I never do things the easy way....
I started the cowling a week or so ago. As is my standard I feel I need to "improve" things a little. In the case of the cowling I am using quarter turn fasteners (I did this on the 9 as well and was glad I did) and I'm doing some cosmetic alterations as well. This cowling is much larger than the one on the 9 and there were times when it was difficult to get the lower cowling on and off. For the 10 I decided to cut the snorkel section out to make it easier to work with while installing and removing. That requires lots of work and a bunch more quarter turn fasteners. You will see what I mean below. Once that is complete there is a strong possibility that I will split the lower cowling in half so that I can install/remove one side at a time. more fiberglass work and more quarter turn fasteners. I'll make that call once I have the scoop complete.
|Both cowl halves fitted to the airframe. You can see the line on the upper cowl where I measured forward 3" from the blue line for a cut line. The bottom cowl will get cut once I have fitted the top cowl.|
|Here both the top and bottom cowl halves have been fitted to the firewall. I still have some work on the horizontal line but its getting close!|
|Using these aluminum scrap pieces I positioned them such that I could hold the scoop in a precise position. Then I used my dremel and a hacksaw blade to cut along the blue line.|
|Skip ahead several hours and this is what it looks like. The scoop has been cut out and the flange has been glassed in under it. (See picture below)|
|This is the inside of the lower cowl where you can see the fiberglass flange being worked on. I still have two layers of glass and lots of sanding/filling/etc to do before this is done.|