Completed Tricycle Gear Leg and Wheel Fairings (section 46) and finished installing the interior and empennage fairing

Trimmed and fit the intersection fairings. I reinforced them with flox per the plans. Drilled them out. Installed the nut plates in the wheel pants. Put everything back together. Gear fairing complete!


Prepared and installed the nose gear leg close out.


Mounted the fire extinguisher. Installed all of the carpets with adhesive velcro strips. I really like the Classic Aero carpets. They came with the trim rings for the power outlet and fuel selector. Looks nicely finished. Installed the fancy 3d printed rudder pedal extensions with my N number on them.


Pulled her out into the driveway and mounted the tail feathers. Remy helped me to trim and install the empennage fairing.


Today’s Time (hours): 20.00
Finish kit (hours): 393.0
Total Time (hours): 1127.0

Work continues on Fairings and Interior

Sorry… I’ve been remiss in posting my progress over the last week or so.

After failed attempts at mounting the nose gear fairing using magnets to locate the holes, I re-glassed the the faring to fill the errant holes and and scuffed of the the gel coat in order to locate them visually. This was SOOOOO much easier. I highly recommend not trying to locate the holes with the magnets as per the plans. Just take off the gel coat and do it visually. Save yourself a lot of time and heart ache.


Finished up the main and nose gear fairings.




Followed the plans to mount trim up the nose leg fairing and install the hinge that holds it together.


Installed the nose leg fairing.


Followed a similar process for the main leg fairings. Note the scuffed off gel coat where I needed to match drill… fool me once…


Installed the Crow five-point restraint system.


Deburred, prepped, painted and installed the interior panels… Flap motor housing, seat ramps, control column covers, the center cover that came with the Classic Aero carpets, etc.


Had to fabricate a new version of the mounting panel and cover for the fuse block. The one I originally made held the fuse block too low and when I installed the tunnel cover, it interfered with the lower power stud of the fuse black and would have created a short circuit.



Today’s Time (hours): 36.0
Finish kit (hours): 373.0
Total Time (hours): 1107.0

Started Tricycle Gear Leg and wheel Fairings (Section 46A) and other misc stuff.

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Filled and bled the brakes. Used a pump type oiler to fill the system from the bleeder valves.



Installed my data plate and N number. I made the N number out of vinyl using my Cricut vinyl cutter. I ordered the data plate from


Installed the com and transponder antennas.


Can you tell I’ve been procrastinating at the prospect of starting another fiber glass project? Trimmed and fit the forward and aft halves of the main gear fairings. Cut the hole for the gear legs. Deburred and primed all of the gear brackets. Machine countersunk the main gear brackets and riveted the nut plates on. Had to pause on the Main gear Legs. Couldn’t find the AN3H-3A bolts to mount the brackets anywhere. Ordered new ones from spruce and turned my attention to the nose gear.


Fabricated the nose gear stand-offs using an angle grinder, a file and the drill press.


Made a minor mod to the garage. Installed a D-ring so that I could use a ratchet strap to the tail tie-down ring to lift the nose wheel.


I set the breakout force on the nose gear using a digital fish scale and some safety wire.



I upgraded the nose gear axle to the Matco one. This place an extra AN3 bolt through the gear fork. It interfered with the right wheel fairing bracket. So I cut a bit out to make room.


Trimmed the nose gear fairing halves, fit and match drilled them together. Mounted it on the brackets and futzed with the whole thing for a while to get it straight.  Used a plumb bob to drop a longitudinal reference line to the floor. Had to use magnets to transfer the hole locations. They kept moving. Drilled multiple extra holes that I’ll have to fill later. Pure fuckery but managed to get everything situated reasonably straight.



Today’s Time (hours): 14.0
Finish kit (hours): 337.0
Total Time (hours): 1071.0