Chapter 25 – Aft fuse final tweaks

Today I worked on some West 410 refill tweaks required to finalize the shape and contour of the aft fuselage.  The main refills were on the vertical wall to add depth to further minimize the indentation at the aft fuselage sidewall junction with the bottom cowling.  In addition, I found a slight depression in the aft strake corner that needed filled (arrow).

Here’s another shot from a slightly different angle….

In addition to the final fills on aft fuselage, I test sanded a portion of the left wing with my 5″ orbital “DA” sander with 100 grit sandpaper.  It worked great so I proceeded to block sand the entire bottom surfaces of the plane that I had previously epoxy wiped (all but the right wing).

Note the final painted nose gear strut.

Here’s a shot of the aft fuselage and right strake block sanded, and are now very close to being ready for primer.  Note the piece of blue tape at the very aft corner of the fuselage with the strake, where I added a bit of West 410 filler there as well.

Finally, here’s a shot of the bottom left strake and bottom left wing block sanded with my 5″ orbital sander, again with 100 grit sandpaper.

Tomorrow I plan on block sanding the bottom of the right wing and remaining small areas that I haven’t sanded yet.

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