Sailplane Construction Project Session #132
Today I have put on the cowl's first covering of
white silk instead of Polyspan Lite because of the complex shape around
the front inlet opening. As shown below, I used one piece of silk to begin
covering the complete cowl with only one seam along the very bottom of the
This picture shows the white silk wrapped around
radius of the front inlet and doped down along the full width of the inside
This shows the silk covered inlet after the
excess silk was trimmed off.
The rear bulkhead of the cowl covered in much the
same way with the silk wrapped around and doped to the inside edge as shown
This shows the silk covered rear bulkhead after
the excess silk was trimmed off.
This shows covered cowl with one coat of clear
dope on the white silk. Notice the filled in vent holes are quite visible!
Well, this completes the first covering of the
fuselage, two hatches, and the cowl. Now I proceed with doping all of these
items two more times before I start applying the second covering of orange
Back in February in Report No. 49, I reported on
a small complex balsa fairing that I made to fill in between the fuselage
and the stab. At the time I reported that the fairing still had to have some
final sanding done to it before it fits in properly and that I had not
decided just how to attach the fairing permanently. Now I will do the
finished sanding, cover the fairing in white and then orange silk. I have
decided to go on and glue it to the stab
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