5/8 Sindlinger Hawker Hurricane

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  • 62.5% 5/8

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  • 50%

    Votes: 1 5.0%

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wiloows5050

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After a very long period away from this project, it's time to make some really progress. The new garage/shop is done. Hopefully no more family deaths, and recovering nicely from achilles surgery. This is the rear spar for the the second hurricane. It still need blocking and doublers. I need to continue working on making bushings and sheet metal parts for these spars while I start on the front spars. Working on ideas for jigging not only the center sections but the outside panels as well.
 
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The last couple of days have been spent getting ready for the front spar. Got the layout done, cords cut and cord reenforcement made. Unlike the back spar the front reenforcement runs the length of the cord. I ended up using every clamp I had, then took some from a work box. The pictures show web layout, glue going on and running out of clamping space. With over 40 pieces of wood making up the front spar it will take a couple of weeks to finish. Assembly of the wings will have to wait untill I can get the sheet metal work completed. There are over 40 sheet metal parts that glue or bolt to each spar including the bushing.

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Work began again this week a I continued to finish up the front spar glued on the cord reenforcement last night. Will start on other side of spar tonight
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Finally got the wood!!!! Started cutting the vertical supports for the aft fuselage, what a great feeling. My daughter was helping then destroyed that feeling. We had to cut the session start when she caught a flea and saw several more on the floor. I shouldn't have let her cat in my shop before changing it flea collar. Sprayed it twice but can't bring myself to go back into the shop yet. Didn't even get time to take photos.
 

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Work has continued on this project, I just haven't keep up on my log. For the last two month the two months the front C/S spar has been kicking my butt. I've had to fix a problem that I created myself. I did the same thing on the rear spar. While glueing the cords to the web I forgot to clamp the whole thing to a straight edge. I caught it on the front spar after the first cord was on. I missed it completely in the rear spur before. With some create work and some big temp swings the front is now straight as an arrow. The rear spar pictured here is now also straight. I had clamped it to 2 spruce 1 1/2 x 6 boards down the length. The temp and humidity changes with the clamps have straighten out the rear spar. I was afraid that the spar was going to have to be tossed.
 

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Before and after shoots of the landing support doubler being glued in

PICT0004.JPG As you can see my clamps were to short so I used a bar clamp and a block of wood to apply pressure

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Progress has been slow because of time issues. I'm still working on the center section front spar. I cut two blocks wrong and need to get more wood. When I finish this I plan on going back to the tail ribs and finishing them up.

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I have finally started work on the wing straps. They are a very slow process. It takes about an hour to rough cut one strap. Progress is still coming along slow on the front spar. I've also found some problems with the tail ribs so I have started recutting them.
 

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I have been cleaning up most of the incomplete pieces from the last two years. I realized that I had cut all the tail ribs for both hurricanes wrong! 40 ribs and about six months worth of work wasted. Trying to correct the problem, I've already broke some of the new pieces. I'm going to shelf this project indefinitely. I felt sick to my stomach when I realized the mistake.
 

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Now that I have taken time to regroup I have a plan to move forward. I've decided to purchase a new set of plans. This should help with any shrinkages in the paper on the full scale lofts. To keep myself occupied I have clean off my work table and started laying out the aft fuselage truss. Currently I'm am blocking the longerons and will start next on the verticals. I feel good to be assembling after years making parts.
 

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My new plans finally arrived and now I'm leaving on vacation so I can't enjoy them. Work is complete on the aft except for the longerons. I need to draw out the end of the aft truss looking down so I can measure the angle to cut at so they will mate up to the vertical stab spar.
 

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This picture is out of order but I've had problems loading the other pictures. I'm steaming the lower longeron 6' in front of the bend point to 12" behind it. The longeron will make the bend but it is tight in the jig so I thought it would be better to relieve some of the stress. As you can see my steamer is nothing more than a gallon can, hot plate, a piece of tubing and a piece of pipe. I'll try and get the rest of the pictures loaded in order.

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Five hours of steaming and the longeron bent with minimum stress. With the help of my son we were able to glue and nail all the gussets in under two hours. It was quite warm in the shop, outside was 104 degrees.

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My son helping fit the steamed lower longeron

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Almost forgot to put wax paper down

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Started at the tail progress is slow

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It took a long time to get to the front

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The completed fuselage side.
 

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I finished the reverse layout for the other side of the aft fuselage truss. I got the first one glue up last night. Pictures to follow, it fell good to be back in the shop.
 

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Both side of the aft fuselage truss are done. Now it's time to do the layout to attach them together.
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My son helping to fit the vertical and diagonals
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Steaming the longerons to help bending the lower
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Everything cut and ready to glue
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Gussets are cut and fitted to each joint
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My son nailing gussets as I'm gluing the joints
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Attached gussets
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The left side in the jig
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Both side complete
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Frame waiting to be assembled
 

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I have been shamed by a member of this forum (indirectly) for not keeping up with my builders logs. You know that you are totally guilty when you have spent 30-40 hrs so far this month working on planes. When I get home it will be my priority to get caught up. It's not been a priority because of the number of projects and my piper. I reviewed the plans for this project today specifically checking the metal parts. I knew there were a couple on the wing assembly drawing, four actually. I was expecting it to equal 16 or pieces to make, (two projects). Turns out it was over 40, got eight finished today except for drilling.
 

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So I have started making the parts on the assembly pages that I had forgotten about. I made the mounting plates that are used on assembly (not sure what they are used to mount).

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Getting the first side parallel
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Final sizing
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All that is left to do for these parts (4) is to drill the holes. Only thirty parts left to make on this page.
 

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I've started making the next three parts from this page. All three are aileron angle brackets for mounting to the rear spar. They are different sizes and eight of each one.

Cleaning up the end so it can be cut to length
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Cutting to length slowly, it's a little tight
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I have seventeen done so far, there are seven left to go.
 

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Time to work on Bell cranks. Theses are for the elevator. The angles are a little steep for the angles I have so I cut the angles using some scrap 1/16 plywood. Once I got the angle correct The rest will be easy, I still need to round the corners and of course drill the holes.

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The plywood angles up against the cut angles


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Two down and two to go.
 
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