Fiberglass is something that I have never worked with before. The RV10 is an aluminum plane, so what do I need fiberglass for? Well, there is actually quite a bit of fiberglass on the -10. The parts that I am now concerned with are the fiberglass tips for all of the tail feathers.
Having NO fiberglass experience, I turned to someone who does. My EAA tech councilor Gary. In addition to the -10 that he has now, Gary has built quite a few planes, including a few fiberglass planes like a Glastar and a Glasair that was an Oshkosh award winner. He knows his fiberglass!
So Gary was kind enough to stop over last night and give me a rundown of the basics and help me get started by cutting down one of the elevator tips and getting it fastened up. Between the fiberglass lesson, my hundreds of questions, and just chatting about airplanes and aircraft building, I probably put about an hour of actual work in on the plane!
Today was a different story. I managed to get tip fairings for the elevators and rudders (top and bottom) cut, drilled, and cleco’d in place. I even managed to get a first pass of some epoxy mixed with microballoons (microscopic glass bubbles used to thicken epoxy) applied to a few low spots that were in the fiberglass from the factory.
Everything will have to sit to let the epoxy cure, and then tomorrow, I will hopefully start fitting the tips on the horizontal stab and vertical stab.