Leading Edge Foam Inserts and Prep

Leading Edge Foam Inserts and Prep
April 21, 2019 Chris 0 Comments

After reading a bunch of other blogs and forums I decided to take the initiative and add foam inserts to my wing lead edge nose assemblies.

I decided for me, the easiest way to do this was for me to use my CNC Co2 laser cutter. After a few attempts, I was able to get a decent cutout using the laser but found this way of cutting 3/4 inch foam to not be optional although I felt it would be ok for my needs. I think the best way to do this would be to use a wire cutter and template cutting several at once.

The main issue I had was achieving a uniform cut through the foam; the laser tends to be hotter on the top side of cut causing more shrinkage on that side than on the back side.

Rough placement of cut foam nose pieces
Foam inserts glued in place and taped off ready for varnish
Foam in place in covered nose section – post coming

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