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Old 03-10-2012, 08:53 PM
Bob Axsom Bob Axsom is offline
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Default Forming aluminum for a cooling outlet fairing

Gereed75 presented a fiberglass fairing that he made for the cooling air outlet that looks really good in a thread about exit drag. I would like to make one out of metal. It would have to conform to the radius of the cooling air outlet at the two corners. I can fill at the corners where the outlet turns out to blend in with the bottom of the cowl with fiberglass/resin/flox as necessary. One approach would be to make a wood forming block and beat it into shape. Another would be to fabricate it out of multiple pieces with no more than one bend on a part. And yet another way would be to build it out of fiberglass as Gary Reed did. Any good thoughts on how you would approach this?

Bob Axsom

Last edited by Bob Axsom : 03-10-2012 at 08:56 PM. Reason: Typos
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:13 PM
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I'm on it Bob. I'll be at the hangar tomorrow attempting the same thing...out of metal.
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:48 PM
Bob Axsom Bob Axsom is offline
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Default Good Brian

I've got myself into a task with the American Cancer Society that is going to tie me up for a while. I have 650 pages of real time notes hand written into these little pocket notebooks that I have to copy and reproduce 4-to-a-page to accompany a lot of other material that I previously submitted. At my current rate is is going to take 33.5 manhours. Well back to work.

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Old 03-11-2012, 09:41 AM
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Order some 6061 type 0 from Air Spruce , 2x4 sheets or smaller are cheap to ship. This hardness is easy to work ( think lead soft ) . Scoops can be formed over PVC pipe . Wood tools can be custom cut on the band saw. A little practice and you be making wheel pants in no time !!
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:37 PM
Bob Axsom Bob Axsom is offline
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Default Great input (and I am laughing at your future thought)

I have bought a lot of aluminum from Aircraft Spruce over the years and I have more than enough left over for many of these farings but the easier to work with 6061 type O sounds very good. I'm just going to take a shot at thickness maybe 0.040".

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Last edited by Bob Axsom : 03-11-2012 at 01:04 PM. Reason: added metal thickness
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Old 03-11-2012, 01:01 PM
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