Sun 15 January 2006
|I started by finishing some light sanding on the canopy side rails to remove a little over spray that had crept under the masking.
|The black paint finish has come out really well - first bit of painting that I've been pleased with! It is actually quite matt and doesn't reflect much at all. It does get hot quickly though.....
|Dad continued with the empennage fairing and trimming and cutting for the elevator horns.
|then nutplate drilling for the VS & HS.
|We de-rigged the VS for final deburring and riveting.
|Dad finished the VS nutplates, it does help to have the nutplate cleco'd in before squeezing the rivets........
|After a mishap with the canopy frame (it was blown onto the gravel whilst baking outside - and then the subsequent cursing....) The major part of my day was spent rubbing down the micro-balloon / resin filler / sealer on the upper cowl. In general it seems to have worked quite well, although slightly thinner & fresher resin would probably make it a bit easier to work with and then sand down.
|Finishing up for me, I did the LHS wing tip trimming, not quite complete, but good first stab.