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    making gussets with a hole saw?

    I couldn't find one reasonable priced (or available to use) good enough to cut the wood. The one I bought was a piece of crap and couldn't cut anything thicker than 1 sheet of 20# paper. I ended up cutting my gussets with a veneer saw and tin snips. Not perfect, but clean enough to clean up...
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    Looking for spruce vendors in Ohio

    Shipping on shorter parts isn't too bad, and for longer pieces, group them into a big order or two from Wick's in STL for pick up.
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    cleaning up t-88

    Oh yea, they bottles are HDPE, so they're plenty safe in a water bath in the crockpot. It works great on low because the epoxy is up to temperature in about the time it takes me to prepare the wood to be glued.
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    cleaning up t-88

    I complained to Amazon and they refunded it as they couldn't take the return. if they want to complain to UPS about it they're welcome to, as far as I'm concerned that is there business to do, I paid Amazon for the full undamaged containers, they were the ones that paid UPS to deliver it, not me.
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    cleaning up t-88

    No idea, but my guess is around the seal between the bottle and the spout. The other order I got was a bit messy buy easily cleaned up. I'm guessing the summer heat helped it thin out and get a lot messier in the box. Or got loaded on the truck upside down or something like that.
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    cleaning up t-88

    So when I mix it for the plane, I wear gloves and have a paper towel handy to keep the mess contained. But today I got another shipment of t-88 from amazon... and it was a HUGE mess. A good amount leaked out of the bottles and mixed together and its all around gross, sticky, and some of it is...
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    A *practical* trailer solution

    Very very true. I should have been a bit more clear on my point. Yes, I do realize it can be done. What I'm not looking to do is end up changing my plans and putting my time and effort into building a plane that has folding wings as the plane I put my time and effort into building. I spent a...
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    A *practical* trailer solution

    I've read through a number of threads about trying to make an aircraft that uses a trailer instead of a hangar. And the only conclusion I really saw drawn is that the folding or removable wings are complex, expensive, easy to damage, not meant to take the loads of being hauled in a trailer, and...
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    Any Ragwing Projects here?

    I would expect the stick ribs to be lighter than equally sized birch ply ribs. After all, spruce is lighter than birch. The big difference though is are the ply ribs going to be the same size as the stick ribs? I would expect they need a bit more material to make up for the weakness of the...
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    Heat Shrink Tubing Wire Marker and Schematic Software

    I second this method. I used it to label some rather thin wires in a stage snake I made for my guitar a few years back. I chose this over the printed heatshirk for a few reasons, mostly the cost of the machine. The results look good as long as you're patient with rolling the paper and getting...
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    Cat Pee

    Yea, i was worried about him wanting to go back, so now its all kept so he can't get to it, and my rib jig has my spring clamps all scattered over it so he has lost all interest in walking on it. I will have to figure something out once I get to bigger portions of the plane, maybe some visqueen...
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    Cat Pee

    So lets say that you had the 1/4" x 1/4" spruce for your wing ribs was left sitting in your living room neatly stacked in the box from aircraft spruce. And lets say that your cat decided to try out as a litterbox because of his bladder infection. So I immediately tossed the piece that were...
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    t-88 mix ratio tolerance

    Thanks guys, Amazon has an $8 .01g resolution scale, so I guess I'll pick one up. Mixing in dixie cups vs plastic medicine cups will probably net savings more than the cost of the scale anyways.
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    t-88 mix ratio tolerance

    I know its 1:1 by volume and .83:1 by weight. I've got graduated measuring cups and I very carefully pour out the epoxy into them and make sure I'm as close to that as I can get. But I noticed today, my two bottles that started filled the same have ended up now mismatched by ~3-4% Some of...
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    Any Ragwing Projects here?

    My math (and memory of the results) very well could be off. There was a fair amount of geometry in the wings to get the CG range and I very well could have made a mistake in the math there. There were also a few other factors that led me to choose another plane. I wouldn't say anything bad...
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    Any Ragwing Projects here?

    I was looking at building the RW-22 and bought the plans. When I was studying up on them, I noticed some issues with the design CG falling within the limits that were called out in the plans. If I remember correctly, normal loads (combinations of 180 lb pilot, 160 lb pax, and full/no fuel)...
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    Shrinking fuselage?

    I am very familiar. But I don't own the place, and frankly, I'm not sure the door could come apart reasonably. The last thing I want to have is a broken door, or a plane that I'm now unable to get out of the door. I see it as adding more "what ifs" to getting the plane out and a level of...
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    Shrinking fuselage?

    Its not worth the effort of disassembling a sliding door to get it out. Yea, I *COULD* but frankly, I like the feeling that I'm strapping the plane onto me, not strapping myself into the plane, which I why I love flying. And I'm fine with less room. It'll also give me good reason to not let...
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    Shrinking fuselage?

    I've been looking more into the Daisy Mae biplane. Bought the guy's book and its pretty good. My issue with it though is the fuselage width. 27" is about 3" more than I need, and about 1" more than would fit out the door. As far as I'm concerned, 24" is PLENTY. Anyone ever SHRINK a fuselage...
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    Any other plans I should be looking at?

    Very true. I'm aware I'll be outsourcing some of the metalwork with any plane, I'm just not looking to outsource having the whole fuselage structure welded or something of that scale, because at that point I might as well save some money by buying a used homebuilt. I'm building it because I...
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