Sunday, October 30, 2016

Canopy Emergency Release

Created removable hinge pins from piano wire to allow someone to open the canopy from the outside in case of emergency.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fuel Gauge Marking & Flow Test

Ordered up some fuel delivery and marked the tanks in 5Gal increments.  Performed all the fuel flow tests to ensure adequate fuel delivery.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Cowl Heat Shield

Used adhesive backed foil for heat shields on the cowl where the exhaust pipes run.  Used an added layer of fiberfrax where the clearance was less than 1/2".

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Cowling Primer

Primed up the cowl and misc. pieces.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Oil Access Door

Cutout oil access door and laid up lips for door in upper cowl.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Made the vortilons.  Cut the initial shapes out of 4-ply bid, so the final product ended up a little fat, but it'll work.

Friday, September 09, 2016

Cowling Finishing

Went through the drudgery of applying wet micro, sanding, and repeating until the cowl was smooth. Spent the time on the upper cowl, but did the bare minimum on the lower as I expect it may change in the not do distant future.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Wingroot Heat Shields

Cut up and bent some aluminum for the wing root heat shields

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Plenum Modification

Shrunk the rear portion of the plenum to get a lower cowl profile while re-working the cowl due to clearance issues.  Should have waited until the plenum was finished before making the upper cowl to begin with -Capt. Hindsight

Upper Cowl

Went to do the final fitting of the upper cowl and it was hitting the cooling plenum in multiple places. Had to do a lot of re-work to the cowl, and to the plenum to get acceptable clearances and profile.