Saturday, July 30, 2011

Quest AS-1 Escort Build Part 11 Gap Caps

Step 12
The instructions have you mark the front end of the center tube 1/8" from the top of the miter cut.
Without making this miter cut, I have no reference to make this mark. Using the center tube miter guide I found this mark point to be 7/8" from the front of the center tube.

Wrap a straight strip of paper around the center tube at the 7/8" mark. Draw a pencil line all the way around the tube.

This gap cap piece is thin, flimsy and frustrating. You’ll need that line around the circumference of the tube for better alignment.

I found it easier to tack the gap cap ring in place with thin CA.
Tack it in place with small drops of CA to get it in good position for a white glue fillet to follow. If you use too much CA, the white glue fillet won’t stick very well.

Apply a white glue fillet and let dry.
Then, after the white glue is dry, apply some CA to the gap cap ring. This will stiffen it up for sanding. You will have to sand this ring for it to slide into the nose tube.

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