Covering

I have chosen to go with the Poly-Fibre process because it is well proven, available locally in Melbourne and well documented. During the construction process, I had the Piet all assembled so the first thing to do was to disassemble everything. I took everything off the fuse and put all the fittings etc in separate labeled plastic bags. The undercarriage, tailwheel and wheels were sent off for powder coating.

The completed (un-varnished, unpainted, uncovered) Piet on display at our local Chapter display.

 On re-assembly, I varnished the fuse again with two coats of Estapol 7800. All items that would not be accessible after covering were reinstalled in the fuse.

IMG_0215_JPG IMG_0216_JPGThe completed cockpit, varnished and all instruments fitted and wired. I even fitted a small bracket for a handheld radio. The antenna is installed behind the rear seat.

IMG_0213_JPGVHF Radio antenna mounted (upside down, radio waves don’t know that!) behind the rear seat.

IMG_0223_JPGCalibrating the iron prior to use

IMG_0212_JPGPart of the tail feathers with two coats of Poly-Brush (3:1) ready for some fabric

IMG_0225_JPGVertical and horizontal stabilizer complete except for the leading/trailing edge tapes

IMG_0248_JPGTails feathers complete except for the leading/trailing edge tapes

IMG_0245_JPGFuse ready for the turtle deck tapesIMG_0247_JPGSome of the fittings re-installed

IMG_0249_JPGTop and bottom covering on the center section

IMG_0250_JPGFuselage, center section and tail feathers all complete except for the finishing edge tapes

IMG_0256_JPGFuselage and tail feathers all complete and another temporary fitting to check control cable exits

IMG_0259_JPGControl cable exits cut in fuse covering

IMG_0263_JPGControl cable exits covered with fairings

IMG_0324_JPGOne wing ready for rib stitching

IMG_0332_JPGOne wing covered and ready for paint