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Builder:
  Peter McBain
Location:
  Roxby Downs, SA - Australia
Aircraft:
  RV-9A
Total Build Hours:
  1797
Web Site:
  http://www.mykitlog.com/PeterMac/

Date:  11-24-2022
Number of Hours:  5.00
Short Description:  Top Cowl Oil Door

I soent today working on the top cowl oil door. Rather than the standard Vans piano hinge and wing-nut style fasteners, I opted to go with a hidden hinge and flush, quarter-turn fasteners, for a more streamlined look. Besides, those wing-nut fasteners are just plain ugly.

I spent ages carefully laying out the opening, leaving enough fibreglass to securely and safely mount the fastener recepticles. I gave myself a 3/8" flange for the door to close against. Also, when determining the position of the hinge I needed to be careful that it was positioned in such a manner to allow the door to open without hitting against the cowl.

To help take a little stress off the rivets, I added a small amount of tank sealant to the fastener recepticles to help bond them to the underside of the fibreglass cowl. I'll do the same when rivetting the hinge pieces.




I spent ages laying out the oil door hole before cutting





Inside view of the hidden oil door hinge and quarter turn fasteners





Happy with how this is turning out

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