Two 144" long T-38's
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Mar 19, 2012
, 08:22 PM
United States, NV, Las Vegas
Joined Dec 2004
Well Rodger last week after reading your awesome glassing tips for a non sheeted wing I thought about it and it made sence what you were saying. It will be a heavy plane and it would need a bunch of layers to get it where it would need to be strength wise. I did the math and it comes out lighter sheeting it and glassing with one layer of glass vs. multiple layers of glass alone. Sooo last Friday I ordered the sheeting. I had to put the wings aside this weekend while I wait for the wood to arrive but I did get a bunch of little things that needed to get done on the build finished. One was modifying the struts to take the 6" wheel. I am no machinist but I improvised and got it done. Hysol is some amazing stuff. To test it I abused it pretty hard simulating hard landings and side loads and it seems to be pretty solid so we will see. If it breaks I will have to just take it in and have it sweat soldered or welded.
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Hole drilled for the case hardned pin.
Not pictured is the additional aluminum tabs Hysoled to the sides of the joint.0
6" wheel now clears the offset.
Main side doors made
After the pined and Hysoled joint cured for two days I beat it up pretty good trying to simulate a 30 pound plane landing on it..works pretty sweet.
Flat spots put in in order to clear the retracts motor body.
End result is a little bulge were the side aluminum tabs have been added and Hysoled on but with the wheel on it's hardly noticable.
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