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I bought a partially completed Avid Mark IV and am in need of a belly pan.  It wasn't included in the sale.  Any idea where i might find one or at least the drawings so I can make one?

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The Belly pan?  Do you mean the aluminum sheet that is on the forward part of the fuse from the firewall back to about the seat?

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I made one with some aluminum brake metal.  Like what is used when you bend metal up to cover exterior window and door trim.  JImChuk

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Is there a drawing of it in the manual?  Just aluminum sheet metal cut to fit?  EDMO

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The cowl i have seems to have triangle tabs on the side's where the cowl stops short and covering stops short. almost like the belly pan should cover this( ill try to find a picture )  
I Think The belly pan should cover this but Im not sure 

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I don't believe the belly pan was shown in the manual.  More of a builder's "improvement".   I ran the fabric to the front of the fuselage. Then up the sides somewhat in front of the door as well.  If my memory is correct, the MK IV cowl was made to go under the door, and back about 4" on the sides.  I cut mine off right down in front of the door, but there was fabric behind the cowl at that point anyway.   My belly pan bends up on the sides maybe 3/4", just enough to get a couple of screws in the sides to help hold it in place.  It's main purpose is to protect the belly from exhaust and such, and it stops at the landing gear.  In this picture, you can see the fabric going in front of the door.  The cowl isn't fastened completely in place, also, you see I cut the cowl, and fiber glassed the back halves together, so it ends up being 3 pieces.  Also, you see some of the side of the belly pan.  JImChuk

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Fantastic this does help !! Looks like I will have to get a few small squares of fabric to cover what was supposed to be already covered and just fab a simple belly pan 

Ps On a side note 1avidflyer we need to talk about your choice of coffee LOL

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I always get a kick out of what I see in peoples garages and hangars when looking at pictures of things they mean to show (like their airplane).   Here is another picture showing what I did for fabric.  JImChuk

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Fantastic this does help !! Looks like I will have to get a few small squares of fabric to cover what was supposed to be already covered and just fab a simple belly pan 

Ps On a side note 1avidflyer we need to talk about your choice of coffee LOL

Some of us in the Midwest don't need that mind-jarring Starbucks to wake up our brains - If that is what you refer to?  I'm with Jim.   I get my MAX cheaper at Costco, although they sell the Kirkland brand which is like Starbucks strong.   ;<)   EDMO

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