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    No skill, just hours of YouTube University study and a phone consultation with Ted Waltman.
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    Finished the cargo area floor. The hole is an access panel for elevator cable pulleys. It now has a CF cover plate. On the list for interior CF is the under seat storage bin, fuel selector cover plate, cargo and cockpit door sill cover, pulley covers and maybe the instrument panel. Rear seat back and bottom and the front seat bottom is already CF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Ed View Post
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    Finished the cargo area floor. The hole is an access panel for elevator cable pulleys. It now has a CF cover plate. On the list for interior CF is the under seat storage bin, fuel selector cover plate, cargo and cockpit door sill cover, pulley covers and maybe the instrument panel. Rear seat back and bottom and the front seat bottom is already CF.
    That is astounding. I'm over here marking out plywood.

    I've done quite a bit of fiberglass/composite work on boats, but carbon fiber just seemed one step too far. Maybe I'll rethink that.

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    Still working on the carbon fiber floor. I made carbon fiber 3/4”x3/4” angle, 13’ of it, cut it into smaller pieces and bonded those to the floor sections using West Systems Six-10 epoxy. The sidewall panels were trimmed to final fit and screw holes were match drilled to the carbon fiber angles. I used Click Bond floating 8-32 nut plates bonded to the angles. You can see those being bonded in one of the photos (pink rubber clamping piece sticking out).

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    I tried my first three dimensional carbon fiber piece. It snaps over the cargo door sill and covers the rudder cable and a pulley below the door. Fabric will wrap over the sill so I put 8 layers of masking tape down to simulate the thickness of the fabric. The CF is five layers which results in 1/16” total thickness and quite stiff. There’s a CF angle bonded to the floor that will have a couple Click Bond nut plates in it to secure the sill cover to.
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    Pulled the under seat storage box off the mold today. Didn’t turn out great but it’s acceptable. I used 2” pink foam board to make the mold. Under vacuum the ends of the foam board compressed a little so the left and right sides are a little wavy. Four layers of CF resulted in the box weighing 1.678 pounds.

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