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Gallery #8 “Covering”

Bare tailplane sealed with red nitrate dope and ready for covering.
Bare tailplane sealed with red nitrate dope and ready for covering.
Stits Polyfiber being applied to the tailplane. One large piece of cloth glued to the wooden structure using Stits Polytak beginning along the middle of the D-nose ply on one side, then progressively gluing along the ribs and around the trailing edge then along the ribs on the reverse side and finally with a wide glued area along the other side of the D-nose ply. Smaller fabric pieces were then wrapped and glued around the front of the tailplane nose to overlap the aft piece of cloth.
Stits Polyfiber being applied to the tailplane. One large piece of cloth glued to the wooden structure using Stits Polytak beginning along the middle of the D-nose ply on one side, then progressively gluing along the ribs and around the trailing edge then along the ribs on the reverse side and finally with a wide glued area along the other side of the D-nose ply. Smaller fabric pieces were then wrapped and glued around the front of the tailplane nose to overlap the aft piece of cloth.
Gluing of Polyfiber on first side of D-nose.
Gluing of Polyfiber on first side of D-nose.
Trimming fabric on the tailplane tip and leaving sufficient to cover the flat tip end completely.
Trimming fabric on the tailplane tip and leaving sufficient to cover the flat tip end completely.
With the two wing strut fitting straps removed, a long strip of Stits Polyfiber was glued along the bottom of the fuselage. The fabric hidden by the straps was well sealed using red nitrate dope and then silver butyrate dope, then the two wing strut fitting straps installed permanently.
With the two wing strut fitting straps removed, a long strip of Stits Polyfiber was glued along the bottom of the fuselage. The fabric hidden by the straps was well sealed using red nitrate dope and then silver butyrate dope, then the two wing strut fitting straps installed permanently.
Part of fuselage side covering glued in place. Note temporary wooden struts fitted to main wing strut root attachment to support aircraft when inverted (engine in place).
Part of fuselage side covering glued in place. Note temporary wooden struts fitted to main wing strut root attachment to support aircraft when inverted (engine in place).
Maya fuselage covered with bare Stits Polyfiber, glued to airframe using Stits Polytak.
Maya fuselage covered with bare Stits Polyfiber, glued to airframe using Stits Polytak.
Maya fuselage covered with bare Stits Polyfiber, glued to airframe using Stits Polytak.
Maya fuselage covered with bare Stits Polyfiber, glued to airframe using Stits Polytak.
Covering painted metal parts with paper prior to sealing the fabric with red nitrate dope.
Covering painted metal parts with paper prior to sealing the fabric with red nitrate dope.
Fabric covering used to create small fillet fairing at fin root. Side without fillet.
Fabric covering used to create small fillet fairing at fin root. Side without fillet.
Fabric covering used to create small fillet fairing at fin root. Side with fillet.
Fabric covering used to create small fillet fairing at fin root. Side with fillet.
Alternate view showing Polyfiber covering applied to fuselage bottom.
Alternate view showing Polyfiber covering applied to fuselage bottom.
Alternate view of fuselage side covering.
Alternate view of fuselage side covering.
Near view of fuselage bottom covering after installing wing strut root fitting straps.
Near view of fuselage bottom covering after installing wing strut root fitting straps.
Complete covered fuselage after sealing with one coat of red nitrate dope, then protecting with one brushed coat of silver butyrate dope and a light sand back. Ready for second (sprayed) coat of silver butyrate dope.
Complete covered fuselage after sealing with one coat of red nitrate dope, then protecting with one brushed coat of silver butyrate dope and a light sand back. Ready for second (sprayed) coat of silver butyrate dope.
Preparing Maya airframe for second coat of silver butyrate dope (sprayed) and two top colour coats of Stits Polytone.
Preparing Maya airframe for second coat of silver butyrate dope (sprayed) and two top colour coats of Stits Polytone.
Lightly sanding Maya wings prior to second coat of silver butyrate dope (sprayed).
Lightly sanding Maya wings prior to second coat of silver butyrate dope (sprayed).
Spray painting first top coat. Stits Polytone Bahama Blue.
Spray painting first top coat. Stits Polytone Bahama Blue.
Spray painting fuselage of Maya ultralight.
Spray painting fuselage of Maya ultralight.

 


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