Replicating Cowl Shape with a hybrid low and high tech method

Replicating the lower cowl shape is moving right along. In the last post we discussed how it was going to be more difficult than the top was to duplicate and mirror since it is more complex. One of the benefits of blogging and posting all about this project is the constructive suggestions I receive. ThomasContinue reading “Replicating Cowl Shape with a hybrid low and high tech method”

More Challenging, but solvable

Today was further proof that the lower cowl certainly is more challenging than the top. Even though I have determined some defining characteristics of the cowl and come up with a plan for the overall approach, it is still a challenge to blend these shapes and features together. It isn’t always intuitive how to blendContinue reading “More Challenging, but solvable”

Lower Cowl Challenges and Features

Update to “This Sucks, But not enough,”: From the last post, there was a lot of discussion on Facebook about my vacuum bagging failure, which is great. My main goal in blogging is to share my learnings with other interested people. There is a treasure trove of information in the Facebook comments, and once IContinue reading “Lower Cowl Challenges and Features”

This Sucks, but not enough

Yesterday was another one of those days in the Garaggio. The day started out amazing with a breakfast flight in the Legacy up to Sedona. A classmate from the first airline I worked for, Ryan, was in town on a layover, so . During the project tours, Ryan asked if I ever had bad daysContinue reading “This Sucks, but not enough”

Preparation

I was hoping to have Tool Cowl Serial Number 2 done by today. But as these project go, multiply time estimates by 2 and add a couple weeks, cost estimates by 3 and add one aviation unit. You’ll be close. The last few days I have been distracted with errands, maintenance on the Legacy (itContinue reading “Preparation”

Prepping For Mold Making

Saturday and Sunday were all about prepping for mold making. As you saw in the last post, the surface was very good as evidenced by the reflections. In the video, you will see more reflections and even better ones from yesterday morning when I called it quits on contour sanding. The majority of the timeContinue reading “Prepping For Mold Making”