Michael Chesney's Blog (6)

Wiring runs

Was a little worried about running all my wiring through the center console, along with the fuel lines, and having the dual controls. Fabricated and a rack and, with a bunch of adel clamps, it looks to be doable.…


Added by Michael Chesney on September 23, 2016 at 9:35am — No Comments


Seems slow around here so here's some pics and an update. Decided not to run my lines in center channel. They'll go up to center console and fuel valve from where they exit from front seat support.  Took an idea from John Austin about shaping a washer to fit in the corner of upright support and longeron, then sandwiched with a full size washer. ..sturdy. I have some adel clamps ordered but I'm impressed with the zip tie holders...They stick!! Package claims 40lbs of holding force!  Used…


Added by Michael Chesney on December 15, 2015 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Ugghhhh...Cutting my spar

I attempted to cut one of my wing spars with the olfa knife and may have messed it up. On my initial pass, the angle aluminum I was using as a guide moved about 1mm. I ended up having two areas where it goes from 209mm to 208. From the way I read the construction standards this is past tolerance. Is it worth a call to Caleb to see if this still usable? I Had a bad feeling about attempting this with the scoring knife when I started...should a listened to my gut!

Added by Michael Chesney on January 31, 2015 at 8:34pm — 3 Comments

More Parts!

Don't have a shop with a bunch of equipment to make it easier but still plugging away. Everything so far with a ruler, jigsaw and a file. My local EAA has a big metal brake so I'll bend the pieces needing bends on Tuesday hopefully. Its kinda fun fabricating you own parts. I just hope they fit/work when assembly time comes.

Added by Michael Chesney on January 18, 2015 at 12:39pm — 1 Comment

Scratch building!

My first scratch built pieces! Not sure if I'm up to the task to do all the wings this way but I've got till march before the fuselage arrives so why not give it a shot. Starting with some small pieces out of some 0.032 and 0.063 T-6 I found at a local metal place. Also working on forms for ribs. Slow going but it's progress!

Added by Michael Chesney on January 16, 2015 at 7:31pm — 2 Comments

Rudder completed

Well, might not win any awards but the rudder is done. Turned out well and doesn't appear to have any twist. 10 hour day in a cold pole barn today...and loving it!

Added by Michael Chesney on November 20, 2014 at 6:48pm — 1 Comment

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