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Old 07-16-2006, 08:02 PM
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Hey folks- what I am thinkin of is starting to finish with the West sytem as I go instead of leaving EVERYTHING till last. So in about 4 months after strakes done..start finishing the fuselage and leave it in primer. I say the West system because I want to do the BIG BUILD-UP technique and not go over the surfaces seven times....What say?
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Old 07-16-2006, 09:50 PM
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You cannot go wrong with the west system. In my opinion, it is the best available.

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Old 07-16-2006, 09:57 PM
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I'm not an expert but that's how I did it;
Attached one wing to the strake and filled and sanded, so they can be blended along the lines where they meet. Top and bottom. Later you can do the rest of the fuselage and wings individualy .
Again Dennise, do it at your own risk. I'm not an areonautical engineer.
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Old 07-16-2006, 10:06 PM
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west system for FINISHING, NOT for structural ? is this correct ? TIA.
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Old 07-16-2006, 11:54 PM
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west system for FINISHING, NOT for structural ? is this correct ? TIA.
West System for finishing, NOT Structural is nice, but very expensive. For finishing I used laminating epoxy from marine supply store. Comes in gallon jugs with pumps on top. It was 1/3 of the price of West System. After all 90% ends up on the floor as dust, And you'll be using a lot of it.
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Old 07-17-2006, 02:51 AM
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Dennis , how far along are you ? did you do the canopy yet?
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Old 07-17-2006, 04:07 AM
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I have a premade Featherlight T back,Stevo..and I am comin right up on it to install...
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Old 07-17-2006, 04:09 AM
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To answer directly- yep, got my canopy and side windows from Todd- who I highly recommend-
and I am doin the stanard side mount hinge with a hopeful small alteration to the sealing junction that I think will work and etc.
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Old 07-17-2006, 10:37 AM
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well, that will save you a year or so by following the planes on the canopy
be careful you don't cover where you need to add glass, they slip in little lips now and then which causes you to back fill with micro but more important is that the bond must be made by removing all the micro first
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Old 07-17-2006, 11:13 AM
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west system for FINISHING, NOT for structural ? is this correct ? TIA.
I believe the slow is aproved for structural and I believe the proset is also approved
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Old 07-17-2006, 11:58 AM
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finish with the West sytem as I go instead of leaving EVERYTHING till last.
I'm thinking the same thing Dennis. Who wants to sand for 6 months. I'm going to make sure my stuff is post-cured first though. Another thing to remember is the filler collects dust and hanger rash. Be sure to primer it (like you said). And Stevo, being another painter will back me on this, you'll have to lightly sand then re-prime before you add color. Some people don't understand that primer is no more than the "glue" that bonds the paint to the surface. So don't waste too much time and money on primer.
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