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Tom Martin 09-28-2017 12:59 PM

RV14 detail 5
 
This is a shot of the forward upper gear leg faring. It has been recessed into the cowling to make a smooth transition between the cowling and the upper gear faring
https://photos.smugmug.com/My-First-...MG_6435-X3.jpg

Jared_Solomon 09-28-2017 02:20 PM

Beautiful
 
That is some beautiful glass work! Kudos to you!

Driving '67 09-28-2017 02:29 PM

Very nice Tom! Any word on the flight permit?

Cheers Jim

Tom Martin 09-28-2017 02:45 PM

Still waiting, it has been two weeks since inspection!

czechsix 10-10-2017 12:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tom Martin (Post 1207311)
This is a shot of the forward upper gear leg faring. It has been recessed into the cowling to make a smooth transition between the cowling and the upper gear faring
https://photos.smugmug.com/My-First-...MG_6435-X3.jpg

Did you just use micro to do the build-up, or something else?

Tom Martin 10-10-2017 03:21 PM

1. remove gel coat from cowling, one to two inches away from the faring

2. use a stiff mixture or flox and epoxy to build up the area around faring

3. One layer of glass cloth over the flox mix

4. peel ply

When dry sand smooth and apply thin layer of micro to fill gaps, depressions etc.
Micro is pretty tough but it is not structural and can crack if it is too thick.

This is a small job that cleans up the upper farings much the same as the plans call for on the lower gear faring/wheel pant intersection.

There are probably a million ways to do this small job but it is a nice finishing touch. On my rocket I extended it aft over the metal of the forward fuselage.
On the RV14 the faring tucks back under the fuselage and there was no real benefit from a drag perspective to continue the build up onto the metal.

NOTE; this job is really easy if you do it after the upper faring are completely finished and the screws in place on the cowling. Take cowling off aircraft, turn it upside down and then screw the faring in place using the three common screw holes. This makes sanding really easy and keeps the sand paper away from the metal bits.


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