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Old 02-05-2021, 08:46 AM
gear1 gear1 is offline
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Default 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.
Craig Taylor
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Navy A7E Vietnam era
Ret. Corporate Pilot: Gulfstream, IA Jet, Jetstar, Falcon 10, 20, 50, HS125
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Old 02-05-2021, 09:52 AM
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Default One piece skirt

I did solo like Scott. I did strips with staggered overlaps. My bird is on gear but no wheels. Once you get a routine, it's easy. Lots of info on my blog. Look under Pages for Fiberglass, Paint, Cut&Buff.
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Donated 01/01/2021, plus a little extra.
RV-7A #73391, N511RV reserved (2,000+ hours)
HS SB, empennage, tanks, wings, fuse, working finishing kit
I cannot be, nor will I be, held responsible if you try to do the same things I do and it does not work and/or causes you loss, injury, or even death in the process.
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