I'm excited for this one. I'm not sure how I feel about the Vlog format. It's another thing I can just cue up in my Youtube playlist and watch while I work, but I do really enjoy your write-ups too.
The GeeBee Z is my favorite (The Rocketeer got me at a young age too.) but the R-1 is up there. I think I've got four planes "on the bench" that I need to get back to. Right now I'm forcing my way through the backlog of other non RC projects.
@willsonman I noticed in one of your videos you are using what looks like 1 gallon cans to mix up your epoxy. What is the stuff you are using and where do you get it? I am guessing it is a lot cheaper than buying the tiny bottle the hobby stores sell. Thanks. Great build and sorry to see the result of the bearcat.
That can has been nursing me along for years now. About 10 or so. There are companies around here that make drones for the military and they are constructed using composite methods. Much like any company, they have a quality control system that regulates expiration of their materials. The epoxy and hardener are one of such things. The resin and hardener were going to be simply thrown away! Still perfectly good for my use. Normally the epoxy (Fibre Glast 2000) gallon is $130 and the 2060 quart of hardener is $50. Considering how long I've been using it, paying $180 + shipping is a worthwhile investment.
I'll say it again since we are on the topic. The epoxy itself has a tendency to separate over time and become cloudy. The vast majority of hobbyist will throw it away at that point. The advantage of having such a large quantity is that it comes in a metal can and then you can heat it over the stove while mixing and the cloudiness will go away. I've done that at least a half a dozen or so times to my can.
I find the "heating epoxy tip' to be useful if the little plastic bottles get cloudy too, or if it's cold in the workshop and the epoxy doesn't want to flow. Holding the bottles in front of an electric heater for a few minutes brings it back to a happy consistency every time.
Jealous - the Gee Bee is one of those models I've been wanting ever since I saw The Rocketeer (albeit that one was in black and yellow "bumblebee" livery, as opposed to the red & white motif). I haven't been able to find one of the Great Planes ones for a reasonable price, and I don't think it's being manufactured anymore. Guess I'll have to settle for the HH UMX version.