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Floydr92

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First off, this is going to be a slow project, so dont be expecting daily updates, but it will reach completion, my target is 2 years.

Today is day 1:

I'm planning to build this little plane in a modulat fashion so as to reduce long term space requirements throughout the build. At the moment, i dont have the space to build a plane. I have the option of space if and when i need it but this comes at a cost, and i dont need a hanger/workshop to fabricate parts, infact i could sit and make a wing rib while wathing tv at my dinner table, no point renting lots of space if its un-necessary.

So not quite my dinner table, but i was at home today and in an effort to familiarise myself with the plans and building methods, i built a fuselage (almost) in 1/4 scale from balsa. I intend to also build this 1/4 scale model sinultaneously for two reasons...i'd rather make the mistakes in the model, and it will be cool to have an exact replica of my full size plane when i'm done. :)

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I then went on to try and make a rib, i screwed this one up as i cut the top length of wood too short but i'll just replace that piece so its all good, there will be a short delay completing the ribs as i've ordered the leading edge ply ribs and all gussets to be laser cut just to save a bit of repetitive cutting and i'll get nice clean edges.

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I used some scraps of MDF for the blocks on the jig instead of the off-centre drilled dowel as cam locks as suggested in the plans, but i pre-drilled the holes and used tapered screws so they center themselves in the holes and clamp onto the wood when the screws are tightened down, and half a turn back releases the wood.

I'm going to start a separate discussion thread as looking forward to advice and guidance. :)
 

Floydr92

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Small update, not much done today. I've figured out the top and bottom rib caps without the need to scarf joint anything, and proceeded to cut 24 each of the verticals, leaving the first as a spare so i have 25 of each. Each had to be test fitted in the jig and trimmed to get a snug fit, time consuming but somewhat theraputic when theres no pressure. :)

Now ran out of rs-1 stock so will have to get some more later in the week. Uni tomorrow so unlikely to be any progress for a few days.
 

Floydr92

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Sorry for the slow updates guys, i've cut all the RS-1 rib stock to size, test fitted in the jig and my epoxy arrived :) ready to assemble with the exception of the laser cut gussets as i'm waiting on the ply. (Surprisingly hard to find 1.5mm exterior birch ply!) i have the cad file drawn up though :)

My biggest difficulty with this project is sourcing, what a nightmare! Why cant i live next door to aircraft spruce?

I'm also working on a particularly large project at work, doing a full renovation on a grade B listed building and the floor is nackered, so having to install a floating raised floor before i even start the original work that was planned. Safe to say i'll be busy for the next few months. :(

On the plus side, listed building renovation doesnt come cheap, so i'll be able to buy some goodies :) maybe even get in a few more lessons.
 

Floydr92

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Long delay, but i managed to find the correct plywood and cut some gussets today. I was going to laser cut them but it's just as quick to cut multiple at once by hand.

So i've glued up the first rib and removed from the jig, 23 more to go iirc.

It's very tedious work, but along with the drying time etc, if i can make one rib each day i'll be happy. I dont want to be rushing or pushing myself to complete this project as its meant to be enjoyable and if i take it easy and do a rib an evening, they'll all be done soon enough. :)

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Floydr92

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I've had a couple of PM's regarding the gussets joining the aileron onto the wing...i didnt realise the gusset was supposed to be cut with a notch and presumed it was left until cut out later but not glued, i have done the later. Could be rescued with a saw so i'll keep it and do another 24 allowing me to pick the best 24.

Thabks for pointing that out guys ;)
 
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