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Steve & Nancy Riffe
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Date:  9-30-2016
Number of Hours:  2.00
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Brief Description:  Cowling foil-1

Took a ride (vehicle) over to 52F today to meet up with good friend and fellow -8 builder, Bill and Brenda at GloCustom paint shop. Very exciting to look over his -8 (superb build), swap some stories and also get a look at Grady’s paint shop. Someday, I hope to be visiting there for a splash of paint. Upon returning, I found a care package containing baggage door parts and some heat reflective foil. Seeing Bill’s -8 was a motivator, so I jumped back to work in the shop. I used some blue painter’s paper to cut out a pattern for the foil. After checking it several times, I cut the foil for center part of the lower cowl. Nancy helped me get the foil in place—need several sets of hands for this job. We peeled back several inches of the backing paper and stuck the foil at the fore end of the cowling. Then we peeled and smoothed the foil all the way to the end—had to cut a couple of darts about 8” from the aft end to get the foil to lay flat. This stuff is very sticky and once in place you ain’t moving it for a do over. Got some small wrinkles, but was able to flatten them by rolling with a short piece of PVC pipe. Next we used another pattern and cut out the foil for the left side. Hope to get it and the right side finished up tomorrow.
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Making a pattern

Making a pattern

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First piece stuck down

First piece stuck down

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L. side cut, ready to apply

L. side cut, ready to apply

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