On Saturday I swapped labor with my friend Michelle. She needed a new Radiator installed in her Subaru, I needed help doing the lay up on the cowl mold. Michelle used to work for me at Triumph Vought. I was her lead engineer on the Embraer 190.195/175 Rudder and Elevator Program. We both were the first two people assigned to that program. We spent quite a few months together in San Jose Dos Compos Brazil. The home of Embraer and Santos Dumont, the early Brazilian aviation pioneer. Michelle and I did all of the preliminary design and lay out of these control surfaces. I met Michelle when we were both studying to get our Pilots license. I am quite satisfied with my private Pilots license, but Michelle had a much higher calling than me. She wants to be a Mission Pilot for MAF or JAARS. In order to do this she needs a commercial pilots license and an A&P license. She needs tail dragger time and about 500 hours. So at my suggestion she bought a damaged 1946 Taylorcraft and has been working this past year on its restoration. Michelle is one ambitious woman!!
The tool had been previously prepped for the Gel coat with a coat of Partall 10 PVA release agent. This is a water soluble release agent, and like I have mentioned before, I have never had a part stick when I used PVA
|ready for mixing|
|shooting Gel Coat|
here you can see me and the gel coat gun. I have a fan blowing all the overspray out the main door. the idea here is to get an even but thick coat. Its not too critical if the gel coat starts to run, the surface of the tool is already covered.
|opposite side ready to go|