Fiberglassing practice

I asked this about 4 days ago and didn't get a response so I guess I
will try once more. I need to find a airplane kit or just a wing kit
that has a fully sheeted wing so I can practice doing putting epoxy and
glass down and then painting. I want to find something to practice on
before I start this 1/4 scale RV-7 I am designing.
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Chris W
"They that can give up essential liberty
to obtain a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin, 1759 Historical Review of Pennsylvania
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Chris W
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If you have a plane already, contact Dynamic Balsa,
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(I think!) for some foam wing cores for it. Then, sheet them with balsa and apply your 'glass. Most of the giant-scale planes use balsa-sheeted foam wings with painted fiberglass covering. It makes a very tough wing!
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Morris Lee
I meant to say Sig Kommander. The Kavalier is built up.
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Paul McIntosh
You mean to say that you have no idea what plane to buy, or just can't find a Sig King Kobra or Kavalier? There are plenty of planes with foam cores available. Call a local hobby shop and ask them.
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Paul McIntosh
If this is all you want to do, and your not going to use them, just cut out a few football shaped ribs a little under 3 or 4 inches long. glue a 3 or 4" piece of sheeting to one side, cap the "LE" and "TE" with a stick, then sheet the other side. The hardest part (well, still easy) is the wingtip. Just make one to the shape of the rv7 out of a balsa block and stick it on. You don't need to make this more than 6 inches span to get the bugs out.
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John Alt
Most of my experience is with scratch built, I really don't know what kits have sheeted wings. I am really hoping to find a built up wing that is fully sheeted, I've never done a foam core and I don't want to be trying 2 new things at once. The local hobby shops don't seem to have much of a selection either. I couldn't find the Kommander that you mentioned in your post at tower hobbies or the SIG site. The other one looks like what I want but not my kind of plane. I would like to have several to pick from. It's hard to tell looking through the catalogs which ones have sheeted wings.
-- Chris W
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin, 1759 Historical Review of Pennsylvania
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Chris W
Why not glue some balsa sheet to a piece of styrofoam and practice on that?
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Dan Thompson
What kind of plane are you looking for?
Also, you can sheet any built up wing.
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Paul McIntosh
Great suggestion, Dan!
Or even easier, why not skip the foam and practice on a piece of 1/16" balsa? If its compound curves you're worried about, try covering a block of shaped wood.
-Fritz
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Fritz Bien
Chris --
You have received a lot of suggestions for parts to practice on, but might I suggest you browse through an article on "Fiberglassing Techniques" that I have published at my Web Site?It's a system taught to me and it works great -- simple and even more importantly, LIGHT.
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Lyman Slack
the Great Planes warbirds usually have sheeted wings, The Lanier 1/4 scale Lazer also has a sheeted wing.
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