How do you arrive at a unique airplane?? You nique up on it of course!
Slowly, but rest assured, assuredly, I am moving toward something here. lol
Green leaves a lot to be desired in the way of opacity.
I've carved enough hard balsa block and melted enough plastic in my mother's old oven to know that waiting overnight for a canopy frame to set up is almost too good to be true!
Not bad for #2, but canopy #3 will be even better...
The tool in all rights should have been at least a two piece mould with the forward section pulling straight off the nose.
Don't be fooled by the test part, rather let it convince you of the durability of the materials involved. I stood on the mould and pulled and twisted that thing with all my might.
Pile it into the ground, dust it off, pop out the dings and stick it back on.
Lets see you do that with an ABS cowl - NOT!!
We conquered the opaqueness issue with a couple of coats of automotive paint in the mould.
So the next fuselage will get brown camo followed by green paint.
no point in throwing another $100 in epoxy and cloth at reinforcing this section until I've seen the cavity - if all turns out well, I can always rough it up with a cup wheel on the grinder and lay down a few more layers of heavy cloth
hopefully this will set up enough to remove the forms tomorrow - now we wait....lol