RV8 canopy faring
Three tricks I found useful in building the windshield fairing for my RV8:
1. Watch the Van's video on building the fairing on the RV14. It details the project very well, just on a wider fuselage. For me it was the key to doing a good job on the fairing.
2. Make a radius gauge from a piece of .032 aluminum so that the radius from windshield to fuselage can be checked with each layer of cloth added. I simply made a 4" diameter aluminum disc for this purpose.
3. I chose to make the radius 2", so I glued various grades of sandpaper to sections of 4" PVC pipe from Home Depot. Thus the sanding of the radius can be made very uniform. The radius gauge in #2 can be used to detect low spots while sanding.
I am not skilled in composite work, but with the instructions in #1 and the tools of #2 and #3 it came out quite nice..... Took lots of time, though.
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