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Old Feb 18, 2013, 05:36 PM
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Gentle Lady build - help needed

Building the Gentle Lady wing, right inboard panel, the directions say to "position 1/8" ply spar brace in front slots but dont glue. See image attached of page 6 of the recent issue manual.

This is the step I am on, and dont know if I should be looking for a laser cut piece or if this is a piece of scrap. What is the purpose of this step?

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- it appears to be temporary use of the piece of wood, but the ribs 6 and 7 are already glued in place so dont need to have their position held..
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 07:23 PM
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I remember that piece. It's kind of a half teardrop shape and was laser cut in my kit a few years back. I've built 2 GL's and both had them. I believe it's for spar support but kind of a weird spot for it. Anyway they get glued into place eventually.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 07:40 PM
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It's a brace that will be glued into place later. They have you install it at this point because you wouldn't be able to get it into place later. It's kind of a strange way of doing it but it does work.
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 07:47 PM
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Those comments help a lot, because I know to search for it in the kit and that is is used later- put in place now because for some reason it cannot be positioned later.

It's odd, because all the following pictures don't show it - it disappeared, and I still haven't found any reference to it later - in words or pictures.

I'll just keep rereading the instructions until I figure it out or someonesheds more light.

The Gentle Lady Kit is truly remarkable - very well designed, great laser cut pieces, but I find the documentation could be more detailed. There is a lot of thought process to figure out what to do in some places. And because it is not detailed, it is easy to make a mistake that would need time and materials to correct.

I am still trying to figure out how this piece is used and I'll post the answer whan and if I find it. Meanwhile if someone knows, please advise!
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Old Feb 18, 2013, 08:30 PM
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The spar braces are in the 1/8" ply sheet (sheet 6009) shown on page 4 of the instructions. One is simply labeled 'brace' and there is another one in the same sheet. The Gentle Lady is definitely a favorite of a friend of mine and it is a very nice floater.
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Old Feb 13, 2014, 07:31 PM
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Glad this post was here as I was just scratching my head over this. I found the pieces on my own but wasn't sure about the orientation of the piece. Think I have it now. I look forward to finishing but the cold weather has a long way to go before it's sailing time any way.
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