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Old 06-12-2012, 12:58 PM
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Default Skirt and WS done

Yesterday I declared the skirt and Windscreen done! The skirt has a slight low spot at one rivet but I will let the painter handle that, we talked and he said to get it close so I hope this works. I also have 5 or 6 pinholes mostly at the edge of the WS layup. This turned out much better than I had hoped. Thanks for all the help from VAF members getting me to this point. A year ago glass work totally intimidated me.

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Old 06-12-2012, 01:17 PM
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Yesterday I declared the skirt and Windscreen done! The skirt has a slight low spot at one rivet but I will let the painter handle that, we talked and he said to get it close so I hope this works. I also have 5 or 6 pinholes mostly at the edge of the WS layup. This turned out much better than I had hoped. Thanks for all the help from VAF members getting me to this point. A year ago glass work totally intimidated me.

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Wow, that looks fantastic! What did you use to fill the skirts?
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:17 PM
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Nemo, you might consider rounding off that sharp corner on the canopy skirt. When the canopy is open, it will stick out and I can just see myself walking into it causing myself an ouchie. It might just be me, but when all of your plane's admirers crowd in to take pics of your panel, somebody might get snagged.

Just a thought. Looking good!
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:17 PM
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Wow, that looks fantastic! What did you use to fill the skirts?
I filled the rivet hole centers with JB weld then went over with a mix of FLOX, which filled some. I then used some West system 407 filler, I went with West because I bought all the stuff before I became smarter on how to get cheaper stuff. When I set the rivets they were dipped in epoxy, to keep them from loosening up. One thing suggested is to lay a layer of thin cloth over the rivet line. I considered this but, at this point I want to get flying, I will re-visit that idea before it gets painted.

Lastly I rolled on two coats of clear resin with a foam roller, letting first layer get just past the tacky stage. Aft this set I sanded smooth, I was planning to roll on one more layer and then squeegee it off (I did this on the windscreen) but I liked what I had so I primed everything.

I did also heat up the rolled on layer with a hair dryer, I read on this site that this helps bubbles from the roller open up. It does seem to do the trick. The skirt really did not take much to fill. The windscreen I used west 407 filler for most of that work. Once it was to shape I used the clear resin technique.

The nice part of rolling it on like DanH pointed out in one of his write ups, is you get a rough sort of finish that makes it easy to see how much more you need to sand, if it's still shinny you need to sand more.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:58 AM
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Default Move to Airport

Well after 5 years my plane has left the nest, well sort of. I made the move to the airport. The move went very smoothly. I have moved all the tools and started to organize the hanger so I can get back to work.

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My yearling horse observing things (above the truck)



Kind of looks like we are working at cross purposes



I can see in this photo why my wife complains my jeans are too loose!

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Old 06-21-2012, 10:49 AM
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Good going Mike!
It's all down hill from here!

Can't wait to see it fly!
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:35 AM
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Well after 5 years my plane has left the nest, well sort of. I made the move to the airport. The move went very smoothly. I have moved all the tools and started to organize the hanger so I can get back to work.

Cheers

My yearling horse observing things (above the truck)





Kind of looks like we are working at cross purposes



I can see in this photo why my wife complains my jeans are too loose!

Always good to hear someone is "movin on up". Good work on the progress, Mike. I am hoping for next Spring to move over to the airport. See you around.
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Old 06-23-2012, 02:52 PM
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Great work, Mike. I'm looking forward to hearing about your first flight. More inspiration for me.

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Hey, that looks like an airplane part!



Of course, the instructions say nothing about clecoing the two h-stab halves together at this point, but I don't let that stop me from doing it just so I can cackle a bit and get a good lok at where I'm going.

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Just finished the vertical stabilizer tonight. My kit came in while we were in the hospital having the baby in February. Work and kids keep me busy so building is slow, but I'm on the pay-as-I-go plan and not in any hurry.
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