Wednesday, 23 August 2017

PSSA @ The Orme and a big repair!

We had a great weekend's flying at the Great Orme this past weekend (19th & 20th August), with the best wind (40mph+ all day) being on the Saturday.  I haven't had a chance to go through my pictures yet from the camera, so here are a couple from Phil Cooke.

One from me - very early on the Saturday :

Unfortunately the F104 suffered a big bump, as Phil lost control when he was flying it through a loop.  She seemed to enter quite a deep stall and rolled this way and that, before hitting the grassy part of the slope face (thankfully!) inverted.

Ouch!  Anyway, I don't hang around with repairs on aircraft I love this much, so I started off on Monday evening getting her back together again.

Nose realigned with cyano in the joins :

Nose section tubbed inside with glass :

First coats of glazing putty going on to smooth everything out :

Ah well, that pushes some builds back a bit, but it's a labour of love.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

C17 Globemaster III build - glass at last, and U2 respray

The Big Grey Moose has at last visited the garage workshop for glass-work.  I was glassing the new A10 tailplane, along with the rebuilt Hawk fuselage, so thought I may as well get the big girl moved along a bit at the same time.

Underside first :

Then the top :

The U2 had some love just recently, and I forgot to add pictures.  All the little dings and scratches were first smoothed out with 3M red-spot glazing putty, then where needed, the airframe was re-sprayed in matt black.  I then added panel lines with a soft pencil, added some decals, then blasted satin lacquer all over.

Results :

I am very happy with that, and she should look a lot neater in the air now.