14.2.3 Final Primer on Lower Fuselage

This entry is part 24 of 38 in the series 14 - Final Assembly / FInishing

Now that the bottom is in full spotted dog effect, the radius between the fuselage and the strake is done. I don’t understand why we waited until after the first coat of primer, but that’s how Malcolm says he does it.

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And the lower winglet to wing intersection gets the radius is done.

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Here are the main gear doors and the main gear mini-doors.

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And here we have the bottom of the plane and parts after the final coat of gray primer.

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At this point I went over the bottom with a flashlight and pencil marking all the little tiny pinholes. Then we filled them filler. Once that set up we did a final sanding of the spots and repeated about four more times.  Malcolm’s philosophy is with every pass, you get 90% of the flaws. So by the time we were done, we had (hopefully) filled 95% of the flaws in the surface

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Then we got ready for white primer.

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Here’s a picture taken from “the loft”. It’s the only way I could get the whole plane in the picture.

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I’ve never been that good spraying so I deferred to Malcolm. I did the mixing making sure that Malcolm always had paint for the gun.

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Once the paint had cured I decided that flying in this primer was going to be just fine.  The finish of this primer is better than the paint on the Cessna.

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