The only differences between Bride of Gonzo and
Gonzo are the wing span,
moments and tail surfaces, but construction is identical.
The fuselage is
slab-sided construction for speedy assembly, but not as light as a built up
stick structure, such as
Great Gonzo is.
The wing is built using lightened ribs,
shear webs and turbulators for the
upper third of the airfoil. It is built in two halves and joined with .75
ounce fiberglass cloth and held to the fuselage with rubber bands.
The tail is conventional stick construction.
The covering on the fuselage is something I have wanted to do for a while,
but didn't have a plane that I wanted to experiment on. Bride of Gonzo
isn't the type of plane that I will cry buckets over if I lose it and therefore
I didn't mind trying out a finish that I might end up hating.
The finish is comprised of randomly selected scraps of covering that were
saved for repairs on various aircraft. I don't care for how it turned out but I can see that
it has potential for someone with a sense of color coordination.
The wing and tail are covered with Oracover Lite transparent red and orange.
The orange is a color I've never used before. I like the warmth of the
color. Too bad the wing and fuselage don't match. I think I'll be
using the orange again soon on something that I do want to be pretty.
Oracover Lite is an excellent covering. It conforms very well to all
kinds of curves, is extremely light, easy to apply and stays tight.
Additionally, I've had fewer problems with it bubbling up in the Florida sun
than any other iron on that I've used. It is available through