And so begins the final chapter in the saga of glassing the fuselage … or should I say the final step . . . of the chapter!
I pulled an all-nighter to glass the fuselage. The first the few hours were of course all about prepping EVERYTHING to get ready to actually start glassing.
I cut two sets of 3″ UNI strips at 50″, 52″ & 50″ and set them up “pre-preg”.
I cut 2 pieces UNI for the third ply on fuselage & wrapped/rolled in brown paper.
I cut a UNI roll at 30° on the end and took it out the garage.
By the time I actually got started glassing, it was about 1930 in the evening. I glassed straight through until about 1430 the next day, after peel-plying critical areas and seams and trimming glass so it would cure nicely at the edges. In that whole time I may have take about four 5-7 min bathroom/snack/water breaks. Being by myself (minus the 10-minutes my buddy Kevin stopped by and took some pics with my camera), it was definitely a marathon glassing session. In retrospect, if I glass another fuselage by myself, I’ll most likely either stop half-way through, or pre-cut all my glass so it’s ready to go!!