Portal Turret Build: Fiberglass Wings Part 2
Estimated Time: 4-5 hours
Tools Needed: Paintbrush, Fiberglass Cloth, Resin, Exacto-Knife, Scissors
Other Items Needed: Aluminum Can, Disposable Mixing Stick (nail or something)
This week is the same technique as last week’s except the outside is far more curved which means that fiberglass is going to crease if you don’t smooth it out. To ensure that there are no creases or folds leave extra fiberglass around the edges so that the creases will not be over the form.
Step 1: Prepare the Resin and Fiberglass
Cut the fiberglass to shape, rectangles work well and minimize the amount of creasing. Mix equal parts of the resin and the catalyst. And apply it to the outside of the wing. Be sure not to fill the handle area to maintain its shape,
Step 2: Apply Fiberglass
Lay the fiberglass on top and apply it smoothly across the surface. Do not push the fiberglass into the handle as this will be fixed later. Finish the fiberglass with a final layer of resin.
Step 3: Trim
Once the fiberglass is set trim away the overhangs of the fiberglass as well as the centre area for the handle.
Step 4: The Handle
Once the area for the handle has been cut out. Cut a rectangle of fiberglass about twice as long and 3 times as wide as the handle. Prepare a small amount of resin.
First apply the resin to the inside of the handle and then apply the fiberglass. In order to keep the fiberglass against the sides of the handle shape I used 1 inch foam covered in plastic. Once the fiberglass has cured, remove the blocks and pull out as much of the plastic as you can. Use the Exacto-Knife to closely trim the fiberglass around the handle.
Next week I will go over fiberglassing the knee caps, which is about a 3-4 day job. Please follow on Twitter and leave any comments or questions below.