My least favorite part of building the airplane
has to be doing fiberglass work. That said, the
amount on an RV isn’t really that much. Hopefully you can
find something in here that will make the job a little easier or less
There are two schools of thought as to when the right time is to do this work. I think it will depend on your
circumstances. I didn’t want to do this work until
I was finished moving, that way the additional pieces took up less
space, and I didn’t have to worry about them getting messed
up. But you may find it easier to do the tips and fairings as
It doesn’t matter when you do it, eventually you have to put down the
rivet gun, cover up your arms so they don’t itch for a week, and get to it. Here are my thoughts on each of the
pants and leg fairings
And here are some other tips
and techniques I picked up during this process.
Tell Us About Your Fiberglass Experience
As you can see, I had only a few fiberglass parts to work. Did you have more to do on your project? Did you build a fiberglass airframe? Share the things you did and learned with the rest of us. Kit Plane Advice readers want to hear your story. Tell us about laying up large pieces, tips on getting that perfectly smooth finish, how to make plugs that easily remove from the final piece, or any other fiberglass related topic.
Or, if you want to ask a question about Fiberglass not already addressed here, please do so.
I will respond to all entries.