Ah, the cowling! If there was a more iterative process on this project, I don’t know where it is. The only way to fit this to the plane is to have it on and off about 300 times. To top it off, it is obviously one of the most visible parts of the plane and one where your fiberglassing talent (or lack thereof) is most obvious. Here’s a gallery of photos I took as I struggled through this part of the project.
If there ever was a photo to prove that I did not have professional assistance in this project, it’s this one! I needed some weight to hold the oil door down while the micro cured so I grabbed a few surplus bricks, a left over piece of flooring and two pieces of 2×4 to construct this highly sophisticated hold down. Hey, you do what you have to, and it worked!