Dick Stouffer's Simplex - Britplan Build Off January 2013 to June 2013
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Feb 18, 2013
, 06:57 PM
Joined Aug 2002
The build continues and the fuselage is getting assembled. In the first picture you can see where I've notched the top for clearance for down elevator travel. Construction is straightforward so there isn't much to describe. For the most part I use Titebond wood glue for this type of assembly. It dries reasonably fast and I've never had to cut myself off of the model using it. Also it doesn't bother me like the fumes from CA sometimes can. In picture 3 the two sides are taped together and marked for drilling the dowel holes. The masking tape did double duty, holding the parts in alignment and preventing chipping when the drill breaks thru the far side during drilling. Pictures 4 & 6 show what you can do with all those old trophies that are collecting dust. Take the marble bases off and scrap the rest because the bases are good building squares and weights.
Next I'll add the top rear cross members and then sheet the bottom. With the back section good and stable, it'll be time pull the front together and get the firewall installed. I plan on leaving the top open until the radio installation and control linkages are complete.
All the other builds in the build off are looking great. Nice work guys!
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Fuselage assembly has begun. Glued main formers to left side and dowel gussets to both sides.
Supports for servo rails also glued on.
Prepped for drilling dowel holes.
Glued right side to formers. This was after dowel holes were drilled on drill press.
Glued on servo rails and temporarily installed elevator and rudder servos and also the wing dowels test fitted.
Adding cross members to bottom rear of fuselage. Masking tape used as a gentle clamp. Also added 1/32 ply plates to both sides of rudder in control horn area plus shaped some 1/8 square balsa and added to base of rudder.