Over the next few months, things are going to be getting a bit random with the build. For example, I will be going back and forth between the Baffles and the Cowling for quite some time, then mixing it up with electrical and panel etc. So with some initial work done on the cowling, for tonight it was time to start working with the baffles..
Baffles are used to force pressurized air over all parts of the engine ensuring that effective cooling takes place. These are built in sections, then mounted around the engine completely encapsulating it so that all air coming in through the front of the cowl is strategically forced through the cooling fins of the engine. You build them in 6 different sections and then start fitting them to the engine. Here you can see all the sections starting to come together after a couple hours of de-burring and initial stiffener riveting. It’s a bit confusing at first since there are so many parts, but close look at the plans and it all makes sense.