FA-37 Talon From the movie 'Stealth'
Some clear plastic, a few elastic bands, a dab of rubber 'n resin.
Whatho troops and troopettes!
Right then, sorry for the delay, been busy with other just as interesting and less that intersting stuff.
Ok, now it was time to lay into the canard and tail casting.
Simply put, after the canard bruhaha we find ourselves ready to rubber and resin the living daylights outta some parts.
So, first things first, the leading edges of the canards and the outer sharp edges of the tail had a thin strip
attached and this would form the opening in the mould into which the quick setting stuff would be poured.
The tail ended up looking like this.
A box was constructed for the tail and canards using some 2mm clear styrene with bracers running around
the outside to prevent the material bowing out as the rubber was poured in.
One side was only tack glued so it could be removed to get the mould out and the plastic strip on the ends made a line up slot
if you will so the box could be re-assembled around the mould for support when casting.
Both boxes looked like this.
The rubber I chose for this is a high strength type, very tough, highly elastic, abrashion resistant and very hard to split.
It's the sort of stuff you can cast concrete in so it has to be tough and that's exactly what I was looking for with this job
This was a matter of economics, one mould will do the entire run and still be in decent shape so no worries about making an replacement mould.
Rubber poured in and allowed to cure, box split open, moulds peeled out and masters removed.
So when it came to casting, just sit the mould in the box, part the top slightly and pour in resin, slap front on and secure, allow for curing.
To remove, just remove these elastic bands...
Front of the mould box come away...
Remove mould from box support...
Peel away sides a little and remove parts.
The excess on the canards snaps away quite easily but the tails will need a trim up and sand down.
This will be done by yours truly to all the parts that will go into the kits.
The first canard castings will be used to make up the parts for the Talon 1 and 3 canards.
So that done, just repeat and go find summat better to do for a while.
Well the pile is starting to mount up and suffice to say, the cast canard parts fit nicely...
More on this later as more resin is flung about the place
So that's ya lot for this short but crisply cast update.
More hellhole happenings and if anything interesting does occour, you'll be the first to know after me...honest.
Go easy people!!