July 7, 2017

Nearly there

I couldn’t sleep so got up early (for me!) this morning and after breakfast rubbed down and top-coated the Savannah’s repaired nose wheel faring. After searching unsuccessfully for ‘proper’ white spray undercoat I decided to take a chance and use all that I could find, which was the kind of undercoat that you use to cover damp patches on ceilings and walls.

In fact it seemed to work surprisingly well and despite my spraying it on fairly thickly, it seemed impossible to make it run as it must contain some kind of ‘thick’ ingredient that masks up the stains.

I was worried that despite being produced by the same maker, the top coat that I’d bought might not be compatible, but my fears were allayed when it covered beautifully and uniformly. It hasn’t achieved the level of gloss that I’m looking for as the following pictures show, but it’s early days and I can try flatting it down again and polishing it and even, if necessary, giving it another coat.

The first picture below shows the damaged faring still in place on the nose wheel and the following ones the painted repair. As you can see, the faring was quite badly split.

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But that’s it for the day. We’re expecting a high of 36 degrees Celsius today so that’ll mean that I’ll have to stay in the cool. However, after tomorrow we’re expecting a week of cooler weather (mid-20s) so as I only have two hospital appointments, I should be able to get the X-Air finished off and more done on the Savannah.

Next thing today is that I’m thinking of carrying out a preemptive strike on my hair, which is now falling out quite rapidly. I don’t want to look like a badly plucked chicken so I’m thinking about having it cropped all over to just a few millimetres, which may make me look like a gritty US marine (he said hopefully). Then, by the time I end up looking like Ross Kemp maybe nobody will notice the difference 😉