Falco Fus Skins - Compound Curved Plywood

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tdfsks

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Hi All,

I am wondering if there are any Falco builders here ?

I have a question concerning the plywood skinning on the fuselage.

The shape of the fuselage is such that there surely must be some skins that have a compound curved shape (i.e. bending in two directions at once). Is this the case ? If so how much compound curvature do the skins have ? How is the plywood formed to this shape and glued in place without getting wrinkling around the edge ?

Is it just a case of using small enough panels to skin the fuselage such that the significance of the curvature is minimised, is the plywood wet and held in place whilst it dries to premould the shape or do you just put the skins on dry and work them down into place starting at the centre and working toward the edges.

Thanks,

Steve
 

Falco Rob

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Apr 8, 2004
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Steve,

Go here:

http://www.seqair.com/skunkworks/Fuselage/Notes/Notes.html

. . scroll about halfway down and read all about it !

I'm yet to skin my Falco but from what I've heard there's only two panels (one each side) on the lower aft of the fuselage that have a slight compound curve.

One guy made an elaborate jig to pre-bend the panels by wetting them and then clamping them in the jig to dry to the required shape.

Most builders just staple them on dry and the ply takes the shape of the fuselage frames without any problems.

Rob



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