the wife had one when we got hitched. I hated working on that thing being I was use to trucks, Chevelles, and Novas…. But once I jacked it up a couple hundred horses it was hell on wheels, yea, literally as well. One summer it never saw anything other than slicks, Johnny did not like that though...
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  9. BalsaDust

    BalsaDust Moderator

    Buddy I used to drag race with had an Astre with a 454 big block in it. Was an all out drag car with full tube chassis. Fun to watch him run.
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  10. Jetpainter

    Jetpainter 640cc Uber Pimp

    I've been considering a similar set up to what your using to hold your fuselage for priming. Normally I just stand then on the firewall on a can, but the Ultimate I'm working on is much longer than the 60cc airplanes I'm used to painting. I may use an engine stand if I can remember where mine is.:face-palm:

    I learned many moons ago when I painted my first airplane that how you set them up is extremely important. The sheer number of parts can be a bit much. The Ultimate has 24 separate parts that need to be painted.o_O

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