Tuesday January 30th, 2007|
Left Wingtip Lens
Today I started working on the wingtips in earnest. First step is to do the lenses so I can determine exactly where I want to put the landing light and position/strobe light. You don't want anything too close to the lens because the heat from the bulbs can melt it.
Doing these lenses is a lot like doing a small canopy. I found the trick to be to get the lens to first fit at the outter-most point and the forward-most point (as they would be on the plane) then let the top and bottom (where the screws are going to be) overlap the lip of the mounting flange. Once you're to that point you can just mark the trim the lines from there. Otherwise you're cutting a little off the aft edge...then a little off the other edge...and back and forth. It's hard to describe but after doing the canopy this stuff is a breeze. This is the left lens...I still need to do the right one. You can see the cleco on either side of the lens. Those are where #6 screws will go. I still need to final sand this thing but I'm going to wait until the right side is done before I whip out the 1000+ grit sandpaper.
And oh yeah...I know the lens is dirty...it kind of gets that way. I have to use some plexiglass cleaner on it.