my stock was 1/8 inch, meaning two
more pieces in each gap. Yikes! That was
another 64 pieces to cut!
The next round of slicing went
quickly, and after a few tests, I tapered
one of the new blanks with a few swipes
of my Master Airscrew razor plane. Yes,
the gaps are slightly keystoned, but the
light infill pieces were soft enough that
I was able to press them into place with
only a slight squish.
After I had the parts in place, I
reached in through the nose and tacked
them with thin Zap CA glue, sparingly
dispensed through a Teflon tube to avoid
hard spots while final sanding the outer
surface. Additional small drops of glue
secured the fill strips wherever loose
sections revealed themselves.
Although making a cowl from nearly
100 sliced pieces might sound daunting,
it went surprisingly quickly and the
result is quite lightweight and most
satisfying. I can’t wait to see the finished
model soaring overhead!
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