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Old Apr 02, 2012, 11:39 PM
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Old Apr 05, 2012, 04:27 PM
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Old Apr 06, 2012, 04:23 PM
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Old Apr 06, 2012, 11:34 PM
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Old Apr 09, 2012, 12:20 AM
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Good idea having your layup schedule written out! I have made the mistake in my schedule before and really wanted to kick myself. Nice work, getting to the gravey.

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Old Apr 13, 2012, 11:08 PM
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These joins are all prepped with 80 grit and alcohol.

Join Rear Lower Fuselage Seam


Insert Ply Dowel Bulkhead



I was having to wait for the ply bulkhead insert to cure so that I could remove the saddle sections for access when joining the firewall chin subassembly.




Cowl mount blocks held in place temporarily with quick 5 minute epoxy



Next time I will have access to allow attaching the firewall chin in the same operation as the lower rear seam and dowel bulkhead.
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Old Apr 20, 2012, 03:41 PM
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...not a lot of time today, but I did find the hour and a half to assemble the chin to the main fuselage - now we wait.... I know, I know, what else is new




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Old Apr 21, 2012, 09:11 AM
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Canopy Frame Serial 000002

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Old Apr 21, 2012, 01:22 PM
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How do you arrive at a unique airplane?? You nique up on it of course!
Slowly, but rest assured, assuredly, I am moving toward something here. lol
Green leaves a lot to be desired in the way of opacity.

Untrimmed Weight - 820 grams or approx. 1.8lbs






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Old Apr 22, 2012, 08:44 AM
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I've carved enough hard balsa block and melted enough plastic in my mother's old oven to know that waiting overnight for a canopy frame to set up is almost too good to be true!
Not bad for #2, but canopy #3 will be even better...



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Old Apr 22, 2012, 10:08 AM
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Old Apr 23, 2012, 01:52 AM
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I've got something cooking tonight - wanna take a guess??
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Old Apr 23, 2012, 11:16 AM
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You guessed it - that's a lower cowl section.

The tool in all rights should have been at least a two piece mould with the forward section pulling straight off the nose.
Don't be fooled by the test part, rather let it convince you of the durability of the materials involved. I stood on the mould and pulled and twisted that thing with all my might.
Pile it into the ground, dust it off, pop out the dings and stick it back on.
Lets see you do that with an ABS cowl - NOT!!
We conquered the opaqueness issue with a couple of coats of automotive paint in the mould.
So the next fuselage will get brown camo followed by green paint.


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Old May 10, 2012, 06:23 AM
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Great looking plane, and thanks a TON for the vids and buildlog, you inspired me to start scratch building (starting with foam though, to build experience).

Pardon the n00b question, but could you explain why you decided to make the lower cowl a separate part from the fuse? Is it for durability, so you can replace just that part after a minor crash?
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Old May 13, 2012, 10:41 AM
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razortoe?? I hope that isn't anything like cameltoe!!

The short answer is that it removing the spinner to access the engine bay is a lot of work if you're going to do it more than once. Hope that helps, and good luck on your build!
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