Nose pant and leg fairing

Hours Worked = 3.75

With the rear half of the nose wheel pant installed, I needed to fit the front half to fit around both the gear leg and the tire.

After that, I fab’d up a piece of filler fiberglass to close the gap between the rear of the gear leg and the front of the rear pant half. I took it a little farther than the plans call for and made a piece that almost completely fills the gap. This isn’t really necessary, as the only time that gap would be seen is when the plane is parked with it’s nose wheel angled to one side. Otherwise, the gear leg fairing covers that whole area.

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Next, I used the template from the plans to rough cut the nose gear leg fairing. After trimming to the template, I still needed to take a bit more off to have the fairing clear the wheel pant.

Then, after you get a good fit between the leg fairing and the pant with the wheel pointed straight forward, you need to twist the nose wheel side to side. Because of the curving geometry, the wheel pant hits the fairing, and you need to trim back more.

In the end, I found the fastest way to trim this gap was to cleco the fairing onto the gearleg thru one of the #40 holes in the leg’s forward nutplate brackets. That held the the fairing securely in place, so I could twist the nose wheel, mark with a sharpie where the fairing interfered, rotate the wheel away, and trim back with a dremel cutoff wheel. Repeat as needed on both sides until you can turn the nose wheel from stop to stop with no interference, and some breathing room just to be safe.

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