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Date:  9-13-2020
Number of Hours:  12.50
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Brief Description:  Windscreen Cont'd Again

I keep inching closer to getting the windscreen finished. I've got the interior nose of the winscreen frame and cowling painted in epoxy black. This will eventually be covered in a vinyl wrap called 2020 Indescructible Wrap-Black by Vvivid. It's not actually indestructible, or else I'd be using it all over the plane. But it is relatively thick and heavily textured. It should ensure anything I need to set down doesn't slide off too easily, doesn't reflect too much light, and doesn't scratch too readily. The epoxy is the backfill, to make sure that a poot wrap job doesn't show up too badly.

I also cut out the hole in the cowling for the HUD projection, as well as the cover plate for the hole prior to installation. And I have the fiberglass windscreen bow nearly finished. The fist two layers of fiberglass are on, and I followed that by bedding a 3/4" x 1/8" aluminum bar bent to match the aft arch of the windscreen. I've layered another sheet of fiberglass over the aluminum, and covered the fiberglass bow in micro. (Micro, for the sane people who don't play with fiberglass, is epoxy resin mixed with an insanely fine powder until you get a fairly dry slurry. This is the stuff you use in lieu of Bondo on airplane fiberglass, becuase body filler is heavy.)

Now I need to sand and finish the fiberglass bow, finish the windscreen cowling over the bow, paint the rest of the interior of the windscreen with White Epoxy, mount the windscreen frame, wrap the instrucment cowling with the 2020 Indescructible Wrap-Black, caulk the windscreen frame, and then install the cast acrylic windows. When I write that all out like that it sounds like a lot.
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