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Zenith 750 Cruzer I've been waiting a long time to get this step complete. This is the fairing I've made to seal off this entire area and gain at least 32 mph in cruise!

My neighbor Len is almost done building a Velocity and is a master with fiberglass. Len showed me today how to properly build a fiberglass fairing.

A month or two ago, I taped off this entire and then shaped Bondo to get the contours I wanted.

   
Zenith 750 Cruzer I really wish I could have taken some photos of the steps along the way, but there was just no time to be messing around with a camera.
   
Zenith 750 Cruzer But, we laid up three layers of cloth. The prep was time consuming as we had to cut the cloth into strips and then soak it with resin. We did this in Len's hangar and then carried the pieces to my hangar to apply.

What you are seeing in the photos is not the fiberglass but the peel-ply laid over the fiberglass. The peel ply gives the outside surface of the fairing a very nice smooth finish that requires very little surface prep for finishing and painting.

   
Zenith 750 Cruzer It's only 64 degrees in my hangar today so I have heat lamps on the fairing. Tomorrow evening I will peel off the peel ply, and then in a few days after the resin is fully cured I will remove the fairing and trim the edges.
   
Zenith 750 Cruzer The hardest part is waiting a few days to see the finished product! So far I think it looks great and I'm very excited to see it after it's all trimmed and fit.

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