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Old 11-19-2023, 12:24 PM
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Default Behold; The world's okay-est windshield fairing

Man I'm glad this is done. But I'm also happy to say that it turned out really well.

Thanks again to everybody who took the time to offer opinions on dimensions etc. and especially Larry Larson for his excellent kit planes articles.

(also, after a couple of decades, R.I.P. to my shop vac. fiberglass dust finally killed it).
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Old 11-19-2023, 01:33 PM
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Default Save the Hose

Save the hose off that trashed shop vac and add it onto the hose on the new one you will buy. I really like a long hose on a vac. I also cut off the power cord and put on a new female plug. Makes a handy extension cord when the one on your power tool will not quite reach, which is most of the time.
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Old 11-19-2023, 01:38 PM
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Very nice.

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Old 11-19-2023, 01:56 PM
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Save the hose off that trashed shop vac and add it onto the hose on the new one you will buy. I really like a long hose on a vac. I also cut off the power cord and put on a new female plug. Makes a handy extension cord when the one on your power tool will not quite reach, which is most of the time.
Great idea, but you can see the box for the new shop vac in the same picture. Different size hose.
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Old 11-19-2023, 02:51 PM
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Okay-est? Shoot. That's nice work. Congratulations.

I'm a hoarder. I will scavange any part off stuff before trashing. The wheels, electrical cord, hoses.
Then I spend a couple days every few years throwing it all out and wondering if there's a pill for my sickness!
I just spent two days throwing stuff out.
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Old 11-19-2023, 02:58 PM
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Okay-est? Shoot. That's nice work. Congratulations.
Amen!
Most workmanship I see on RV's is above average. So anything that doesn't stand out like a sore thumb or a "work in progress" (like my empennage fairing...) is way better than "OK."
Well done!!!
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Old 11-19-2023, 04:34 PM
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That looks really good Terry, well done! The canopy and the fairing is a LOT of work, like a project in its own right.

What's next?
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Old 11-19-2023, 05:03 PM
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Very nice work.

Thread drift - get a Goretex Cleanstream filter for your shop vac. HEPA rated and easily cleaned, will last for years.
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Old 11-19-2023, 05:07 PM
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That looks really good Terry, well done! The canopy and the fairing is a LOT of work, like a project in its own right.

What's next?
Thanks Paul- The list of what's practical do do in my garage is getting pretty short. I'm sure I can find a few odds and ends to keep busy for a bit, but it's just about time to sweat getting the fuselage to my hangar to join everything else.
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Old 11-19-2023, 05:10 PM
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Very nice work.

Thread drift - get a Goretex Cleanstream filter for your shop vac. HEPA rated and easily cleaned, will last for years.
Thanks for the tip. I'll look into it. I have no complaints with the old one. It lasted about 20 years including quite a bit of sheet rock and fiberglass dust.

It started making a death rattle at shutdown a month or so ago, but I was trying to milk it through this fairing project. Almost made it; The motor seized with just a couple of days to go.
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