Great new fiberglass shields/reinforcements for Skywalker

Hooks just sent me the new fibreglass reinforcement skins for the Skywalker (now just $99) and they're awesome. Here's the nose/bottom shield:

And here's the tail reinforcement:

Hooks, how long until these are for sale in the store?

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Comment by Morli on June 19, 2010 at 4:24pm
This looks very Nice hooks. Enough and good choice of color too.
Is the tail reinforcement a Clip-On type? I think , now I don't have to add the CF rod I was planning to place inside vertical stabilizer. This reinforcement should do the trick.
Comment by evilmacaw on June 19, 2010 at 5:46pm
YES please when and how much $, i have been waiting for this before i build mine
Comment by Rana on June 19, 2010 at 9:09pm
Oh my God, it so nice Chris !
Thanks Hooks ! But they appear to be like we wear hat on the head and sosks in the feets !
For rest of the body there is nothing, am I missing something ?

Hooks, is it possible to develop two complete halves which covers all the foam body at almost all places, to provide additional strength ?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 19, 2010 at 9:25pm
Remember, there's a large carbon fiber rod going down the middle of the fuselage to the tail. I think it's pretty solid as it is.

Comment by Morli on June 19, 2010 at 9:34pm
Two complete halves will defeat the purpose of foam body. Instead you might buy a FG fuselage it self if some one makes it.
Comment by Teejay on June 20, 2010 at 12:27am
Wow! And my Skywalker just arrived at the post office. ;)

Looking forward to this nice add-on.

Comment by Robert Krogh (hooks) on June 20, 2010 at 3:19am
Hi all
@ Chris I'm glad you like it.

I'm not sure factory will ever make the reinforcement for the Skywalker. :-( and if they will produce it, it would be in same material as the PVC canopy. Not just what I expected.

Making this reinforcement in FG or Kevlar takes some work and afford. So if I'm not going to make it in numbers it would probably cost around 60-80 UDS. (NO one would pay 60 USD for a little painted FG or Kevlar).

I sold a few to costumers for 35 $. (but I can't produce these covers and at the same time have a little profit) sorry.

@Rena Yes I made a complete Mold from the EPS foam (first version) but I'm not going to make any full FG copy ;-)

You can make it your self feel free to ask any Questions.


Comment by Mark Colwell on June 20, 2010 at 9:10am
Hooks these are beautiful upgrades, but price is the issue for me, I will add carbon spar in rudder post and wrap with nylon fabric then coat with WSPU,

Comment by Robert Krogh (hooks) on June 20, 2010 at 9:30am
Mark I think it's a great way to modify the bird.

I'm looking on the possibilities to make the belly pan from Vacuum moulding in 2mm ABS. This should cut the price.
Comment by Rana on June 20, 2010 at 10:23am
Hi Hooks !
EPS is certainly not very good foam and that is for such a big airframe Skywalker.
How much it will cost in Elpar ?

This foam is easy to cut, fairly easy to sand, fairly rigid, fairly brittle (cracks easily) and not very durable. If you press your fingernail into it, it will leave a permanent crease. If you hold a very small piece over a match, it will just collapse and dissappear. Regular CA glue will melt this foam, as will some types of spray adhesives and spray paints.

EPP (Elpar):
EPP is flexible foam that is used as a packing material for delicate electronic parts. It is also used in the bumpers of some automobiles. It is a rubbery material that is light in weight, yet very durable.

EPP is available in 1.3# and 1.9# densities. EPP is used in the modeling world for combat gliders that need a high degree of durability. Since EPP is not a rigid foam, most all EPP gliders use fiberglass, carbon fiber, or spruce spars for stiffness.


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