Cutting the fiberglass
cloth on a 45 degree angle.
Cut into strips. The next
step, not shown, is to completely soak each piece with the
A thin layer of Vasaline
is spread on the whole area as a release agent.
There are two layers of
fiberglass cloth and a top layer of peel ply, which is just
aircraft fabric. The peel ply gives the glass cloth a
smoother finish which makes it easier to prep for paint.
After these two layers cure, I
will remove the peel ply and then use filler to smooth the
edge where the windshield meets the airframe. Then one or
maybe two more layer of glass will go on top of that. Should
This is the first time
making fiberglass fairings by myself. When I made the tail
fairing, I had the help and guidance of my neighbor (a
Velocity builder) who is an expert with fiberglass.
To make this fairing, I
discussed the procedure with him again to make sure I knew
how to do it, but it's a lot different 'flying solo'.