Our story of Dr. Bob’s great plane building adventure continues…
It is time to add the fiberglass about the edge of the windscreen to connect it to the fuselage.
Notice the large gap between the plexiglass and the aluminum. This will be filled and then sanded smooth.
The red tape is there to protect the plexiglass windscreen as there with be lots of material being applied and sanded during this process.
It is important to provide a good connection here as it will have a significant impact on the airflow over the cowling, up the windscreen and over the canopy.
Here is a shot from the other side of the windscreen showing the interior at this stage.
Notice that the dash has the instrument placements cutout at this stage, although very little else of the interior is in place.
Update Nov 19, 2010
Dr. Bob has made progress on the fiberglassing. He has filled in the space between the windshield and the cowling. This is an important step to ensure that there is a snug air-tight seal to keep out wind and water.
Dr. Bob’s story … Bob is a neighbor so getting pictures of his work in progress is easy. Although this is not actually a BuildAPlane.org project, we can record his progress anytime we need to post an article to the Look Up! blog. The steps are the same for any plane building project.
- Tips for cutting fiberglass cloth – EAA video (3:40)