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  1. Apr 28, 2016 #1

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    My good friend Jim and I have decided to build three Legal Eagle XL's. I'm hoping this might cure my mental problem I've developed after spending fifteen years on my current Biplane project. We're building these at Jim's house. I'll continue working on my Biplane at my house.

    Jim did a great job building the wing rib jig. He also built a press that puts a nice permanent curve in the upper rib cap strip.
    He has all the ribs made for the first wing and we just took delivery of sixteen twenty foot sticks of 5/8"x.035 tubing.
    We have a little more prep work to do to on Jim's shop. We're setting up both a reusable fuselage jig and a separate table for the wings.
    We also have a welding area where I'll be welding the first fuselage while Jim fits up the second and third.

    Last September we drove from Dallas to Illinois and picked up a pickup bed full of VW engine parts for free from a guy we met at Oshkosh last year. It was a fun little trip.
     

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  2. Mar 5, 2017 #2

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    Re: LEXL94D

    We finished our wing and fuselage building tables. Today we started laying out the first fuselage. We're using a method learned from Little Scrappers Cassutt build. Thanks Little Scrapper. Wing rib forty three is in the rib jig.
     

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  3. Mar 19, 2017 #3

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    Re: LEXL94D

    Today we bent the lower longerons and built the firewall.
     

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  4. Mar 27, 2017 #4

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    Re: LEXL94D

    Jim cut and fit the cross members for the tail this week. Today we cut fit and tacked the diagonals, and bent the tail up into position.
     

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    Last Saturday we installed the remaining lower diagonals, and firewall. Then we cut and fit the tail post and upper longeron. We had a good time.
     

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    Saturday we cut and fit most of the diagonals in the tail. Jim played some Argent and Beatles, We had a good time!
     

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    Jim cut and fit the last four diagonals in the tail over the week. Today, after the 280 meeting we disassembled drilled vent/drain holes and tacked the tail diagonals into place.
     

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    This thread seems boring. I'll jazz it up with some EAA 280 pictures. Very happy with chapter 280!
     

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    Today we built the jig for the cockpit section, then cut and fit the four vertical members. We installed blocks in the upper part of the jig. The blocks created corners that we bent the vertical members into. It made the bending process easy and accurate.
     

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    Today we cut fit and tack welded the remaining lower diagonals into place. This is a unique airframe and we're having a good time building it.
    Picture rotation is hard to figure out.
     

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    Progress is slow due to life getting in the way. Today we cut and fit more tubes into the fuselage. It's nice building as a team, me on one side and Jim on the other.
    Building and discussing ideas for the plane as we work. We're having a really good time building this airplane.
    Our brother Carl bought a Eastwood tig welder for the shop. We all took turns Tig welding.
     

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    Re: LEXL94D

    Yesterday after the EAA 280 meeting we cut fit and tacked a few more tubes. We've been practicing with the TIG welder but will probably gas weld the fuselage.

    MODERATORS: Could you please change this thread title to LEXLD94
     

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    Today we installed eight more tubes.
     

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    Today, after the 280 meeting we removed the fuselage from the jig and moved it to the welding area.
    Here we will continue with the next jigs for the cabin section, engine mount, and windshields.
     

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    Today we worked on some seat mounting details, then we built the jig for the top section of the cabin.
     

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    Today we worked on fitting and tacking the upper cabin tubes. Jim found some crashed Legal Eagle wings. He stripped the covering off and we inspected construction methods, quality and crash damage.
     

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    Today after a great EAA chapter 280 meeting, we cut fit and tacked three more tubes into the upper cockpit section.
     

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    Today after a great EAA chapter 280 meeting, we cut two tubes out and tacked them back in. Correcting mistakes.
     

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    Yesterday I cut fit and tacked in the remaining forward uprights, then did some welding throughout the frame.
    Jim cut the spars out of the crashed wing, and is building a mock up wing section.
     

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    Today I cut, fit and tacked in aft cockpit bracing. Then continued welding throughout the frame.
    Jim borrowed a seat from a Wheeler Express project and used it to mold a duplicate seat using the seat itself as a mold.
    Jim also worked on the mock up wing section he is building.
     

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