Interesting gear work on post 810:
Were the offset struts not long enough originally or were they too big and you cut them down? Good idea on the working "strut simulator" too, it will make your final gear door assembly much prettier knowing where to attach all the bits from the get go.
Also, just my opinion but I think you are doing the right thing to glass the sheeting. The combo of balsa and 2 ounce glass cloth is going to be a whole lot stronger in this composite structure arrangement than wood just prepped for paint - probably a lot stronger than anything else but at least you will have extra ding/tear/crack resistance for long term wear/tear and heaven forbid any gear issues that may happen along the way.