We are doing relatively boring tasks at the moment, hence the slow-down here and on our Flickr photostream. Tom has been working on the chain way hatch, whilst I have been fairing.
I foolishly used our glue powder (95% aerosil with 5% phenolic microballoons) in the fairing mixture used in the photo below. I sanded it immediately as it cured, but it was still incredibly hard. With the temperature at 39.3°C (103°F), it was an extremely challenging task. Now I’m using a powder comprised of approximately 50% aerosil, 25% Q-cell and 25% phenolic microballoons, which seems to be a good balance between strength, flexibility and sanding-ease. The extreme temperatures have not abated, so I’m hoping that my efforts will be rewarded with the loss of several kilograms in weight.