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    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    Or recently.

    A little threat to share the latest step no matter how big or small you took on your project.

    I will go first, was a few days ago as I was out of town this weekend but I took the second side of the fuselage out of the jig and pulled the jig up. I then rolled out some more paper on the build table (I got a roll of paper from a hobby store) and marked out the vertical fin and rudder. I ordered hinges and the wood needed. the hinges showed up but waiting on wood. I also cleaned the work area to prepare for the next step.

    again share your work no matter if all you did was clean up a little or if you built a whole wing in one sitting.

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    Re: What did you do on your airplane project today?

    I have been building the top support for the rudder system. This part is V shaped, 13" wide, 16" long. The wide end will attach to the seatback bulkhead, the narrow end will be have a bolt hole to support one side of a bellcrank. I had built a tool on my vacuum bagging table out of a plastic wedge and blue foam and packing tape on Friday. Saturday I went and watched the Wolverines win a ball game at The Big House (Let's Go Blue!), with attendant tailgating beforehand and fuss afterwards.

    Today I waxed the tool, cut the Triax and Biax glass cloth, the green PVC foam cores, UNI tape, peel ply, perforated film, bleeder plies, and bag film, laid out the shapes for each of the plies of glass cloth, then laid up the part and sealed the bag. It has been under vacuum since 12:30 pm. The sealant tape covers an area about 18" by 26". Pictures show the tool and two shots of the part curing under vacuum. I shall follow up with pictures of the completed part. in a day or so.

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    Re: What did you do on your airplane project today?

    I drilled and tapped a drain hole for the Sprag clutch on my Turbine engine. I also set up some welding practice pieces of aluminum. I have to fabricate an aluminum oil tank for same item. I've also set up a test piece using 3M VHB tape to see if it really will take the place of welding and screws to attach two pieces of aluminum sheet stock. I also ordered some Loctite paste adhesive LOCTITE EA 9309.3NA to test for the same idea.. I also patted the bubble on the helicopter.

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    Re: What did you do on your airplane project today?

    Does thinking about it count?
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    Re: What did you do on your airplane project today?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aerowerx View Post
    Does thinking about it count?
    For me it is dreaming...

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    Re: What did you do on your airplane project today?

    I worked on a friends airplane which gets me closer to getting back to work on my airplane so it counts

    I finished entering my friends paper instrument panel template in the computer and made the cutting files for it. I started to mount the panel blank to the machine but, even in mid September with the garage AC going full blast, it's too bloomin hot out there. I'll cut it on Tuesday morning

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    Re: What did you do on your airplane project today?

    I spent a couple hours today sorting out hardware left over from my KR-2 and did some napkin design work on the Taylor-m. Plan on stopping in Fargo N.D. tomorrow and picking up some more ply for the mono. I have most the pieces cut but for the turtle deck.and have been working on a holding tank to soak and heat the pieces to ease shaping to mount to the plane.
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    Re: What did you do on your airplane project today?

    Not for a specific project, but I bought a one of the spruce odds and ends from ACS to see what they send. Shipping is murder.

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    Re: What did you do on your airplane project today?

    Was at a very satisfying music festival in Nashville (Americanafest) for the last week. But had decided before I left that I needed to borrow (get back) the small drill press I had given to my son. He drove from Illinois and I flew from NJ for the festival. So I flew back today with the drill press for my spar fabrication.
    I finished the detail design of the seat back while there. Pretty soon I will be able to sit and make airplane noises.

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    Re: What did you do on your airplane project today?

    Wife and two boys completely cleaned the shop today for me. I was pretty thankful for that.

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    Re: What did you do on your airplane project today?

    Been installing instruments in the Kolb Firestar this past few days. Before that I did some quick and dirty composite/paint repair on the combination nose fairing and instrument panel. In between (literally while the glue was drying) I built and installed a switch panel on the side of the cockpit.
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    Slowly unpacking boxes since the move, tracking down and organizing my tools, fasteners, and aluminum parts. What a chore!
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    Re: What did you do on your airplane project today?

    I had a fight with a guy in a forum over Flying Flea style craft to help secure my future market when I start making them.

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    Re: What did you do on your airplane project today?

    See build log.

    Also fixed the Strike Finder on the Mooney...cleaned the contacts.

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    Re: What did you do on your airplane project today?

    In the last week, I've finished a configuration change that I've been contemplating since Oshkosh and revised the weight estimate of the new design to check that the CG will be where it belongs. Also I revised my conceptual fuselage shape for flat-wrapping. Been putting that off a long time. This week I'll be working on turning it into plans for an RC model that a friend wants to build, which should be interesting since I never have been an RC guy.
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