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#1 wheelsB4wings Sep 28, 2012 04:08 PM

HABU 32 repair.
 
Hi all,

Sharing a repair I did on a friends habu 32. He crashed on a deadstick landing hitting a tree.

After reviewing the damage, thankfully on the balsa and ply pieces were broken. The fiberglass fuselage had minimal damage. Leading edge and skin of the right wing had some cracks as well. Rich used florescent trim monokote to help with orientation.

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN9940.jpg

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN9942.jpg

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN9943.jpg

I started with the fuselage repair.

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN9944.jpg

Removed the battery tray and landing gear pieces to inspect the damage. These were used as templates for cutting replacements. Used 1/8 6 layer ply for these pieces.

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN9946.jpg

Jigsaw used to cut overall shapes.

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN9947.jpg

Rotary tool with a multipurpose bit used to initially cut all lightening holes and required openings then finished with a sanding drum.

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN9948.jpg

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN9950.jpg

Finished pieces.

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN9949.jpg

Test fitted before epoxying into fuselage.

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN9953.jpg

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN9951.jpg

Installation of battery tray and nose gear support into fuselage. Started on the damaged wing next.

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN0031.jpg

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN0034.jpg

Removed the monokote to see how much damage done.

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN0036.jpg

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN0037.jpg

Removed damaged skins and leading edge.

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN0038.jpg

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN0039.jpg

Sheeting applied. 1/16 sheet balsa worked well.

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN0040.jpg

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN0042.jpg

Sanded repair skin to match rest of wing.

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN0043.jpg

http://i779.photobucket.com/albums/y...r/DSCN0044.jpg

Used peeled off existing monokote and some additional color for Rich's orientation.

Safe flying,
Shaz-

#2 jgalexander Oct 25, 2012 01:58 PM

Nicely done. Thanks for sharing!
Josh


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