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Up date around mid May. I have been working steady on getting all the control horns and hinges cleaned up and made for their mission once the covering is complete. I have made two sets of Elevator hinges tho larger set is still in need of 3 half pieces. the small set allowed for only 1 -1/16 gap between HZ and elevator compared to the 1-1/2" the KR-2 hinges has. I guess this is part of that do it twice thread because you have to drill and mount every thing first and get satisfied with your fit then remove it all to cover the control. No wonder it takes so much time to build a plane. :popcorn:a fittings 1.jpga fittings 2.jpg
 

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I think I better mention a new research area on the fittings left over from the KR-2 regards to the Aileron Diff't quadrant. The area I'm checking into is the print call for 22.5 degree on the Taylor-m and as close as I can tell on the KR-2 its near to 21 degrees on the set I have. What I need to do is dissemble the ones I have and get a better accurate measurement of the angle the KR-2 is really at. The photo shows the many metal parts that go into an all wood aircraft and for future builders it gives a bit of an idea of how much metal work is required and lets not forget the engine mounting and landing gear and roll over protection and so on is not even in the picture so builders this is one reason building a plane can be such a time consuming ordeal. The photo shows the hardware mounted in the root area of the wing to control Aileron control tho most pulley's have been removed. On the Taylor-m the Diff't is mounted about 75% of the span of the wing and on the KR-2 its mounted in the stub wing root and that is were my research is focused on. I don't see any reason the KR-2 quadrant's won't work on the T-mono especially with using the Diehl wing type of build. Stay safe All.a fittings 4.jpg
 

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I went out to the local airport (Lakota N.D.) and found these two birds ready to take off. I mainly went to just spend time in the flight community and keep a feel for what I'm spending all this time building the T-mono for.:bow: So another part of the build. Emotional part that sometimes needs boosted.airplanes lakota.jpg
 

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I bought a Airpath Whiskey compass from a Cessna 172 and mounted it in my panel. Wasn't much room on top and right in my line of sight so I cut the stock wind screen mount down and made three small Alum angle tabs to mount on back side of dash and it extrudes out about 1" from dash on pilot side. Many things done and many things yet to godash compass.jpg
 

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June nearly over and progress is light this month. A person sure finds out the other "Honey do's" that go along with building an aircraft and keeping the yard and house in order. I have received some ply I needed for Fus. along with some sewing tools for covering. I'm still spending a lot of time sealing the wood and the many small things to assure the craft is ready to cover, Its funny just when you think a certain area is done something seams to pop up that needs attention. A friend gave word he has passed his T-mono build over to his local EAA chapter beings he felt it was just a bit out of his abilities to finish it alone but I'm very proud of him at over 80 years young to get the build to where it is at. I'm still building and having fun. Don
 

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Yep I'm still at it. Slow going but oh well that's part of the fun. Looking forward to winter to dive into the wings a bit more and not worry so much about the yard work. I'm kinda focused at the moment on fuel supply. Just a single header tank or incorporate wing tanks for better range. As you can imagine it get a bit cold after a couple hours in a open cockpit so no need for too much fuel. Its been a good time fellas. DonDad and Keith.jpg
 

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I pinched myself today and felt it so I guess I'm still alive.:p I was given this fuel tank by a friend who plays rhythm guitar in our hanger band and it fits the opening in front of the Taylor-mono near perfectly just need to drop bottom of tank below top longeron 2 inches to clear upper cowl. I filled and it holds 3.2 gallons with out fill neck installed and is set up for plumbing in wing tanks so 5 gallons each wing and header give 13 gallons total and that's about twice of what the plans fuel load calls for. So I guess I'll need to carry a spatula big enough to get my a$$ out of plane after burning that amount of fuel in an open cockpit plane🥶 On a positive note the CG shift will be very little providing I can keep the wing tanks close to the rear of front spar which is where the CG is located on the Mono. Fella's I'm still having a great time building and haven't pulled out quite all my hair yet👨‍🦳 z fuel 1.jpgz-bars.jpg
 

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Dropped by to show a test fit going on with the fuel tank. Took only one cut to instrument panel to get the height needed and now to get some mounting tabs welded on along with a hand full of elbows and so on. The black bolt on cap will be replaced with a Alum plate with fill neck welded in center made to length to reach top of cowl. Bottom of tank is Approx. 4 inches from top of rudder pedals. Leg room is still very good a fuel tank.jpg
 

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View attachment 102599View attachment 102599cockpit 10.jpg I took the sling seat and added two 5400 lb sq inch to assure the seat wouldn't rip out on landing and may add at rump area . trying to get the fuselage done and tail feathers mounted with cables working right then can sheet. To do To do oh so much To do but it's worth it guy's. Hope your all building. Donstraps.jpg
 

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cockpit 11.jpgTried to show the fishing string I used to sew the seat sides and around the control stick. Looking for a good serviceable 4 point harness "Any one have one for sale? I can make due with the KR-2 belts. The ratchet strap sewed in is of good width for your legs and way over strong. I added a 4"x5" by seat width piece of firm foam between the seat and seat base and laid the front part of my seat brace on it and it sets my body angle to good comfort . For a pilot over 5' 6" I would recommend moving the seat back bulkhead back 3-4" during construction to gain foot room . With this seat configuration I'm allowed clearance under the seat for Elevator cables but the trick is don't let that seat fail or its mounts I will mount a aluminum hatbox over cables just for the worst case scenario but not real sure if necessary but I'd hate to find out the HARD way. Just building and chillen and having fun................ DJ
 

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Build a plane fast ! Yeah right. Spent a few weeks getting the rudder and elevator hinges mounted and working smooth and about had to take some soft pettier to keep the excitement down because of the joy of covering soon. Next then low and behold I discovered what the prints were talking about when I see the spar of the elevator is rounded on the rear of spar near tail post area. Nothing is fast about building a plane unless maybe you have a crew of 6 people hammering away on it. The good news is I did get the tail group as it should be and covering is in the works. Point is there is many things that will slow a build because of your own over site and the many times you have to handle the parts more then once. If any ones would like to comment on this build log please feel free to send me a PM and I will respond good or bad. Also for any designer out there who comes across this post please try and incorporate explanation what a picture in a print is trying to show. building is going on good and spirits are high. aft spar pulley.jpg
 
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🤔Ok lets talk more about the KR-2 fittings being modified to fit the Taylor-monoplane. As seen in the pictures both fittings had to be changed to allow movement for the elevator swing and stop clearance for the rudder. The prints call for 25 degree minimum up-down for elevator with 50 degree (Inclusive) With my change I came up with 34 degrees up and 28 degrees down on elevator. The elevator spar needs to be worked into a radius to clear a four point area so leading edge and trailing edge of spar needs work to get your proper movement. Also found the blocking I mounted between the longerons at tail post need the horn slot cut into a angel to allow movement for the horn to travel to get proper down elevator. Once this is all working in order then I will mount Alum. rear angles and sheet the HZ stab with its ply. The hinges I made for the HZ/Elev are 1/4" wider then print call for with 3/16 AN bolts with castle nut and cotter pin x 4 . There is one more thing needed done to horn slot in fuselage block to allow total movement of control horn and maybe the shadow will give it away. 🤔control arms.jpgcontrol arms hz.jpg
 
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For those following the build. I covered this area a while back and decided to go the easy way as far as tools and getting bolts in. I figured on the rudder I'd make it were I can pull fabric and do repairs if needed and hope the frame work doesn't get hurt while re-covering. I drilled a 1-3/4" hole on each side for access of the bolts for control arm and also spoke of a extension reaching the nuts but a small excess hole after the lower ply is added is a piece of cake to gain access to hinge. The wholes can be plugged a variety of ways and gives a nice way of a look see in the moisture holding area of the rudder. Yep a challenge every day but oh what fun........................ rudder 3.jpgRUDDER BASE 1.jpgrudder hole 1.jpg
 
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I can say Finally 🥴 "Finally" after a few redo's and I lost count of how many removal and re-installment of the tail group I have it ready to do the final ply sheeting of the HZ stab and cover the Elevator and move on to the vertical stab. All hinges work smoothly and I did have a couple re-dos on hinges because of hole alignment. When elevator is in neutral position and rudder full left or right I have 1-1/4" clearance from rudder at closest point. As of this point all changes I did different to incorporate hardware from my KR-2 has worked out and I feel has increased the strength of the T-mono in the tail area. The Fin according to prints is covered with ply but I will fill interior with aircraft grade foam and sand to shape and cover with 2 passes of fiberglass beings my wings are Diehl wings from the KR-2 family and fiber glassing will be much easier then conforming the ply to the fins shape. I need access to the pulley just forward of the leading edge of the Fin so a removable panel there will make access to the 3 bolts holding the Fin more easy to reach also. Inspection plates below HZ STAB per prints on each side will make reach for all other hardware with little to no problem. I added a thumbnail picture with the others to see if a person can click on and bring it up full size for future post. If any questions or comments please drop me a PM. I'am having a blast eating saw dust.:pilot: aaaaaa tail.jpgaaaaatail.jpga-fin leading 3.jpg
 
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