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  1. The winter newsletter on page 19 contains a short discussion of a problem that I encountered in finishing a Longeze. It should have been clear. Maybe an edit made it confusing. I used Aeropoxy on Maui where the temperature is pretty constant and high. So no problem until the project was shipped to my wife's hangar 25 miles from Olympia. I had to build a workshop in one corner of the hanger large enough to fit the project into. I could heat it electrically so no problem. BUT testing time came around and I MOVED IT TO A HANGAR AT Olympia Regional Airport. It was ready to fly and did for 45 hours......................... The problem came when I wanted to make a change on the turtleback using Aeropoxy. The hangar at Olympia is not heated and cannot be heated more than five degrees above the outside temperature. That means that there is NO time, even in July or August when the hangar is warm enough to set the Aeropoxy. So I built a box which is 6'x6'x6', with a door for access, Two pictures show the partially complete box. Currently the box is ready but I am on Maui. In April I will finish the job. When in use, a heater will blow horizontally at the bottom, a fan will roll that air to vertical to make a circular rolling motion to the warm air. The heater is thermostatically controlled and I have an indoor/outdoor temperature sensor to confirm the temp. I think that will work. The top and front of the box can be removed in seconds for access to the front. There is room on each side of the propellor for a folding chair for access in the back. The box sits entirely on the concrete floor, with a few ounces of force on top of each strake at the point where the fuel caps are. I have many pictures of the box in construction and completed, if you are interested. The point is that most of the U.S. is way too cold to use Aeropoxy without a box, a quilt or something.

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