On the Gear

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The project made a dramatic change when it came off the rotisserie and sat for the first time on it's own gear.  It took six years to get it this far and it looked about half done.  The wings would be the next goal along with the engine, instrument panel, cowl, windshield, wiring, rigging and hundreds of smaller projects that took another seven years to complete!

I assembled everything to the fuselage that was completed including the tail, bubble doors, and the turtle deck and it started to actually look like an airplane. It was now time to start the wings!  

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Time for Fabric

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 With the Fuse painted, it was now ready to fabric cover. However before I tackled the largest fabric covered component I decided to first test my skills on some smaller parts. The Turtle Deck was my first experiment in learning the fabric cover process.  I researched various covering methods and products and decided on The Poly Fiber System.  I liked the Instruction Manual and I also attended a two day class which helped me gain some confidence. But the most important aspect was the product itself.  The Poly Fiber System is durable, easy to install and easy to repair.

In the photo above the fabric has been glued to one side of the Turtle Deck and is in the process of being heat shrunk.  The next ironing at the highest temp setting will smooth the wrinkles away.