Airplanes bite, and that’s a fact! Any builder who says otherwise either hasn’t taken delivery of their kit, or haven’t thumbed through the plans yet… paper cuts count too. I myself have been on the receiving end and gotten a few wounds to prove it. Today was one of those days. I was maybe a bit overzealous when I was contour sanding and ended up stabbing myself with a pointy corner of fiberglass, flox, and micro. It smarted a bit. What to do when you are bleeding, want to press on making progress, and don’t want to bleed all over the airplane…. you make a Man-daide of course. (Name shamefully stolen from Jeff Lange) A little paper towel and duct tape and we are off and running.


The Man-daide is the most exciting thing that happened in the shop today. Other than that, I spent 5 hours contour sanding today, and it really doesn’t look like much got done. I am getting closer, but there is still quite a bit of material to remove, and I have only gotten about 1/4 of the way down the canopy rails. Tomorrow, Greg will be here, and we should get more contouring done.





2 thoughts on “Man-daide

  1. Joe, Been there, done that! Lol! How are you prepping the glass prior to micro fill? Mike

    Sent from my iPad


    1. Just been doing it by hand with 36 grit. No sanding block. It is tedious and takes a while, but works fine. With the surface rough up I got, I’m confident of adhesion. I know some people sand blast and if I had one, or convenient access to one, I probably would have used that.

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