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Old Oct 22, 2012, 09:47 PM
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One month later...
Okay I'm done building my silly Piper Cub Sailplane, time to get back to working on a "real" sailplane. So where were we? Building a pod-n-boom fuselage that's right.

I taped up the top profile template...



Then using the belt sander (love that tool) sanded to my marks...



Set the sander's guide plate to 45 then began the rounding process...



I need to get the motor installed so I can shape the nose so it blends nicely with the spinner. I broke out the Dremal & started carving out the nose...



Major OOPS!
I got the motor in & then to my dismay discovered that some nit-whit (me) had installed the firewall way to far forwards. Look at the size of that gap! NOT GOOD!..



Move the firewall back? ...not happening. So the next best thing is to build up the nose so it matches the spinner's new position...



One nice thing about the belt sander is that it makes nice clean flat surfaces that I can easily glue scrap balsa too...



Glue scrap wood in place, trim with the sander...



...& glue more wood in place...



Now to take care of the gap. Added a piece of hard-wood to the nose...



Some more sanding & we're looking good...



That looks better!..



I still have lots more shaping to do but I'm happy with today's progress...



That was a bit of a PITA but on the up side I now have a nicely reinforced nose. Its good to be back working on this, fingers crossed there'll be no more distractions or hick-ups.
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