I’ll be heading out to RR23 in a few hours in the back seat of Marco’s beautiful Long-EZ, JT (I will say most likely for the last time!). Since I’ll be gone for the good part of a week I just wanted to provide an updated update before I head out to fun & frivolity with my fellow Canardians!
I’m happy to report that the major recontouring, reshaping and significant re-glassing (in CF) of the bottom cowling is complete! I still have the very aft center lip (at the top of the bottom cowl fin) to glass as well as the interfacing left & right sides between top & bottom cowlings. Once these tasks are completed then the optimized install of the exhaust pipes will begin.
As I’ve stated before, I currently have a plan with my local race car exhaust-making dude, James, to finalize the exhaust pipes’ install configuration. And I very much intend to optimize the exhaust pipe runs as they should be, in line with Mike Melvill’s exhaust pipe mods that brought the pipes inboard a bit closer to the spinner and focused on the very inboard section of the prop. He notes all this in CP 83 and the operational improvements of these mods are impressive. Since I have no choice but to rewicker the exhaust pipes anyway, I might as well make them as near-perfect as possible.
I’m still intent to focus solely on the plane for the next however long it takes to finish this bird… ASAP!