When I bought N11018 in August 2011, it also included a box of miscellaneous stuff and in that box were some fiberglass fairings that “clean up” the area where the lift strut attaches to the wing. They weren’t painted, but the silicone/caulking material that was left on the underside of the wing tells me they [...]

It’s self-explanatory, but here are some pix that may assist you in your Tailwind build.

I spent the past month installing the wings and rigging the flaps and ailerons, installing some RV gear leg stiffeners, and installing ultralight wheel pants. The RV gear leg stiffeners came from Flyboy Accessories. The wheel pants came from an ultralight supplier on eBay. These last two pictures are for admiration only. N11018 was built [...]

Look carefully and you can see how the two bottom panels fit into the sides. The yellow tape is what I used to create the straight lines for cutting along the curved surface (briefly discussed here). Now it’s time to fiberglass it in place.

Bye bye, oil screen. Hello, oil filter. As mentioned in previous posts, oil changes were not an easy task on my Tailwind mainly because of the removal, inspection, and reinstallation of the oil screen. I’ll spare the details, but trust me when I say it was a PITA! I’ve installed an Airwolf Remote Mount Oil [...]

This is super simple. The screen is soldered to the threaded cap. Once you’ve removed it from the engine, simply heat up the solder with a blowtorch and work it free. I found this easiest done by holding it inverted in a drill, then slowly spinning it as the torch was heating it up. Eventually [...]

I designed the oil access door in SolidWorks. Using the large, flat piece of material that was cut out of the bottom of the cowl, I asked my buddy at work to lasercut the part out for me. It turned out really nice. This access opening will be 1-inch wider and 1-inch taller than the [...]

The cowl is mounted, but it’s a long way from finished. The next task is to work on the air intake section of the lower cowl. The previous cowl had a snorkel-type system which required fiberglassing skills that I don’t have. Furthermore, by installing a C-150 air filter I’m gonna have to build the lower [...]

The new exhaust system consists of four individual pipes, each between 28-32″ long which means they definitely need support at both ends. Using some 1/8″ all-thread and some 16-gauge (1/16″) chromoly scrap from work, I fashioned up some hangers that provide some spring/shock-absorption to the exit end of the pipes. The pipes are 1.5″ diameter, [...]