Damon Brantley
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Damon Brantley's Discussions

Good of the Land Fest in Temple, Tx

Started Aug 25 0 Replies

I am planning to attend the Good of the Land Fest in Temple,Tx on October 26.I was curious if any fellow builders might be planning to attend as well.If so, maybe we can hook up to talk planes and…Continue

Project Management Software

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carl Orton Jul 8, 2018. 9 Replies

I was wondering if anyone has evaluated any project management software for planning and tracking progress in building a homebuilt. Being a software developer, I routinely deal with Jira and…Continue

650 Side Skin Diagonal Stiffener Placement

Started this discussion. Last reply by Damon Brantley Apr 4, 2016. 2 Replies

I am trying to figure out the rivet hole placement for the diagonal L-angles on the side skins.The diagonal that is between the horizontal tail frames is well specified. However the placement of the…Continue

Scratchbuilding firewall tips?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Damon Brantley Nov 18, 2015. 4 Replies

I am trying to form my firewall. I have made the form according to the plans. However it looks like the forming process is going to be a little different than that of forming the ribs.From what I…Continue

 

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Demonstration of Bosch GSC 12V-13 Cordless Sheet Metal Shear

I recently purchased a Bosch GSC 12V-13 Cordless Sheet Metal Shear. After having a chance to use it a little bit, I decided to post a demonstration of its use online.My short assessment is that the shear will have its uses, but because of the stretching caused by the shearing action it would not be suitable for cutting parts that need to remain as flat as possible.I also did a short tip video as part of…See More
16 hours ago
Damon Brantley posted a blog post

Flap/Aileron Construction- Part 1 Test Sections

Scratch construction of the ailerons and flaps has been started. I decided to try to document as much of the construction of these as possible as this should be my last major set of parts to bend. There will be two or three parts to this. In the first part, I document the construction of test sections to verify my CAD drawings are correct.See More
Sep 9
Robert Riat left a comment for Damon Brantley
"Hi, I live in N.E. kansas and too bad we are not closer.  I am building a 650 and have the ailerons, rudder, partially completed wings, firewall and other pieces for a 601xl and will give the stuff to someone if they come get it.  Lots of…"
Sep 4
Damon Brantley posted a discussion

Good of the Land Fest in Temple, Tx

I am planning to attend the Good of the Land Fest in Temple,Tx on October 26.I was curious if any fellow builders might be planning to attend as well.If so, maybe we can hook up to talk planes and building a little bit.More information about the fest athttp://www.discovertemple.com/conventions-events/the-good-of-the-land-fest/http://www.thegoodoftheland.com/See More
Aug 25
Damon Brantley posted a blog post

Complete Left Wing Skin Drilling

Drilling of the left wing skin is completed. Video shows final holes being drilled and description of jig to secure the ribs to improve alignment and prevent shifting.See More
Aug 11
Damon Brantley posted a blog post

Start Drilling Left Wing Skin to Ribs / IV Video Camera Stand

After two or three months of weekends of checking and adjusting, I am finally ready to start drilling the top wingskin to the ribs.A couple of concerns I have is holes not appearing where I expect to them and also the ribs shifting while drilling. To help catch any problems early, I have setup a video camera that I can place under the skin to watch the rib and hole.A short video below demontrates the video setup and the drilling of my first hole into the left wing skin.I am also experimenting…See More
Jul 28
Damon Brantley posted a blog post

Keeping Parts Organized

One thing that has often been a problem is trying to keep parts from getting lost as they wait to be added to larger assemblies. While I am scatchbuilding, the problem is no doubt worse for someone building from a kit because they get all their parts at once.Something that has recently been quite useful for me is to use mini-stretch wrap.Mini-stretchwrap is just smaller…See More
May 11
Damon Brantley posted a blog post

Panel Hacksaw

A panel hacksaw is a special type of saw for making long cuts in pieces of sheet metal. By using a piece of spring steel sheet to support the blade allows the saw to make unrestricted cuts.A demonstration is made of trimming down a wing skin.See More
May 6

Profile Information

Aircraft Model
Zenith CH 650
Project Status
Less than half
Building From
Plans-only
Engine installed (or plan to install)
Corvair
Building Experience
No Experience
Flying Experience
Private Pilot

Damon Brantley's Blog

Demonstration of Bosch GSC 12V-13 Cordless Sheet Metal Shear

Posted on September 22, 2019 at 11:46am 0 Comments

I recently purchased a Bosch GSC 12V-13 Cordless Sheet Metal Shear. After having a chance to use it a little bit, I decided to post a demonstration of its use online.

My short assessment is that the shear will have its uses, but because of the stretching caused by the shearing action it would not be suitable for cutting parts that need to remain as flat as possible.…

Continue

Flap/Aileron Construction- Part 1 Test Sections

Posted on September 9, 2019 at 7:18am 0 Comments

Scratch construction of the ailerons and flaps has been started. I decided to try to document as much of the construction of these as possible as this should be my last major set of parts to bend. There will be two or three parts to this. In the first part, I document the construction of test sections to verify my CAD drawings are correct.…

Continue

Complete Left Wing Skin Drilling

Posted on August 11, 2019 at 7:47pm 0 Comments

Drilling of the left wing skin is completed. Video shows final holes being drilled and description of jig to secure the ribs to improve alignment and prevent shifting.

Start Drilling Left Wing Skin to Ribs / IV Video Camera Stand

Posted on July 28, 2019 at 12:00am 0 Comments

After two or three months of weekends of checking and adjusting, I am finally ready to start drilling the top wingskin to the ribs.

A couple of concerns I have is holes not appearing where I expect to them and also the ribs shifting while drilling. To help catch any problems early, I have setup a video camera that I can place under the skin to watch the rib and hole.

A short video below demontrates the video setup and the drilling of my first hole into the left wing…

Continue

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At 4:48pm on September 4, 2019, Robert Riat said…

Hi, I live in N.E. kansas and too bad we are not closer.  I am building a 650 and have the ailerons, rudder, partially completed wings, firewall and other pieces for a 601xl and will give the stuff to someone if they come get it.  Lots of it is the same as a 650.  Just stuff another builder did and I don’t need.  Probably not worth the drive even for free.

Good luck with your build.

At 3:15pm on July 31, 2016, Normand Lambert said…

Hi Damon,

I just bought a used 8 feet Sheet metal brake - condition like NEW ! Used to borrow someone else. I got mine and it works great. When I saw the plans for the trim tab I was not sure I could bend it in one shot. But I did a trail run with scrap aluminum and then did it for real.

One shot did the trick.

Regards,

Norm

 
 
 

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