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Builder:
  Bob Collins
Location:
  Woodbury, MN - USA
Aircraft:
  RV-12
Total Build Hours:
  244
Web Site:
  http://www.mykitlog.com/bcollinsmn/

Date:  08-26-2017
Number of Hours:  3.00
Short Description:  Finished right wing light fairing

I doubt the time spent taping the area around the light fairing is worth the effort for the "perfect" fillet of ProSeal, the super sticky fuel tank sealant used as an adhesive on the bottom of the fairing. Once you start riveting it, the sealant squeezes out. Then you create a fillet with a Popsicle stick, with the extra sealant going into the electrical tape, which is quickly removed before the sealant sets up. Meh.

Also, of course, I labeled and double checked the pin assignments for the three wires from the wing root and added female molex connectors and placed them in the male molex housing.

[Update: Notice anything wrong in these pictures? Yep, I forgot to bolt the light bracket in place before installing the fairing/extension. It's not impossible to do it after the fact, but it's no fun. Bending some wrenches and using long pinky fingers, I was able to get all of the nuts to start on the top screws and tighten them down.

Of course, by then I realized I also forgot to add the washers to stand the bracket off the fairing enough for the locking mechanism of the light to work. I loosened them all up, put two aluminum shims under the bracket and tightened the top two screws down (actually bottom screws once the wing is flipped rightside up.

The problematic nut/screw, of course, was the one where the clay plug makes a space for it in the flox/epoxy. I was eventually able to get the nut started, but that was about it. So after getting it in place, I mixed up more flox/epoxy and carefully put it in place around the nut and screw to, essentially capture it and lock it in place.]




Ready to rivet





Riveted in place. Fillet not yet made





Done

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