Composite fairings, skirts and various other replacement parts
Some time ago, a member was investigating the potential of offering composite, carbon fiber or fiberglass parts as replacements for strut boots, skirts etc. I do not recall who was researching this. Has anything come of this?
I am in a full restoration of a 108-2. Composite fairings would be a welcome find. gn swanson
I saw a comment on either here or fb about someone who made 3D printed molds for the fairings. I inquired but never got a response. It seems genius to me to do it that way. Once someone gets a good 3D mold, that file can be shared with others who can then print it and start laying up carbon or glass.
On kind of a related note, when I owned a tri-pacer, I marveled at Jim Younkin's Mystery Pacer (google it). He cleaned up the cooling drag and added slick fairings, boots, and wheel pants. According to one article, at full power, 7,000 MSL he trued that out at 155mph, that's not a typo. I've thought a "Mystery Stinson" would be beautiful.
Thank you, that was a fun read.
All I can say is that I remember someone talking about both this and the flap hinge covers and I would be interested in all of them. Whoever was looking into this, please respond even if you aren’t doing this anymore.
OK, here is a start,
I found a pair of the cheaper, more flexible rubber C172 fairings. After a little trimming and bending i got this.
Got these from Jeff King, very satified...
Hi Bret, contact Jeff King.
A friend and I are considering making a mold of my clapped out wheel pants and producing glas or CF wheel pants. If the brainstorming results in any throughput, I will definitely share. I would certainly be willing to make a 3D file and distribute if I can find someone with the capability to scan.
Todd, got some pictures to show?