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CLYFFCARLOCK

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Simple, vague, open ended questions.

Which part/SECTION of the airplane should be constructed first?

Which part/SECTION should be connected to the first part and the one after another till completion? (What part first from beginning to finish?)

How should the fuselage be supported off the ground before landing gears are installed?

Pictures are definitely a plus and appreciated.

Please dont over complicate this, just a (a to b to c..../ 1 to 2 to 3...) would be nice...

As stated before pictures are highly recommended and very much appreciated.
 

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Simple, vague, open ended questions.

Which part/SECTION of the airplane should be constructed first?
And like a lot of answers related to home-built airplanes.......'It depends". Generally the plans will have a suggestion, or past builders of the type will have recommendations.

Variables:
Do you have the skills developed for the type of construction used? If not something simple and expensive is a good first step.

How much storage space/work space do you have? If space is limited often it's best to build the wings first. They are flat and can be stored against a wall or hoisted to the ceiling. If the wing is one piece then this may be exactly backwards.

Related to the above is that systems that will need to be installed. These are generally fuselage based so that part of the plane will probably spend more time under construction than other parts of the plane. If the project is going to be a long term one than it seems logical to wait to install the systems closer to the end of the project wo you can take advantage of the latest technology, or buy the last cheaper.

What time of year are you starting the project? If you live in colder areas and building a typical tube and rag then the tube part can be built with less of a need for heated workspace and leave the wood/fabric for the warmer parts of the year. If it is a composite or all wood plane plan on a heated or cooled shop space.

If one part needs the other to be built first so a secondary component can be matched to it, wing dihedral being one example, than the part used for the jig for the second obviously needs to be built first.

I'm sure there will be other opinions and ideas offered..........
 

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No simple answer. Much of it depends on the airframe in question and the facility where it's being built/stored. In general, you'll usually follow the build manual in the plans/kit, unless you're building from plans without such a manual.

Very common order is empennage, wings, fuselage, systems install. Wings won't go on permanently till you're at the airport.

Empennage often comes first because it's fairly cheap, small, easy to store. Good for learning because mess-ups don't cost that much to replace.

Wings next, still fairly simple and easier to store than a bulky fuselage.
 

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All good answers. I usually do the ribs and tail surfaces first because they are small and easy to store out of the way.
 

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A lot of people start with the tail as a relatively small and manageable project, and many kit manufacturers sell just the tail kit as a way for a builder to "test the waters". Many prospective builders decide after building (or not) the tail not to continue.

But as others have said, starting with components that can be stored without taking up too much space while the rest is completed is a good way to go.
 

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Which part/SECTION of the airplane should be constructed first?
Part A


Which part/SECTION should be connected to the first part and the one after another till completion? (What part first from beginning to finish?)

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Part B, then Part C, ect....

note: if more than 26 steps, there could be a problem.


How should the fuselage be supported off the ground before landing gears are installed?
Can't beat blocks, but wood is a good choice also..


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Pictures are definitely a plus...

Say what you want about England, but their flag is a big plus ..


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crusty old aviator

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If you’re building a traditional tube & fabric bird with wood wings, start with building the wing ribs and try to build one a day, especially if you’re building a biplane. This will prove to you if you have the time and tenacity to build the entire plane, without investing in a lot of tools and materials.
 
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