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MadProfessor8138

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I decided to play with my new laser level tonight and get the fuselage squared up so I can start fitting the rear crossmembers in a few days.
Had something interesting happen that took me a while to figure out.
The level has a fixed and free float/leveling setting on the head.
I originally set the level in the fixed head position and shot it down the forward top crossmembers that have already been installed and marked with a centerline.
This seemed fine as the line was crossing all of the centerline marks,however, the line was off by a good margin at the tail post.
I tried several times to position the level so I had a good light down the centerline marks but nothing I did would bring the line close at the tail.
I moved the level to the bottom crossmembers and shot the line again....same issue but now the reading at the tail post was off by a different measurement.
After thinking about the situation for a bit...I finally put the head in self leveling mode and then repositioned it on the centerline.......success.
I now had a straight line on the top & bottom crossmembers with a good position on the tailpost.
Not sure why this worked exactly other than the head of the laser may not lock straight or level when in the locked position.

The next update will show a little detail of the laser and the light show.....

Kevin
 

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While trying to figure out why I couldn't get a consistant reading with the laser in the beginning...I ran a piece of monofilament fishing line from front to back so I could eyeball the position of the tail as I moved it to center the line on the crossmembers.
Once I had the line centered on all the crossmembers I then had to figure out how to lock the tail in position and keep it from moving.
This took some thought and a few failed attempts.
While my final solution to keep the tail in position isn't pretty.....it worked quite well considering what I had on hand to work with.
I took the roller assembly off my extension stand and secured the stand to the table so it couldn't move.
Then I ran 2 screws through the holes in the stand and went right into the tail post.
I'm not real concerned with the hopes as they are small and this area is going to get a cap glued over it anyways.
Not pretty.....but it worked.
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I haven't made too much progress over the last few days but I did manage to get the tail blocks installed on the top & bottom of the fuselage.
There's a few interesting points on this....
1. Roger only used a 12' length on the tailpost blocks according to the plans.
I extended the pieces and used the whole bay that will be covered with ply to strengthen the area and give more surface area for the tail wheel attachment.
2. Notice the color difference between the darker piece,which has been seasoned for many years,and the lighter piece that came from A.C.S. recently......

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I also got a few crossmembers installed on the top & bottom.
A few more and it will be time to add the diagonals.....
Hopefully,I will start installing the diagonals this weekend.

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Not a whole lot to report but I did accomplish 3 things pertaining to the RW19 Stork this weekend....

1. Got all but 2 top crossmembers installed and will start on the diagonal members in a few days....you can see them laying in their positions waiting to be fitted and secured.
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2. Placed an order with Wicks Aircraft for all of the plywood needed for the Stork project.
That hurt,very much so bad....... $$$ !

3. With winter quickly approaching and the temps dropping... I have been giving some serious thought pertaining to the shop.
The full garage door has been my only entrance & exit for the shop since I built it 12 years ago.
While it has served me well, it's drawback is that I lose all of the heat in the shop when I open the door.
So,my solution was to cut a man door into the shop to keep the heat in from now on.
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So....I've been giving some thought to an issue that has been on my mind lately.
And that issue is.....what to include and what not to include on the build log.
I'm sure most people that look at the build logs just want to see 100% building and that is it.
Well...I've decided to include EVERYTHING on my log so that a perspective builder will see the complete picture of what it takes to build a plane.
There are 1000 little details that don't seem aircraft related but will ultimately have a place throughout a build.

Example........
I used Sunday to clean my shop out and to arrange items.
I now have more room to move around,store the plywood that has been ordered and I can now use the man door that was cut in last weekend.
Working on the shop doesn't seem too aircraft related but ultimately it will make my build more enjoyable and productive.
Still a work in progress.....it will improve weekly.
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I've already mentioned that I placed my order with Wicks for all of the Stork plywood.....
Well....Saturday I also ordered all of the metal for the engine mount.
My original ordered hadn't shipped yet so I'm hoping everything will come in one shipment.

Unfortunately, Wicks didn't have the 1/4" 6061 aluminum plate needed for the mount.
Out of curiosity I jumped on Amazon just for sh*ts & giggles and low & behold....ordered Saturday and setting on my shop doorstep when I got home today.
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I'm not too crazy about the scratches on the face of the plate but it will be roughed up & painted anyways so I can live with it.

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Almost forgot....
I received a call from the shipping company earlier today.
All of the plywood for the RW19 Stork build should arrive sometime tomorrow.

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So....I'm a little disappointed right now.
I received the call yesterday stating that my plywood would be delivered today between 10am - 6pm with the driver calling me an hour before delivery.
With no phone call at 5:15 I decided to call the shipping company to find out where the driver was.
I was told by the shipping company that they had no record of a shipment for me.
So.....a quick call to Wicks and a short conversation with Keith had him on the phone with the shipper.
They did indeed have a shipment scheduled for me today but it wasn't loaded on the truck for some reason.

Here's my issue.........
1. I live an hour from my work but chose to have it delivered at work so I could use the forklift to unload the shipment to save the driver some grief since they never seem to have a lift gate or pallet jack.
I'm going out of my way to help them....
2. I planned my entire day around the delivery.
I had to reschedule clients and rearrange the work schedule of several employees so that I could stay at the shop today.
3. Why was I contacted for the delivery,then told they had no record of the shipment and then told that they did have the shipment but it was never loaded on the truck ???
Not very professional in my opinion....

MAYBE TOMORROW ????

Kevin
 
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