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    Minimax 1030 build

    Its just a frame made of 2x4's that's a total of 16' long x 4' wide for the plywood top to sit on. I also laid the aluminum angle rail to the one edge to use as a guide. I made absolutely sure it was straight with a solid level (straight edge) as I screwed it down. I was also careful to make...
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    Minimax 1030 build

    Well I finally have both sides of the fuselage built. I chose to not epoxy one at a time because I wanted to be able to perfectly duplicate the first one, which I did. I managed all of this in 10.5 hours which I dont think is too bad. Now my question: I'm ready to epoxy these together but I'm...
  3. J

    Minimax 1030 build

    Correct, but it also shows that the radiata is slightly stronger than the sitka spruce, albeit heavier. I'll do some load testing just for kicks to see.
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    Minimax 1030 build

    I used radiata pine because although it is slightly heavier than spruce, it has a higher crushing strength and modulas of rupture. Theres also alot of studies that suggest that the more rings of growth doesn't always equate to being stronger but is more of just a rule of thumb to follow. I can...
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    Minimax 1030 build

    I appreciate the input guys. It's amazing how much different the flying community is compared to the firearms community. Had this been a gun forum, y'all would have resorted to name calling and insults over my deviation with the wood already. I truly appreciate the help and advice.
  6. J

    Minimax 1030 build

    That shows how much I know. I've been reading up and researching everything I could find about aircraft wood and I thought you were supposed to count the dark and light grains (rings). Either way I'm taking the risk.
  7. J

    Minimax 1030 build

    The piece I'm holding in the pic is 5/8 by 3/4.
  8. J

    Minimax 1030 build

    Plugged away for 2.25 hours today and got a bit more accomplished. I purposely cut all of the 5/8" dimensions slightly oversized so that I can run it through a planer before gluing it. I figure that 5/8 is .625, not .650 etc... and that weight would add up. Also added a picture of my wood grain...
  9. J

    Minimax 1030 build

    No but I can snap a pic tomorrow. All the pieces I bought had a minimum of 8 rings per inch from the cut end view, some even more. I thought I did right when I bought the wood. I was very careful to measure the grain slope and made sure there were no knots. Of course the guys on facebook are...
  10. J

    Minimax 1030 build

    That is the seat area indeed. I'm thinking of just cutting a block to fill in that whole area. And also I'm just building the minimax 1030, not the himax. I posted it on the team facebook page and people are already talking bad about the wood grain. Do you guys see any issues with it being "too...
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    Minimax 1030 build

    Some more progress today. Another 2.5 hours of work and I honestly believe I can complete the whole fuselage in about 2 or 3 weeks time just plugging away. My only concerns are that the plans show the support in the one picture going over the scarf joint but mine is in front of it. I'm...
  12. J

    Minimax 1030 build

    I'm trying to keep with the ultralight category for now. I hope to be able to purchase a LSA sometime in the future since I'll only have my sport license anyhow. I'm currently taking the lessons to do so and I'm at around 8 hours so. I'm practicing in a piper cub but I wonder how much different...
  13. J

    Minimax 1030 build

    I didn't even think to mention that he's 9. I figure I'll take him up on his offer to help before he gets too old and cool to hang out with his dad lol.
  14. J

    Minimax 1030 build

    My son and I got started on our minimax build finally. I started on the workbench the other day, got the remaining supplies today and finished it to start the build. It doesn't look like much but we have about 2.5 hours into the start of the fuselage. Of course some of that was laying out the...
  15. J

    Budget built MiniMax 1100 Ultralight

    I've actually been reading on the lonely buzzards site but apparently they are not accepting new members. I tried to sign up earlier today but it said something about not allowing new members because of the increase in spam. I actually did see a ton of pertinent information that'll be useful to...
  16. J

    Budget built MiniMax 1100 Ultralight

    There any updates on this build, as I'm going to get started on my probably tomorrow. I was able to pick up the majority of the pine I need for the fuselage today. Menards actually has a good supply of it. I was able to pick through and get what met the standards for AC wood. I spent $80 and...
  17. J

    Hello everyone.

    It does, but they don’t like the other meds I take which I find really asinine that they would rather me change from meds that work for me and then they’ll give me a medical instead of giving it to a person that is otherwise healthy when properly treated with current medications. I’m sure the...
  18. J

    Anyone deviate with their engine choice?

    That’s typically all they have because they use such a short, robust stub of a shaft and everything is well balanced.
  19. J

    Anyone deviate with their engine choice?

    Car engines, that is.
  20. J

    Anyone deviate with their engine choice?

    I was an ASE certified master tech for 17 years so I am aware of it. It’s the reason that front crank pulleys have a large amount of rubber cast between the inner and outer pulley, to absorb “harmonics”.
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