Glassing the belly and nose is a beautiful and better alternative for the ugly packing tape to protect your foamy. This video shows how to do it!
Glassing makes the fuselage stronger, stiffer & easy to clean.
The result of glassing the belly and nose can be seen on the picture below (click to enlarge). It is a smooth, scratchproof, dentproof & waterproof layer. Which can be cleaned with regular tap water. It becomes harder and harder by time. After a crash warm water will make the laminate a little soft so it can be made nice again. You can add a layer of paint between the coating layers. That way the paint stays on the plane well.
Additional weight between 30 & 40 grams.
My buddy Ray lawn darted his glassed EZ* at launch. I was an ugly crash which should have killed the Elapor nose for sure. The only damage was a winkled coating. I guess the outcome of the first involuntary test is that it really does make it more crash resistant too.
We got it from a local hobby shop. There are many places which sell it. You can also take a little heavier cloth at let say HK. Some of my friends used the little heavier type with good results. I am sure google will pop some cloth up and maybe in your area. Fiberglass cloth is also used in the watersport branch to repair surfboards and ships. GOODLUCK!
Tks! Found the Matt in eBay. One more question, how do you prepared the foam to apply the mat? Is it a goot idea to sand and apply a thin coat of PU to smooth it? My plane had a few hard landings and the surface is not good as new anymore, I’m afraid if I apply the glass directly it will show all imperfections to the fiber, is that so, or do you think the glassing will cover the scratches?
On the video you can see I taped an area with purple tape. The area where the cloth comes need to be sanded indeed. Best is to sand it when tape is applied. I sanded it until the foam became non shiny. Lost the right word 🙂 The smoother the surface is the smoother the end result. I have some scratches below the fiber too. I do not care.
I guess the word you missed is flat or dull. Again, is the best video around on how to glass a plane that I have seen so far!
I will start glassing mine tomorrow or Friday, I hope I can replicate your success!
Thanks a lot for your answers and your postings!
Hi Eric, i startend The glassing Last weekend, trying to replicate what you did on the video 😄. First layer of 25gr mat and lack is done, only gain 10 gr. weight, ago it looks good. Now I need to bother you with questions again… How many layers of Glasfiber did you apply? Do you think I can apply decals in between 2 Glasfiber layers? Not sure if it will be fully transparent…
I used only one layer, and about 4 layers of coating. I a friend of mine added 2 layers cloth around the nose and the canopy area. So it is very well possible to do.
An other friend used black paint between two layers of coating. Adding the paint between 2 layers of coating protects the paint very well against scratches and other erosion. I never though of adding decals between layers of coating. Great idea maybe. Must be tested first to see how the results will be. Adding a decal between two layers of glasfiber… Not sure either. The decal will be tamed in color for sure. Not sure if the coating sticks well to the decal plastic.
If you have enough glasfiber you can do a small test. I am very curious for the results.
Good to see your glassing went well 😀
Sorry it took me so long, so I did the test, and it worked quite good! The fiber is pretty transparent. My easystar is still flying, and since then I have glassed almost every scratch build I make in Depron, I’m finishing now my last project, a Dr1 made from 5mm Depron that I will glass this weekend. I just wanted to drop by to say thanks again for posting your video to teach me this technique.