38% Bill Hempel Decathlon
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Apr 04, 2010
, 08:11 PM
Joined Jun 2004
I finally have some shots of the assembled Decathlon sans the power train. I was able to balance using sand bags as shown. It took 180ozs (11.25lbs) to balance at 30% (7.5" from the LE). I don't know if BH planned it that way (OK, I'll say he did) but the first wing bolt hole is exactly at 7.5" from the LE. A convenient spot I'd say. A simple rope sling made things easy. Now I have some figures to work with to help determine which engine, exhaust system, prop and spinner to use.
I was also able to do some work on the wheels, pants, top hatch and few other items. I'll follow up with some thoughts and pics about those a bit later.
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I think I like this airplane just as well without the wheel pants.
My mug for size comparison. "War Eagle"
Rear quarter looks pretty good too
A convenient spot for the balance sling
9 bags of sand. 180 ozs.