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  1. AncientAviation

    UK Foam suppliers

    https://www.panelsystems.co.uk/product/styrofoam-ravatherm-xps For those that are UK based, after 1/2 a day of making myself a nuisance and calls and emails, etc... the above is pretty much 100% spot on for what I was looking for....In case anybody else is looking...
  2. AncientAviation

    UK Foam suppliers

    Thanks.... Neither Easy Composite nor ECF sell the foam... this looks perfect thanks :)
  3. AncientAviation

    Wooden structure reinforced with carbon fibre

    Just... WOW! It's good to have hero's in life and I think I found another one :) After having read that a few times I then got to the conclusion! thanks
  4. AncientAviation

    Wooden structure reinforced with carbon fibre

    Greetings... this is what a builder sent me years and years ago as his solution... it was a massive inprovement. (He also added 2x spoilers which he said was really, really helpful although may have opted for a different design) After the degree of intelligence needed to mix wood and carbon I...
  5. AncientAviation

    Wooden structure reinforced with carbon fibre

    Super interesting... thanks :)
  6. AncientAviation

    UK Foam suppliers

    Greetings all... 18 months or so ago when I was dreaming of all things flying, I found lots of foam suppliers on eBay. I'm not at the point where I need to order and it appears there is about 1 supplier! The foam had gone from blue to black The density is 2.5lb ft^2 (38-40kg m^2) which is about...
  7. AncientAviation

    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    I seem to be a turtle! Another 90min but another rib glued last night... and another 90min glue job from Friday night.... 2x #3 ribs now done. 42 pieces and 128g completed with staples removed... Slowly ticking off the ribs.... Was hoping to get the spars started but work got in the way...
  8. AncientAviation

    Wooden structure reinforced with carbon fibre

    Just a quick thanks to all of you for your input! It is much apprecaited. I did try a search for this before as I know I can't be the first to ask about it - but with no luck. Good thing I am not trying to do anything technical or complex :) Great comments...and all make sense. I like...
  9. AncientAviation

    Wooden structure reinforced with carbon fibre

    Greetings all... I'm building a Mitchell wing B10 which is a wooden structure. I know one builder reported issues with the trailing edge of the wing as the fabric caused it to bow. He had to place additional wooden support from the rib to the centre point of the TE to prevent this happening. I...
  10. AncientAviation

    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    I cannot confirm or deny whether a strategic sick day was employed yesterday. I certainly didn’t turn up to the office 🤪 I did get the main spars planed and then the scarf joints rough cut and cleaned up on the sander. Almost cut one of the spars the wrong way - I would have spent the night...
  11. AncientAviation

    Mitchell Wing B10 - England

    There are 4 main spars for the inner wing section and I have been putting these off for a while. It has actually been fairly straight forward in the end. The beams of wood cut and then planed. Then the spars marked out given the imperfections in the wood. I wasn’t expecting this step but happy...
  12. AncientAviation

    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    Found the nicest bits of wood for the spars and then had to figure out where best to cut it given the imperfections in the wood. A fair bit of maths as I only had a 100cm ruler and the spars are 2.7m and 2.3m and taper. I have the cheapest most basic entry level band saw which I have hardly...
  13. AncientAviation

    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    Finished the second #2 rib and it only weights 152g... the one made a few nights ago was c. 184g. Not much in absolute terms but 20% for what should be identical! I blame the glue (although I only mixed 25g of glue in total for the rib and had surplus in both cases so I'm just guessing!) For...
  14. AncientAviation

    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    slowly, slowly coming along.... Mitchell wing b10 ribs.... This is the largest 1/4" rib - #2 - and weighs in at 184g with just under 5m of wood used.... Started off on the small stuff but now onto the biggest ribs as finding decent wood (# grains and grain slope) is more and more challenging...
  15. AncientAviation

    Glue strength test samples

    I played around with Aerolite and ??? (whatever the other local glue is called - it escapes me now) and found I didn't like it.... much for these reasons. I played around with various samples but if there was a gap you were poked. One claimed to have gap filing properties - but I suspect that...
  16. AncientAviation

    Glue strength test samples

    Interesting... Aerolite is one of two glues recommended here in the UK. I assume T88 is too expensive to ship so it isn't mentioned much here locally but assume this is now the favourite?
  17. AncientAviation

    Glue strength test samples

    found the worst bit of spuce I could grain wise and simple, neat and quicker than pervious method putting together some samples....
  18. AncientAviation

    Glue strength test samples

    I'm being cheap and only using scraps and off cuts... some of the wood isn't great (not enough grains or grain slopes too much) so think I will find the worst and dedicate that to the sample batch. I like this hammer test - you're a star!
  19. AncientAviation

    Glue strength test samples

    Thanks for the input.... more or less doing this so on the right track then which is good :)
  20. AncientAviation

    Glue strength test samples

    UK based but falls outside of the regualtions here so the local association isn't all that interested... No need to log temparature - its summer in the UK so at least half the time its be cold and rainy ;) I get the point though about it being complicated - thanks :)
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