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MadProfessor8138

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2-23-19

So I've been thinking throughout the day of how to approach this subject and be tactful in doing so.....
I truly believe this pertains to aircraft and should be discussed.
In my opinion,one sure fire way to kill a project is to waste your time dealing with individuals,in your personal life or on the internet, that will only drag you down with them.
You know the type...they are indecisive,will not finish anything they start,you try to help them but they sabotage your efforts,constantly make excuses,hang around and waste your time in general......etc.
These are the guys that are self-destructive,will never accomplish anything and will pull you down with them if you're not careful.
If you have someone like this that hangs around or you deal with them on the internet on a regular basis...cut them off,you can't help someone that doesn't want to be helped.
They will drain your energy,time and motivation because misery loves company.....don't be accessible for them to do so.
Move on with your life and accomplish your goals by staying focused and not letting these individuals passively lead you down a path to no where.
I know some of you think this doesn't pertain to aircraft but think about how much time you lose from your project/progress by dealing with these people in your life.
I would really like to hear from individuals about this issue...I'm curious as to whether or not I've touched on a valid point.

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I've been in the shop for a few hours today,working on the rudder,and something caught my attention.
To this point,I have 2 full fuselage sides framed up,horizontal stab. is done,vertical stab. is done and now I have the majority of the rudder done.....and this is my grand total of scrap to this point....however,some of this will be used for corner blocking.
I think I'm doing pretty good on materials so far...

Kevin

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I started framing the rudder members up but decided to stop with the 3 pieces that are laminated to make the leading edge of the rudder.
The spacing for the hinges is critical and will set the measurements for all of the rudder members so careful attention needs to be paid at this point.
So I placed the hinges and glued the 3 leading edge pieces...once they are cured I will add the members and be ready for plywood,gussets and the cut out for the elevator.
Not a lot was done today but the remaining work will only take a few hours once the glue is cured.

Setting the measurement with the hinges....
Can't figure out why this pic keeps turning sideways...
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Fitting the 3 pieces and adjusting for member locations...
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3 pieces glued.....
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In the heated tent for 72 hours and then the members will be fitted and glued.....
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I'm still figuring out all the features of this site and the things that can be done....I'm learning,slowly but surely.
The Moderators did a great job designing this site.
I want to thank everyone for all of the LIKES that I've received for the Build Log....I was afraid that some people would be put off by a few of my STRAIGHT TO THE POINT posts,hopefully that's not the case.

If my progress posts lag too much for you guys...check out cdlwingnut's Build Log of his RW1 Ultra Piet.
Cdlwingnut is kicking butt and making great progress...whether he knows it or not,he inspires me to keep going.
Keep up the great work cdlwingnut....

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I ended up working late tonight and couldn't get out in the shop...besides,I'm waiting on the rudder parts to cure anyways.
So I decided to repair one of the tail fairings for the "Trauma"hawk....
A little Bondo and a little primer.....and all is good.....paint will be shot this weekend when I have time to get the fairings in the shop and do it right.
It's not "Stork" progress...but it's still airplane related and still counts...lol

A little Bondo to fill a chip.....
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Then some primer.....
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I had intended to get the rudder members cut and glued up this weekend but decided to change my schedule a bit due to paying a $300 electric bill and mother nature just dumping 2" of snow on us in the past hour.
Keeping the shop warm enough to work in and then keeping the tent warm for the parts to cure in over a few days is driving my electric bill up more than I want.
I had decided to just do some research and take it easy this weekend but then noticed that cdlwingnut had made some progress on his project...... so I braved the cold for a little bit.
I told you that he inspires me.......lol.

Today's progress......

Rudder members are cut and will be glued later this week when the weather warms up....
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So I received a message asking about one of the tools that I have and what I use it for.........
This is just an old "pick" that I've had for longer than I can remember.
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The reason I use the "pick" is to mark my cuts.
I've seen people use various methods of marking the wood to cut but this is how I do it.
I place my part in position and then run my "pick" under the part.
It leaves a score line that shows my cut line.
If the line is hard to see...I just run my pencil down the line to darken it.
Now my part is marked..........
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I wanted to get out in the shop today so I could get the rudder members glued up but,once again,Mother Nature has other ideas.
We are experiencing storms with high winds,driving rain and lightning strikes hitting the woods on my property multiple times.
So I'm going to stay out of my big metal box that I call a shop until the storms pass through tonight.
Tomorrows weather forecast is suppose to be nice.....hopefully it works out that way.

Since I'm staying out of the shop today...I decided to do some research on paint schemes and paint techniques using latex.
I'm going to post a link that will give you some good pointers on how to paint your plane with latex and get great results.
The interview is about an hour and a half long but it is worth spending the time on.
If I'm not mistaking,this is the same Malcom that has the website : weinerdogaero.com
If this is the same gentleman,I've corresponded with him via email several times and he is very helpful and is very willing to share information.
Grab a snack,something to drink and prepare to be entertained and educated.....

https://video.eaa.org/detail/video/2735032127001/webinar--latex-paint-for-your-homebuilt-aircraft

Kevin
 

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It's been an extremely busy weekend,more on that in the next post,but I've made a bit of progress none-the-less.
I got the rudder members glued up and they are setting in the tent with the heater curing.
I will pull the heater out on Tuesday and then mark the rudder for the elevator cut out.
Not sure if I will cut the cut out before I put the ply on or wait until after.....probably after.

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I realize this is an "airplane" Forum but I feel that other topics can be discussed as well,provided they relate to the topic of this Forum in a round about way.
I'm going to make this post in hopes that it helps others stay motivated to progress with their own build.
I believe that the Project Log can be a great tool to help encourage others to push on with their own project, but on the flip side of the coin,it can also demoralize builders and push them towards giving up.
And here's why..........
If someone is struggling with their build,for one reason or another,watching others make progress and only reading the builders "good stuff" entries can put them in the frame of mind that they should quit their project because they aren't as skilled,financially stable,quick or appropriately located.
So I'm going to post the "bad stuff" entries in my Project Log to show that we all have issues to deal with in life and not to get discouraged,deal with it and get back to building your dream.
So here's the bad stuff.......
Tuesday morning,on the way to work,I got ran off the road and went through a barbed wire fence and into a field.
Tore my Lincoln LS up pretty good...but at least I didn't hit the jackass that drifted into my lane head on.
I have spent the week and weekend in the snow,rain,cold and travelling pulling parts off other cars so I can put my car back together.
The point is.......WELCOME TO LIFE,now deal with it and move on with building your project.
With everything that I've had going on in my life this week,I still found time to work on the plane for a little bit...not as much as I wanted,but still time well spent.
So,for everyone that gets a bit "down" at times,realize that even if they don't post it,everyone on this Forum has issues to deal with in life....nobody on here lives a "charmed" life.
So let's get to building........

Kevin

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I was reading a post in the "Wood Constuction" section of the Forum pertaining to steaming wood and thought I would comment on the topic.
While the approaches that others have taken will most certainly work,I tend to keep things simple.
No boxes have been built,no heating elements have been wired up,no thermostats have been incorporated into the system.....etc.
I simply use a section of PVC pipe with one end permanently capped and the other end cap left removable.
I have a big pot that I boil water with in my kitcken.
Boil water,pour into PVC pipe,load wood,cap end and then wait......
The heat has bent the tubing from leaning it against the shop wall but it is simple,effective and I only have about $8 in the whole sophisticated set up....

Kevin

For some reason,the pics keep turning sideways...but you get the point.

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I haven't been able to get out in the shop this week due to work,weather and just being busy with life in general.
However,while not Stork related,I've still made some progress pertaining to aviation.
My Tomahawk is going in for its Annual in a few weeks so I'm trying to get a few things done before we start going over it with a fine toothed comb to appease the FAA.

First item was to renew the registration.....that's done now and the FAA is $5 richer.

Second item was to think about putting new stripes on her.... I got online and sent an email to Letters Unlimited requesting color samples.
I listed each color # that I wanted and sent the email Saturday night.
Monday I received an email stating that the samples had been sent.
Wednesday afternoon I received a letter from them containing ever color sample that I had requested plus a sample piece showing the quality of their product.
I have to say,I'm impressed with this company so far and I hope their great customer service continues when I place my stripes order.
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Third item that I addressed was shooting some paint on one of the fairings Tuesday night.
I still need to get down to the airport and fit one of the fairings to the plane so I can get the bolt holes drilled and then shoot some paint on it.
One down and one to go....
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Fourth item was to buy a can of Wing Walk Compound...
I got lucky and found a can of it in the shop at the airport.

I should be back working on the Stork this weekend....just thought I would post that I'm still getting some aviation stuff done in the meantime.....

Kevin
 
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I had intended to work on the Stork this weekend but I'm getting pressed for time getting the Tomahawk ready for its Annual and I have to take advantage of the somewhat decent weather.
So unfortunately,I had to use the day painting parts for the Tomahawk.
I still consider it Aviation progress though.......

Fuel caps have been sanded,primed and painted....
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Lower rudder fairing has been sanded,primed and painted...
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Steps have been sanded,primed and painted....just need to apply new wing walk compound when the paint cures.
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I promise to be back on the Stork within a few days and posting my progress.
There just never seems to be enough hours in the day or decent weather days to get everything done so I have to prioritize.

Kevin
 
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So,fast forward a few hours.....
My kiddo had asked me a long time ago how do you build an airplane.
I explained all of the steps to him....picking a design,getting plans,sourcing the materials,having a work space with tools,building the parts and then finally assembling the individual parts to make a complete aircraft.
Well,my son just put me in my place and I couldn't be more proud of him.
I was tired from painting the Tomahawk parts and I was calling it a day so I shut everything down and heading into the house.
My kiddo asked me if I worked on the Stork today and I told him no that I was done for the day.
He reminded me that you can't have a complete aircraft without making all of the parts first.
So he went out and started working on the rudder by himself.

Here he is pulling the staples.....
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He's cutting the excess off the bottom of the rudder....
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The rudder is bigger than he is.....lol
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He pointed out that there were a few little voids in the rudder lamination so he decided to fix it.
We decided to take the rudder inside since it was getting a little chilly out.
He's fixing the voids....
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I guess we're back to building a Stork...lol

Kevin
 

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So I decided to make my life a bit easier in the future.
My kiddos mother was suppose to pick him up from me at our usual spot but I asked her to stop by the airport to get him instead because I am getting the Tomahawk ready for Annual.
My son's mother has never been up in a plane so I arranged a flight for her with a friend that owns a Bonanza.
She had no idea that she was going to take a ride and she actually loved it.
So,hopefully,there won't be any resistance from her if the kiddo decides to take up flying when he's old enough.

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So I pulled the top engine cowling off of the Tomahawk to freshen it up a bit.
Stripped the stripes off,filled and sanded it smooth,then shot some paint on it.
I need to restripe it and also get the bottom cowling pulled off and freshened up.

Tried to post pics but it keeps saying the pics are too large.........
Love this new format........
Yes,that's sarcasm.

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You didn't think I had forgotten the Stork did you ???
I can't really progress with my build until I get the plywood for the fuselage sides because I don't have enough room on the table.
So..........build a new table.....lol
Today I built a new 4'x10' table so I can build the elevator.
The shop is definitely getting crowded now.
Will start on the elevator in the next few days.....

Once again,I can't post pics........there's a surprise.

Kevin
 

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It seems that our administrator has been hard at work fixing the pic posting issue that I've had....many thanks to him and his hard work.

Here's a pic of the new table that I built so I will have room to build the elevator for the Stork.
The shop is getting awfully crowded....lol

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The Tomahawk has been taking a HUGE amount of my time and I haven't had much time to work on the Stork,unfortunately.
Tomahawk list :
Cowlings & fairings have been fixed and painted.
Mag wiring harness replaced.
Battery replaced.
Tires & tubes replaced.
A few wires replaced.
Door latch pulled apart and a hard to find part has been,HOPEFULLY,found.
And 200 other things that go with an Annual.


It's been a few weeks since I've been able to work on the Stork but I finally got a few minutes today.
Admittedly,not a lot got done but after the day I've had,I'll take it.
1. Mounted the horizontal stab. to the table.
2. Laid out all of the reference marks.
3. Sorted through my wood supply and started laying the elevator up.

The elevator will be coming together throughout the week,as time permits...

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I've been so busy with the Tomahawk that I haven't had much time to work on the Stork lately.....I've actually missed working on it.
Well,the Tomahawk has passed its Annual and everything is done to it that I wanted to get done.......so let's get back to building the Stork.
I steamed the wood and have the strips on the table to dry for the elevator.
Didnt go too bad.....out of 11 strips I only broke one....and that's why I steamed 11 strips for a 10 strip lamination....5 strips on each elevator half.
Later this week I will adjust the shapes a little bit to suit me and start the lamination of the strips once the wood is dry......

Kevin

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