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I left the cowl unpainted during Phase I in case modifications were necessary for cooling, etc. Once Phase I was completed, we painted and striped the cowl. I applied 3M polyurethane tape to the extended cowl lip and nose gear leg for FOD protection.
thanks for the updates,i will look into that instrument cover and edging, sure helps when someones done it first and looks good. i went to my towns airport today agua dulce, ca and hooked up with a lot of old friends and got to see some nice restorations in progress. they were giving rides for $40-60 donations in helicopters, biplanes c206 c182, gave my last minute eurocopter ride to an 8 year old and hopes it lites his fire for aviation. the smile on his face was fantastic
Thanks, Chris! As a matter of fact, I just came back from a test flight after attaching a stainless exhaust extension. The original pipe just barely clears the fuselage and leaves a lot of exhaust stain on the belly, so I added a turn-down extension and pointed the opening away from the belly. It's just a bit quieter and hopefully will diffuse the exhaust and keep the belly cleaner. I live in the beautiful Sequatchie Valley with lots of grass fields (cattle country) and several airstrips, so a good place to be! I originally made a cover of faux suede that was foam backed. The suede was a dirt magnet, so I glued it to the back of a piece of marine grade/UV resistant black vinyl. You can get the same rubber edging as they use to clamp it to the instrument panel cover from McMaster-Carr.
looks terrific,anymore tweaks in the pipeline? are there lots of place where you live to try out the stol capabilities?
and what did you use for the dash cover?
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