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    DooMaw - build log

    DooMaw - build log. July 1st 2017. July 1st 2017. To get me out of the workshop for a while my wife suggested we might have a change and do some messing about in boats. We rented a bareboat Cat in the Whitsunday Islands and took the family for a much needed change of scenery. That got the...
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    DooMaw - build log

    DooMaw - build log. March 30th 2017. March 30th 2017. As mentioned in my last post I got back into fabrication, briefly, and installed a cross-member and a couple of triangular plates above the seat-back to support the headrests/restraints. That was the last welding on the airframe, that I...
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    DooMaw - build log

    DooMaw - build log. March 7th 2017. On Thursday and Friday 23/24th Feb I finished off the lower strut fittings I'd shown started in the last post then I spent the weekend of 25/26th Feb machining again and finally completed all the strut parts. The last part of the job was to radius the ends...
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    DooMaw - build log

    DooMaw - build log. February 20th 2017. Another weekend of machining ... OK, I've had enough of it for now and am looking forward to getting back on the fabrication again. I'm on to the lower strut end fittings now. The first four pictures show the parts which fit into the CRMO clevises...
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    DooMaw - build log

    DooMaw - build log. February 12th 2017. Last weekend I'd hoped to finish the clevises that attach to the spar cleat on the wing, which I'd shown just started last post - but it wasn't to be. I've never been a fan of air-conditioning, I prefer open breeze-ways and fans when necessary but...
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    DooMaw - build log

    DooMaw - build log. January 30th 2017. Another weekend a bit like the preceding ones - machining, machining, with a lot of sweat to go with it, we're into the third consecutive heat-wave now. However - sheer bliss, I completed the trickiest pair of parts, the long clevises, without stuffing...
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    DooMaw - build log

    DooMaw - build log. January 27th 2017. Still machining the same pair of parts. It gets more nerve-wracking towards the end of jobs like these because there's an ever-increasing investment in time spent on the job and it would be infuriating to have to go back and start again. It constantly...
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    DooMaw - build log

    DooMaw - build log. January 24th 2017. A few months back, when I was going through the strut calculations, forumite Oscar (Australian Recreational Flying forum) mentioned to me that he knew of a pair of aly struts that might be available and might be a suitable size for DooMaw. I had a bit of...
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    DooMaw - build log

    DooMaw - build log. January 23rd 2017. Before you know it a couple of months has gone by ... a friend pointed out yesterday that he hadn't seen any updates in the DooMaw log for quite a while. I have been busy though and taking a few photos along the way. I've had a couple of bandsaws for...
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    DooMaw - build log

    DooMaw - build log. November 20th 2016. It's been a long break since the last update, an international family reunion got in the way ... I did manage to fit in a bit on the plane between other things though. It was time to get the seating sorted out because it affects the positioning of...
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    DooMaw - build log

    DooMaw - build log. October 3rd 2016 October 3rd 2016. Yesterday I made the mass balance for the trim tab. I balanced the control surface on its hinge line and added test weights to find out how much weight was required, then added a nominal 10% to account for the weight of the fabric...
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    DooMaw - build log

    DooMaw - build log. September 24th - October 2nd 2016 September 24th - October 2nd 2016. Before starting the epoxy coating of the airframe I wanted to drill the holes in the elevator ribs which will attach the elevator trim tab hinges. I'd intended to have a trim tab attached to the elevator...
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    DooMaw - build log

    DooMaw - build log. September 18th 2016 September 18th 2016. A notable milestone was reached yesterday when I completed all the welding on the main part of the fuselage frame. That means I can start the epoxy coating as soon as we have a fine day with low humidity. It will be a pleasant...
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    DooMaw - build log

    DooMaw - build log. September 17th 2016 How time flies. I guess it's time to update the build log again. I've been posting it on the Australian Recreational Flying site because it's so much easier to upload the pictures, on HBA it's still taking me forever to do that because I can only upload...
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    DooMaw - build log

    DooMaw - build log. September 3rd - September11th 2016. To bring the log right up to date ... I spent last weekend making parts. I think I'm down to fitting the last few bits to the fuselage frame then I can get the epoxy coat on. The timing has worked out well as far as the season and...
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