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  1. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    That is a very good idea, we have a tire bead breaker at work that works that way, very effective.
  2. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    hehe, a year ago I weighed 264, got down to 172 this spring in the first serious attempt at dieting in my life and have held a steady 180 since. I feel great, but have lost my position as the designated tail sitter when moving planes around in the hanger, and I can no longer solo push the twins...
  3. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    yeah those work great on aluminum, we have one at work, and I have one ordered but was on the backorder list from ACS. https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/kitbuilderkit.php If I get in a bind I can borrow stuff from work, but I don't really want to get in the habit of it when I don't...
  4. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    Epoxied the separated peice back together as well as solid backing plates for the female peices. Cut them down to within a few mm of the specified OD so there shouldn't be any issue fitting inside any rib flanges now. My fear of strength seems unfounded, even cut down they seem pretty stout...
  5. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    I think I was asking too much of the little circle cutter attachment for the dremel. The plastic threads started giving and I ended up with wobbley holes with steps in them......... Made myself up a redneck circle cutter for my little handheld router (bigger router showed up and is mounted in...
  6. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    Well broke the 1/8" router bit i was using with my dremel to cut circles so ill count my 5 minutes today as 0. Think I have some at work I can borrow to replace till I get some ordered, will check tomorow. Married 15 years today so grilling steaks to celebrate :)
  7. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    How do you know? :p:p:p:pilot::pilot:
  8. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    Been busy in life and aluminum still hasn't arrived.(i have a couple sheets but the first parts Roger gave me to make are all .016 and I dont have that) Turned 41 yesterday, been yelling people im ready to start the second 1/3rd of my life now. Made it out to the tent yesterday for an hour and...
  9. narfi

    Thread AWOL.

    I have nothing personal in this discussion, but I can understand the frustration on the parts of the members, as well as the need to not overly burden moderators. Could it not be automated in the forum software to send a message to anyone subscribed to a thread when it is deleted w/ the reason...
  10. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    Ordered some zipties, unibits, 48" straight edge with metric markings, a set of smaller steel metric rulers, a cheap set of drill bits for random things, and a brass hammer with one brass side and one nylon side. Total $86 in the tools column. Someone should design a homebuilt called "Amazon...
  11. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    Well... The plan is to zip tie the sets together (forming+cutting blocks = 4 pieces per part) through their tooling holes and store them for replacement parts when things break. I get your hint, and while I wouldn't mind sharing with someone who needed (once I was done of course) I doubt that...
  12. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    First two parts done, the stabilizer end ribs. Did the full process to see if I liked it even though it would have been quicker to just draw them out and cut them out. So I made a set of forming blocks(left and right) with 5 degrees bend back allowance and 1/8" bending radius routed in. Made a...
  13. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    Got a few minutes in the tent before needing to help with Landons birthday party. Need to sand the bottom peice to match the top one, then radius the bending edges and add a 5% spring back to the edges, then sand out the fluting recesses. I know the process, but doing it first time is...
  14. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    I think I will adapt quickly, but just as an example... This part is roughly 350mm long and I picked up a steel ruler and looked at it and it only went to 30. I think to myself 'oh crap, I need bigger rulers', then I think to myself, 'oh crap, this stabilizer is going to be a LOT bigger than I...
  15. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    Still waiting on aluminum. I drew out the end rib for the stabilizer last night, will need to get comfortable with metric. Looking back I should have done my boats in metric just for the experience as the designer provides in both imperial and metric for his designs. Router table arrived and...
  16. narfi

    New EAA Chapter Build Project SoCal

    yes! share it all :) are you scratch building or kit?
  17. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    I don't think so, and I don't like it. A smoking rivet or seam doesn't necessarily mean an unairworthy rivet or seam, but it is an indication of wear that needs to be watched and certainly not something I want on a brand new plane.
  18. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    yeah, corrosion X or acf-50, you can see the process in one of the videos linked above by homebuilthelp It can be a great bandaid, but I don't feel it should be your primary plan for corrosion avoidance.
  19. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    I dont like the oil fogging strategy. I've not seen it done without smoking rivets and skins.
  20. narfi

    Narfi's Scratch Built Zenith 750 Super Duty

    Turned the 3x14' strongback into a 4x16' table. Unboxed and assembled the bandsaw, belt sander, drill press, and vise. Don't think I want the tools permenantly mounted to the table in my smallish work area so have them setto the side for now except when I am using them. Will probably mount...
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