2014-01-13: I never liked the standard nose shape. I think the nose is too blunt. I decided to make the nose 4″ longer. Many builders have made their own nose shape, the longest I’ve heard of is over 8″ longer than the stock nose.
2014-01-13: I did not alter the shape of the nose compartment very much, the bottom is all stock, the top and the sides are changed a bit (wider) to achieve a nice line from the IP.
I traced the lines both sideways and from the top on paper, and made templates of plywood.
2014-02-15: Then I sanded the top urethane down to the side templates. Many builders hate the urethane foam, I love it. It’s so easy to shape and sand. But it’s easy to damage the foam, so one have to be careful handling the parts until they are glassed. One other nice thing is that the dust is heavy so it just falls down to the floor instead of flying into the air. I use the shop vacuum cleaner often to keep the foam and floor as clean as possible.
2014-02-23: Turned the fuselage upside down and sanded the bottom corners. Prepared the bottom for glassing. I will glass the nose cone after the rest of the nose is glassed. I made a recession behind the nose cone to make room for overlapping glass. I also made a recession around the opening for the nose wheel strut. I will later make the cover for the nose strut, the cover will then reside in this recession and be flush with the bottom.