The last thing to do is close-out the top of the MLG area. The plans have you leave two small diameter holes for inspection access to the MLG. Since I routed the brake lines on top of the MLG, I needed slightly bigger holes to ensure I could get to the brake lines if needed.
|Trace out the round corner rectangles using a template|
After following the plans to glass one side of the PVC foam, cut it to shape, and fit the pieces to the MLG bulkhead area, I traced rectangular panels symetrically on the port and starboard side of the horizontal panel.
|View of bottom of panel with inspection panels cut out|
at a roughly 45 degree angle before installation in fuselage.
|After the the full panel is fitted and floxed in place and|
inspection holes are taped up with box tape.
|Glassed 2xBID over the inpection panel covers in place.|
I placed the inpection panels in place with dry micro around the edges to help create a nice clean and gapless seal. After cleaning up the excess micro that squeezed out the top, I glassed over the panesl with 2xBID extending past the edges of the panels approx 1". I peel ply'd and allowed it to cure.
|Inspection Panels, one trimmed up, one not, after being|
removed after cure.
After cure, I popped them lose and trimmed the edges of the covers to approx 1/2" wide and cleaned up the excess micro. I think the only thing I'll do to secure them is maybe use a dab of clear silicone sealent in a few spots. That should keep them in place with no rattles. In theory, I'll only need to remove them every once in a while to inspect the top of the gear or brake lines.
|Inspection panels fit nicely !|
Finished ! Nice MLG inspection panels that provide access while helping keep out unecessary noise.
Chapter 9 Complete...On to the first airfoil !