Oct 12, 2012, 09:45 AM
United States, CA, Petaluma
Joined Mar 2011
Originally Posted by quadracer
Progress so far: All formers in and glued, battery tray and top plate dry-fitted. I want to wait until tomorrow to glue the last pieces, just in case I think of something I forgot.
I was quite impressed that the MB kit includes pretty much the entire front half of the plane, sans gear, of course.
It was really straightforward, the hardest part being getting the first former in front of the wing tube wedged into place. I ended up debonding the tube to allow the fuse sides to seperate.
Pretty much just a process of tearing out the broken stuff, taking an inventory of what needs replaced, and putting the new pieces in. (In my case, I used eery piece in the kit....
Some "before" pics
Much of the mangled pieces removed
First three formers installed; An important note.... You want to install the landing gear plate before you put that third former in. (Ask me how I learned that..)
Fourth former and battery tray installed
Finished mock-up before gluing it all together
The kit includes the entire top plate and magnets, all the way to the back of the canopy. I didn't need that much of it, and didn't feel like debonding all of that, so I'm splicing it in, right behind the landing gear former.
It took me roughly 1.5 hours to get this much done, so it's not too terribly time consuming. Plus, I'm starting to find repairs to be somewhat therapeutic.
excellent job, looks like it will be good as new once your done