The result is a dried Monarch Butterfly which can be flown as a walkalong glider:
Here is the latest video on mounting the butterfly:
Step 1: Humidifying the Butterfly
Step 2: Molding the Wings
Step 3: Strengthening the Wings and Adding Ballast
Once the wings have dried in the mold (at lease one day, outside humidity chamber), additional fingernail polish is added to the top of the fuselage to further strengthen the wing roots.
Step 4: Reshaping the Wings
To get the final trim, the elevator trailing edge was shaped to trim for a more nose up attitude. The process was begun by rehydrating the Monarch Butterfly and molding components (paper strips) by placing them in an airtight container with a small amount of water:
After at least a day in the container, the butterfly is ready to be reshaped. First, the inboard sections of the wings are shaped over the wire to provide more up elevator:
Next the outboard (wing tips) are shaped flush with the foam board:
And the assembly is set out to dry. This reshaping (more up elevator) resulted in a slower trimmed airspeed and more maneuverability.