On January 13th the fiber-glassing process started with the wing tip floats. This is my first experience working with fiber-glass.
Peter has a big sheet of the stuff. The first step was to cut out the pieces for covering the floats by creating the least amount of waste possible, it’s expensive stuff!
The pieces need to be over-sized so you have enough to work with. Looking at the image below, from left to right, the pieces are:
- Two for the back concave curve of the floats
- Then the pieces for the sides
- Then pieces for the top & bottom of the floats
Once you have all the pieces for the day ready you mix up a batch of epoxy and stir it well to ensure the chemical reaction is complete.
After picking a starting point you lay a piece of fiber-glass across the appropriate float surface and brush the glue on ensuring to cover the entire surface area prior to moving on to the next piece.
Once all pieces are glued on you hang them to dry, not worrying about any excess, as seen in the pictures below.