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Date:  4-8-2013
Number of Hours:  5.50
Manual Reference:  ch 13
Brief Description:  Underside Nose Glass

The time has come to glass the underside of the nose. I was trying to avoid this because I was convinced that it would be a PITA unless I could turn the Fuselage upside down. However, I was able to prop it up to about 20 degrees and decided to give it a try. I will say, laying the first ply was horrible trying to get it to stay in position. After the 1st, the others weren't too bad. I am glad that I didn't have to flip the airplane over though. Anyways, I first added blocks of floam to the underside nose gear well in order to fill the voids. I then sanded, slurried, filled, and glassed with 1 ply UNI and 2 plies BID. The way I did it however allowed an overlap underneath that built it up to 7 plies of glass total. Being that this will need to be strong in the "event" of a gear up landing, I thought a healthy 9 plies of glass between the inside and out would be beneficial. Peel ply finished up the day and tomorrow I will lay up1 more ply of UNI on the TOP of the Nose, finishing up the nose glass work. :)
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