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Old Feb 06, 2016, 05:58 PM
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eye bolt

I did not like the idea of an eye bolt just screwed in to wood. I took a piece of 4-40 linkage rod and bent in into a loop. It screws into a blind nut. I made sure that the eye loop fits into the tube mounted into the fuselage where my connecting spring will be.
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Old Feb 06, 2016, 06:01 PM
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Both wings are now to a place where I want to sand my leading edges. At this time I am only going to sheet the top and bottom at the front front so that I can blend the leading edge into the sheeting.
I have my guide lines marked onto the leading edge to help me keep a straight edge and also to not sand away too much sheeting.
I mentioned in an earlier post that the 1/8 sq basswood stringers are a mod I made to strengthen the sheeting. Sooner or later I always seem to poke my thumb through it. These stringers solved that problem.
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Old Feb 06, 2016, 06:08 PM
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I am very glad that I have waited to do the remainder of the sheeting as well as the cap strips, and the 1/8 sg. stringers on the outboard wing section.
There has been a ton of handling of the wings up to this point.
In the past I have always damaged those delicate parts from all the handling. So this was my work-around to accommodate my lumberjack ways and it has really helped me.
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Old Feb 08, 2016, 03:43 PM
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Awesome pictures of tail assembly by Jswain

JSWain,

Seriously, without your pictures in post#294, I doubt I could have figured out the stabilizer.
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This is my finished wing.
As I had mentioned previously, I recessed my rear 3/8 wide spar deeper into the ribs so that they were flush to the top. This made it much easier to sheet and cap strip the top.
Personally, I like curves. So I used a french curve to modify my top sheeting for a curve rather than an angle.
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Again, I am very thankful to all for the pics posted on the tail. The DreamCatcher directions are junk.
Anyway, I had a stab of the exact same spar/steel rod design pop off another one of Tom Williams designs, the Windrifter.
Seriously, most two meter sailplanes have thicker spar support in the stabilizer.
So I beefed this one up. I used 1/8 thick balsa instead of the 3/32 so that I could completely enclose the 1/8 dia. alum tube. I then sandwiched it with 1/32 ply, and added the top caps.
It weighs next to nothing and was amazingly strong when I tried to bend it. I am real happy with this mod.
I will do the same design mod to the short rear spar.
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