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« on: April 25, 2017, 03:49:12 PM »

Received this via the post last Friday so opened the box up tonight to make a start.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v108/Coopdevil/IMG_1447_zps888fltxx.jpg

Clearly it's very, very influenced by one of my favourite oddball planes, the Rutan Varieze. (There is actually a Varieze catapult glider in the HPA archive - http://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/hpa_plans/details.php?image_id=2879 - but it's strangely inaccurate with a central fin, and large dihedral endplates on the canard).

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v108/Coopdevil/IMG_1452_zpsm2in5uxj.jpg

The sheet pieces are nice, but the stick parts (two, fuselage top and bottom) are not so nice - evidence of really crumbly delamination in the exposed ends. I've dumped a load of aliphatic resin into the voids in an attempt to try and fill them with something sandable.

Another irritation - the plan isn't actually to scale. This doesn't seem too bad on first glance but it looks like if you are fitting a hook for cat launch then you have to shape the hook yourself and obviously were the plan to scale that's a lot easier to do. I might end up epoxying a panel pin into the fuze bottom as I've discovered that my first attempts with dress making pins bent to shape and superglued in don't last long enough.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v108/Coopdevil/IMG_1450_zpsa4wthw5s.jpg

I don't like plain, bare wood gliders with no detailing so am thinking of adding a little bit of paint detailing to model (word "model" used very, very loosely here...) this one, HB-YCM. Not sure I'll paint the fuze grey like the original but certainly will be adding the Swiss flag fins, and the registration number.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v108/Coopdevil/1511754-large_zpsekfssb9y.jpg

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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2017, 05:40:57 PM »

Glad you showed the VariEze like you did along with the Cessna 195 in the background. Good luck with your project.
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