I decided to try dyeing the balsa before covering with translucent film and chose pale pink to complement the ‘heather’ pink Solarfilm I’d bought for the underside.
I should have known that pink and yellow makes orange. Will orange and pink really GO together??
Rather than use plastic hinges I thought stitching might be nice.
After covering I dropped the radio gear in and discovered to my surprise that my little 4-cell NiMH battery was too heavy for the nose so it had to go above the switch in the fuse top.
Here’s the radio installation (plus the 2 flaperon servos in the wings). The nose is completely empty!
I avoided unsightly bands going over the fuselage top by adding a (sort of) 3rd wing dowel – so some of the wing bands also hold the top on.
For the finishing touch I simply taped a strip of film to the cutting board, taped a paper print of the word ‘mediator’ over the top, and cut through with a scalpel.
Finished weight under 850g/30oz. Wing loading only 9.5 oz/sq’ which is less than my Kloudrider!
For inspiration: thanks to George Aldrich (Peacemaker) and Steve Lange (Le Fish).