Installing the Envelope

Most of the fuselage fabric is in a one piece envelope from Jim and Dondi at Aircraft Technical Support. The envelope is made of two pieces of heavy duty fabric, sewn together so that a seam runs along the leading edge of the vertical stabilizer and the left top stringer. The best way to start was to locate the seam along the leading edge of the vertical stabilizer.

Note the clothespins on the leading edge of the VS

Note the clothespins on the leading edge of the VS


Then we draped the rest of the envelope close to where it was supposed to be, and gradually moved it closer to the final position.
Front of the Envelope

Front of the Envelope


As we pulled the edges down, these clothespins would have to come off

As we pulled the edges down, these clothespins would have to come off


Next we pinned the trailing edge of the VS

Next we pinned the trailing edge of the VS


One possible shortcoming of the envelope is that it’s just barely big enough to cover the right side of the fuselage. For someone who doesn’t have the cargo door, this envelope wouldn’t work. Of course Bob’s prototype is the only one I’ve seen without the cargo door.
Right side of the Envelope

Right side of the Envelope


Felicia checks out the progress

Felicia checks out the progress


Looks good!

Looks good!


We started cementing at the leading edge of the vertical stabilizer, then the trailing edge.