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It's always a good thing when you have an excuse to buy new tools.
 

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My son and I built a new hot box for my epoxy. That is to say, I built the box and he, being 11, decided it was a great day to shoot his pellet rifle in the back yard.
I don't have the door hardware or thermostat, so just put a piece of foam over the front for now. Should have everything needed to finish it tomorrow.
 

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What's the wattage on the lamp and how hot does it stay in there? Lotta stuff to lose if there's a power outage.
 

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What's the wattage on the lamp and how hot does it stay in there? Lotta stuff to lose if there's a power outage.
I'm not worried about the light going out, I'm an a bit concerned about the bulb being a little too hot and damaging the bottles leading to a pool of epoxy on the floor. I have a terrarium thermostat coming that should work very well to control the temp.
 

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I replaced the tailwheel leaf spring on my Hatz. It was a Champ spring which is 1½" wide, after a while it would relax and the tailwheel would start shimmying and gradually get worse. I replaced it with a Citabria spring which is 1¾" wide but otherwise identical, so it should be 17% stiffer/stronger. Went flying afterwards, much better. I can still make it shimmy if I pull the stick all the way back so "don't do that". Hopefully it will hold up better.
 

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First time working on it in almost five weeks, between work and traveling every weekend. Got the (removable) right hand stick wired, assembled, and terminated with a connector.

Next up is the left hand stick, gluing the canopy, finishing the remaining wiring in the cabin area, and wiring the panel/switches.
 

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Attended day 1 of the Jabiru engine class today. Now I know just enough about the Bing carburetor to be extremely dangerous. :)
 

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Well, within the last 24 hours I've learned about the importance of the placement of the hull step in an amphibious hull. Different kinds of control horns. The potential to use chines to reduce water suction at takeoff. And I've pretty much worked out the framework for the main wing on my Pondhopper.
 

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After much testing / tweaking... I'm pondering trying to roll my first carbon tube on the xwinder today.

Got 2 fiberglass tubes I wasn't ashamed to say I made this week. Hoping to break them next week; see if they come even close to what the computer says they'll carry.

If anyone's wondering - it's way worse than tuning/calibrating a 3d printer. :fear:
 

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The past few days I have been coming to grips with the harsh reality...


It is time to pull the plane off its gear, roll it on its side, fabricate the speedbrake and prep and paint it. All I am doing mucking about inside it adding things that will need to be removed and making it harder for myself. Even my 11 year old son knows I am only prolonging the inevitable.

To that end, my plan is to remove the nosegear and engine mount, bolt a steel angle iron mount across the firewall and use an engine stand to be able to lock the fuselage in position. The rear of the plane will be supported on a sawhorse and it should be really secure.
 
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