Day 30 - Registration and filling      Hours today: 26      Hours so far: 260

Starting the filling. 26 hours indicates a great deal of preparing, sanding down, filling, re-sanding, re-filling of both wings. I took the time to get the wings, flaps and ailerons filled and smooth, ready for covering. Any rough part, rivet head or staple hole was sanded, cleaned and then filled, then sanded again. Then I varnished any wood component which will not be touched by glue. They have had at least 2 coats, end grains have had 3, and I have run out of varnish!

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Since the last day's building, I'd visited Aircraft Coverings to buy paint and other supplies. They are the UK importer of the Polyfiber system. I picked up some Superfil, a very lightweight filler - Terry had warned me that filler can seriously add weight, and I did not want to scrimp on making my plane look smooth. This filler is not cheap, but it works very well, is tough, and sticks to most surfaces. The varnish is two part epoxy - 27 from my local chandlers - don't be surprised when you open the tin and it is not full! This is good stuff (or so my cousin tells me - he's chief chemist at International Paints!).

Registering my plane with the CAA. Use this form and follow the guidelines. You can call them to find out which are the current in-sequence registrations. These will cost 50, any others add a further 150 to the bill. The CAA made a mistake with my first (in-sequence) choice, so offered an out of sequence one as an apology! My kit has become G-ESCP for free!

An example of the filling. I've spent ages cleaning the whole kit, then preparing any rough part, then filling. This picture shows that the strut bracket needs a bit more fine sanding, and that I also filled the join between the spar and the false ribs. In fact, I'm glad the filler is so lightweight!

My inspector is coming in a couple of days. Hmm, time to find out if any of this is right! Next page