Wednesday 14 January 2015

This Month In Fibreglass: January 2015

Welcome to 2015! Can you believe it? Neither can we.

And to truly ring in the new year in style, what better than a random selection of news stories from across the globe - all with a tenuous link to fibreglass? Nothing! Here goes...

Northern Nudes

She's being restored... but she really ain't happy about it

The town of Doncaster is buzzing this month, amidst news that a beloved sculpture is to be restored to its former glory.
The giant fibreglass artwork, The Lovers, sparked much clutching of pearls when it was first unveiled in 1968. It was originally installed in the fountain of the then Arndale Centre, and proved to become a beloved fixture over the years. It seemingly disappeared in the mid-1980s during the centre's rebranding as the Frenchdale Centre.

But! In 2006, it came to light that The Lovers had been canoodling at the bottom of someone's garden for some 20+ years. There was even a Facebook group set up in its honour.

And now, local art group Artfuel are undertaking the task of its restoration. It is due to be reinstated in the Waterdale Centre later this year.

via Doncaster Free Press

Another Blast From The Past

Release your inner magpie...

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Shelby 427 Cobra, a special, very limited edition kit car is being released by the company. With only 50 kits available, these will truly become collector's items - as are the originals, which were released in a run of just 343 in the 60s.

They will be available in either fibreglass or aluminium (shown above). The fibreglass model is blue with white racing stripes.... is it sacrilege for us to say we prefer the aluminium?? Shhhhh...

Drool over the photos here.

via Car Advice

Surfboard Guru Takes to the Skies
He laughs in the face of a giant shark!
A fibreglass replica of a Harvard WWII plane is being painstakingly crafted by David "Biggie" Smithers in Oakura, NZ.

He's taken on the task to replace a damaged plane-slide in a children's playground. The seasoned fibreglass veteran says that this project, at 8m long and 13m wide, is the most difficult in all his 40 years of experience.

He once created an 8m long surfboard, which carried 16 people on one wave.

Biggie is said to be on track to finish the plane by the deadline of July this year.

And now something for the yachties among you... we've been lusting after the gorgeous boats at the CWM FX London Boat Show. Sadly, being a 5 hour drive away, we can only be there in cyber-spirit. But if you're in the area, definitely make an effort to get yourself down there before the 18th.

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