Tuesday, 7 April 2009

A ruddery repair - part 2

The first order of business was to make good the bit at the top of the rudder that I'd had to grind off. This called for many (around a dozen) layers of double-thickness glass cloth, bonded in with epoxy resin, plus a bit of fairing filler here and there to perfect the shape. My aim was to get things looking exactly as they had before being attacked with the grinder.

Battle commences - all the materials laid out ready...

The first layers of glass fibre go on.

Building it up - addition of some thickener to the resin helps to reach the right profile.

Looks precarious, but it made sense for the next stage of the repair...

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