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Date:  9-14-2019
Number of Hours:  1.00
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Brief Description:  Wheel Pants & Fairings 5

Next I put the nose pant on. I had to think about where would the tow bar fit to pull the airplane. I finally realized the holes for the fairing bolt needed to be enlarged to accept the tow bar onto these bolts. I have been pulling be the axel bolts. I think these bolts forward of the axel may make pulling and pushing a bit easier.

The leg fairing and the nose pant went on fine. But I had never finished the intersection fairing at the top of the leg fairing to cowl interface. It did not fit well. I need to trim it and reshape it.

The shape was so rough I almost decided to make a new one with custom fit, but first I tried to reshape it with heat. Turns out that works a bit. I clamped the little fairing in place on a piece of wood and applied heat. Then let it cool. The fairing changed shape and stayed changed after cooling. I was able to make it shut fully and then bend it to flat and finally I made an indention for the lower cowl plate.

I used platenuts to install the final nose gear transition fairing. I did not have to remove cowl to do this. i used pulled rivets to attach the patenuts.

You need the top fairing in order to hold the leg fairing. It is either all or non for the nose gear.
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Leg and nose went on fine

Leg and nose went on fine

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Reshaping with heat

Reshaping with heat

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