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Finally finished with second wing except the wing tip that I hope to get to this week. Wanted to get done before July 4th but screwed up top rear skin. Ordered new sheet of aluminum (still thinking could get done in my time line) and the sheet was damaged in shipping. Re-ordered and got it a few days later. Now shock and horror I start to think about match drilling all of the holes, weird myself out, so I put it off until after the forth so I don't have to rush. Now (as we know how this…Continue
Yesterday I finished the last of the wing ribs. All nose, rear, root and flaperon ribs are done and I have cut material to form flaperon spars, rear wing channels and cut material for the wing spars.
Question, I wanted to post this as a status as many do but I don't know how. Can anyone teach an old dog a new trick --thanks.
After taking a several month break (mostly to gather monies for materials to go forward) I’m back. I have resolved my immediate problem of having to wait to purchase materials at least to carry me through the airframe stage. That said, in the process of getting my act together I purchased a set of plans for the Ch 750.
Yeah I know, but these STOL guys just seem to be having so much fun. I will be placing an order for materials this week to scratch build my 750. Hope to be able…Continue
I haven't been able to work on my project in better than 3 months, life sometimes life just gets in the way. I gave up trying to make a plug to mold to my wing tip with no success (some things I guess I just can't do). I purchased the tip from Zenith and cut it down to use only the forward portion and I am very pleased with the fit. I was a little worried that being plans built skins I may have some major working to do but I didn't.
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When I built the center spar I primed it with Zinc Phosphate but I was not real thrilled with the primer AND it was pretty expensive. I‘m sure that I applied it too heavy but it’s still not cheap. On this spar I went back to using Cortec thinned with water as I did with the tail sections. Not wanting to start a high wing vs. low wing type argument but I will stick with the Cortec from now on, I am much happier with it. I riveted this spar completely with the “C” frame riveter I…Continue
Added by Tim Smart on June 23, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Thanks to my screwing up bad enough that I had to remake one wing spar and the center spar, and with life in general getting in the way of my working on my plane, I am now back to where I was the end of January. I just completed making the new spars (match drilled and reamed to 1/4" only until spars are riveted together). I did not re-use any pieces of the original spars because everything was drilled to final size when I screwed up and I did not want to chance trying to match drill some…Continue
Added by Tim Smart on May 15, 2012 at 1:37pm — No Comments
I have used up all of the .016 through .040 material I had on hand making miscellaneous parts, (270 parts so far). I laughingly call this method my plans built quick build kit figuring at the rate I am going in 3-5 years I'll would have enough parts to quick build an airframe.
I will be ordering the material for wing and center spars next week. Here are a couple
Added by Tim Smart on June 26, 2011 at 6:06am — No Comments
I finished the stabilizer yesterday, I ended up changing both the hinges to a 2" open because I was not happy with the rivet to edge spacing. I made many of the parts twice and if I were paying myself minimum wage I am sure that I would be in the price range of a Bonanza. With 99.9% of the build ahead of me can anyone say Gulfstream?
It sure is fun and I am learning from every mistake I make!
Added by Tim Smart on June 26, 2011 at 5:55am — No Comments