Chapter 11/13/22 – Fairings complete

Today I started off pulling the peel ply and razor trimming the glass on the elevator fairings outboard face 1-ply BID layups.

I then test fitted the elevator fairings –as part of the aft nose/avionics cover– in place.  The right inboard TE of the canard needed just a bit of trimming for the cover to fit back into place, but after 30 seconds of judicious sanding it all fit.

I have to say I’m extremely pleased with the appearance and fit of these elevator fairings.  Obviously it’s a big relief to have these off the To-Do list!


Here’s a shot of the underside of the elevators and fairings.


It may seem like much, but I then spent the rest of the day and most of the evening painstakingly working on labeling on the instrument panel.  Although I use masking tape to align and level my labels, it really does take quite a bit of time to get all these labels aligned, straight, even, etc. so they don’t look too heinous.

Although I did spend an amazing number of hours applying these labels, I think I would have also spent a lot of time ginning all this up into CAD if I had someone else create some type of peel ‘n stick sheets, or silkscreened it, etc.  And as I mentioned before, although I want my panel to look as professional and nice as possible I really am shooting for the functional 80-90% solution here.

Tomorrow I plan on finishing up labeling the panel, and then I’ll clear coat it.

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