Hey everyone.... Well its been a busy couple months. I gave a presentation/talk about the building of my race project at the annual COPA Convention and Trade Show that just happened to be in my home town this year, and I've also been looking for 2 more sponsors to make my race goal. So between that and putting together the presentation, it hasn't given me much time to post much. However I've been hard at work! So in my last post I had cut out what will be my actual canopy and was setting in the flanges. Well that's all finished up and the next step was to fabricate the hinges and mount the canopy. This took a bit of effort to get it right. I used 2 separate hinge points not a continuous hinge. It turned out very well and am very pleased. I may have done the rigging a bit different if I was to do it again but I would keep the same end result.
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Well things have been moving along nicely. I was able to finally finish the main spar this past weekend, and am in the middle of rigging/jigging the rear spar to the main spar. I need to pick up a few more pieces of scrap metal to finalize the jig to make sure the spars stay level and square to each other. I'm still working on a solution to rig the aileron spar (I think I've figured it out but need to try a few dry fits first to confirm). The aileron spar in this case isn't actually part of the physical aileron. It's basically a 3, single piece plank spar that runs from the inboard aileron hinge point out to the wing tip. Hopefully I will be able to finish cleaning up the excessive squeeze out of my ribs before the weekend and will be able to dry fit ribs this weekend. Here's a few pics.
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Hey everyone, well its been about 6 weeks since I last posted anything, and it certainly isn't from the lack of work going. I felt like I was falling behind on a few of my target dates for certain things on the build, so I took 2 weeks of vacation from work to get caught up and back on track. I understand that this build will be done when its done and I'm ok with that. I just like to set progression targets that help keep me motivated. So things have been going fairly well, I did run into a snag on the wing build, and I talked to the engineers extensively after phone calls, and pictures being sent, it came to the conclusion that there is an error in the blue prints. Apparently I'm the first to build this wing 100% to the drawings! hahahaha, they also have a modified wing plans that is an option, that most choose. So we came up with a solution that works well for everyone and have implemented the changes and are moving forward today. So far the front and rear main spars rigged and locked down on our rig table/work bench, we have the first 10 ribs bonded into the spars, have trimmed the aileron spars, and have made the sileron idler arm brackets. This week we are working on installing the aileron push/pull rods, aileron spar bonded in and then the remaining wing ribs to be bonded in. Here's crossing our fingers to a productive week!
On a totally separate subject, the plane i'm building (snoshoo) just won Formula 1 gold this week, piloted by friend Justin Meaders. 245 mph!! That's promising news!!!
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So this part has plagued me the last 2 days. This is my 3rd attempt, and its good to go now. The first 2 attempts, worked but I just wasn't happy with them, one was too wide, and another wasn't square among other imperfections. This one turned out a lot better. Lessons learned! So tomorrow I more on to the left wing!
Well things have been going pretty good, spent the last day and a half in the shop working on the left wing. Was able to get the aileron spar roughed out and get the ribs roughed out to accept it. trying to spent the rest of the day today getting them final fitted then make the doubler blocks required for idler crack bracket for the left side. MIGHT have a full wing skeleton by the end of September!
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Hey Everyone, Well I haven't posted in a bit but its not for lack of working that's for sure! We've made some good progress in the shop and are always moving forward, sometimes its at a snails pace, other times we're taking good leaps forward. Here we have the completed aileron pushrod tubes, and we finally got the aileron spars epoxied in, as well as all the remaining wing ribs. Its not all that pretty but everything cam together nicely. We are currently working on the trailing edge strips and will be taking the wing out of the jig this weekend to stand it up on the spar so we can start with the corner blocking.
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Alright, weekend wasn't as productive as we'd hoped BUT I did get the aileron locations cut out, the wing vertical, and corner blocking started. So hoping to finish the corner blocking by the end of the week.
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Alright! Some more progress this evening! We got the last aileron idler mount bracket 99% fabricated, enough so we could use it to install its mounting block. Got both of those in as well as the aileron spar doubler blocks. Tomorrow we flip the wing up the other way to start the trailing edge triangular block install. This is starting to actually look more and more like a race wing!
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Hey everyone! Made a bit more progress on the weekend. Was able to lay out the trailing edge blocking. I made them a bit bigger then required to give me lots of wiggle room for attaching it. It will get sanded down at the same time as the wing profile. Also there's been some reports on the prototype of some "pillowing effect" in the leading edge skins ahead of the main spar, and between the nose ribs. So we employed a simple and light way to fix the potential of this happening in ours. 3/4” Divinycell foam supports. They will get sanded to profile at the same time as the rest of the wing. So it’s a bit time consuming but it’s a pretty easy solution!
Hey all, I was able to get some more work in the shop before being shipped to Phoenix for work for the week. Next step will be to trim the cap stripping flush with the nose ribs, then install the corner blocking on the back side to tie the cap stripping to the ribs, for a better bond. Then flip the wing and bond in the trailing edge. Once that's done, I will be ready to sand t5he entire wing to profile in preparation for installing the upper wing skin, then the lower wing skin!
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Well I'm back from Phoenix, was a nice trip, beautiful weather. Got to stop in for a shorter visit then I would have liked at the Pima museum. But fun times none the less. Was able to work in the shop a few hours yesterday. Was able to get one wing trailing edge in and one wing and working on finishing up the last of the corner blocking. Was able to find a spot to mount the pitot tube, and the AHRS module. hoping to have the entire wing skeleton done by the wing and back on the bench to start final profile sanding on the weekend.
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We been busy in the shop with the wing, and with the progress the shops been getting a little out of hand. So this evening in preparation for working on sanding our wing to profile, we spent the evening cleaning and organizing the shop.
But on a high note we now have a completed wing skeleton!
Hey everyone and MERRY CHRISTMAS! I hope everyone is all set for the New Year! We are excited for the upcoming year with intentions of first flights and first races! As I'm sure you are all aware, that this time of year brings a bit of difficulty to get away from the festivities to do some airplane building. hahahahaha but we did get a few hours in the shop yesterday and today and looks like tomorrow and Tuesday we will be in the shop also. This is a good thig cause we are getting close to putting on the top skin on the wing. Hopefully by mid January.
So we had some issues with the wing moving and getting out of alignment when trying to sand it to proper profile. So went back to the drawing board and fabbed up a new set of jigs to lock it in place and keep it in alignment. We tested it out today and it all worked very well, we got all of the right wing reference ribs sanded to proper profile. Tomorrow we move over to the left wing.
Well the wing sanding has begun, it isn't going all that badly. I was able to get the right wing from just aft of the forward spar to the leading edge done, took about 2 hours. Then had to reconfigure to do the rear spar to trailing edge section. By that time my wife said she had, had enough LOL. So I will try to get to the trailing edge done this week so I can reconfigure to do the left wing on the weekend.
Here's some pics of my set up.
Well I know I haven't posted in awhile, been doing a bit of travelling for work, but am starting to get 20+ hours a week in the shop so things are progressing well. Yesterday I finally finished the complete rough sanding of the top of the wing. So this week and part of next will be the final finish sanding prior to bonding on the upper skins. But when I don't have any helpers Ive been working on the air box. and canopy latch. For flight testing purposes and sport flying, I will be running the Vans RV, inlet system with carb heat provisions. During race set up, I will have 2 different intake systems to choose from. Enjoy the pics.
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View attachment 83863View attachment 83864View attachment 83865View attachment 83867 Well hey all! Well as I mentioned in another thread, things have been moving along nicely right up until today when I got a phone call at 830am needing me to be on a flight for 11am to head to Hartford for work. SO things are scrubbed for the weekend and next week. But will be right back into the shop once I get home, pending that the wife doesn't have a large "to-do list" by the time I get home.
SO I needed to cut, scarf, relocate some of the wood on the plywood skins before being able to fit them to the wing. So with a little math and some scrap metal I had kicking around, I modified my power hand planer to the proper angle and with a few adjustments I was able to get the scarf pretty much perfect but I did destroy a few scraps in the process before getting it good to go. Was able to cut, scarf, clean, fit, and bond in about 3 hours. So now I have 2 out of the 4 skins ready for fitting. Here's a few pics, along with a pic of one of the scrap pieces that indicated I needed a bit more tuning! HAHAHAHA
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