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Old Feb 07, 2013, 03:23 PM
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Planking Nose Bottom

The bottom nose planking is done same as the top, but only extends to F9. This is to help distribute hard-landing stresses; same as not ending wing spar doublers at the same place. The planking is a bit easier here as the canopy opening is not in the way.

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Lower nose sheeting about half done. Again, hard balsa is being used; some soaking may be helpful. Clamping the planks in place is now getting really interesting. For easier planking you can use soft balsa; then pins, tape, etc. can be used. For me, heavier wood in front of the CG is OK, and the nose needs the strength. It will take as long as it takes.
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