With the access panel fitted and screwed into place, it was time to start working on an intersection fairing.

It's a little tough to see in this picture, but I've covered a large area around the gear leg fairing with clear shelf paper. I've found this stuff to be very useful in protecting the surface from stray epoxy for my wet lay-ups. The adhesive is strong, but not so strong that it won't peel off. It's sort of like a strong Post-It note.

As with other fiberglass work I've done, I used oil-based (not water-based) modeling clay to create my desired shape. The modeling clay is shiny because I've sprayed it with PVA mold release. Actually--about 3 heavy coats of PVA mold release.

Once again, before I break out the resin, I've got all my fiberglass cloth and peel ply cut and standing by. Since the leading and trailing edges of the fairing will require some pretty tight compound bends, I've cut smaller squares "on the bias" for these areas. Cutting "on the bias" means cutting the cloth at a 45 degree angle cross-wise from the normal checkered pattern of the fiberglass cloth. Doing this allows the cloth to bend around complex shapes more easily.

[On a side note, my mother is basically an undeclared professional seamstress and has been for as long as I remember. My younger brother and I have accumulated a wealth of sewing and fabric knowledge via osmosis. It was always a little embarrassing to know so much in Jr. High Home Ec. class, but at least it's coming in handy now!]

Here's the glassed-up fairing covered in peel-ply as best I can. The ideal situation would involve covering every square millimeter with peel-ply, but peel-ply doesn't stretch over the curves nearly as easily as the loose-weave fiberglass cloth. I've found that anything I can over with peel-ply is eminently worth it when it comes time to break out the sandpaper.

Here's the fairing after a fair bit of sanding. I've drawn a rough line where I'm planning to trim. Again, I've found that it's easier to do as much sanding as possible before breaking the part away from the molding surface.