of the Lower Wing Butt ribs hadn't been filed to it's
finished size. These ribs just don't seem to ever go away.
Am I done yet ?
Cut and filed down six additional -057
Cut out and filed/ground down one -053 and one -054 fitting.
Cut one additional -057 fitting(unhappy with one of the ones I had previously made.)
Reviewed plans for 3-piece wing. Looked over the fuselage drawings. Worked on CAD drawings.
Spent about 3 hours going through the items I picked up from Gus. A lot of stainless steel fasteners and a lot of
tubing for welding practice. Quite a bit of Sitka Spruc and Birch plywood. I still need to inventory the wood.
Aug 21 - 27
On vacation and brought the books. Reading up on taps and dies, drilling holes,
weight and balance, etc etc
Drew patterns for Upper and Lower Aileron Tip Ribs.
cut and sanded all four tip ribs for the Upper and Lower
Drew up the Servo Horn, Tab Horn and servo trim shaft fittings and both Instrument Panels on the CAD.
Printed out the above fittings, cut all three out of 4130 and ground to size.
Printed out all four -33 fittings, cut and ground down to size.
Printed fittings -55 and -56, cut and ground to size.
More welding practice!
Drew up Rear Landing Gear and Lower Wing fitting, and Rear Lower Wing
fitting up on CAD.
Printed out, cut and ground/filed to size four Rear Landing Gear and Wing fitting.
Filed out 1" opening in above fittings.
Weld Practice !
More welding practice
Dare I say... more welding ?
CAD: Aileron Hinge Detail
More welding practice.
Finished drawing up the Aileron Hinge Detail on the CAD.
Drew up the Front Landing Gear and Flying Wire Fittings.
More Welding practice.
CAD details for Front Landing Gear
and Flying Wire Fittings.
CAD... tailspring attachments, more detail to above fitting so that I don't
have to look at this print and Steens to make the fitting.
YES! A breakthrough in welding. Nice weld lines tonight.
Welding practice. Perfecting my technique.
Cut the front and back spar blanks for the lower wings. Still need to plane down
the front spar. Unable to do it on my table saw.
Turned back the pressure on the tanks to approx. 5 lbs each. Easier to
control the puddle... it wasn't running away. Good session.
More welding practice. Turned down the heat a bit tonight. Not happy with the welds.
It seem like it was an effort to make decent welds.
Review of rudder pedals drawings.
Fabricated Rudder Pedal jig. Cut all tubing for Rudder Pedals close to size on the bandsaw.
Began notching tubing for rudder pedals.
CAD work. Rudder Pedal Fittings.
Cut the 45's, the rest of the notches and cut to size the Rudder Pedal tubing.
Continued welding practice. They say use it or loose it.
Trimmed to size the 2" tubes. Took forever without the right tools. Should have cut straight edge first then
More welding practice. Larger, thicker tubing.
Cutout patterns printed for the rudder pedal brackets.
Spent 2 1/2 hours down in the shop tonight. Didn't accomplish a thing. Worked on getting the
bandsaw to cut straight again. Still isn't fixed and I'm out of blades now too. DAMN !
While waiting for my new bandsaw blades I practiced a little more on my welding.
Looking good !
Getting pretty good at this welding stuff. At least I think so. Did another hour of practicing with the torch.
Took about an hour to put together the new lathe.
Sandblasted the older fittings I had purchased from Steen way back when.
Sprayed a coat of white primer on them.
MORE welding practice. I don't want to stop welding. I know what a
week or two of not welding can do for your style.
Got the bandsaw put back together, and a new blade. Cut out six pieces that go onto the
rudder pedals and ground down to size. Just a few more fittings to cut and grind and I'll be able to weld these things together.
Practiced on two more compound weld joints. Gotta keep practicing.
Cutout the four 3/4" x 4" fittings that are welded up to the back of the pilot's brake pedals. Ground them down to size. Damn Harbor Freight bandsaw blade lost a
tooth so I had to hand cut these.
Cut and ground down seven additional pieces of the rudder pedal. All hand cut again. Still waiting on the bandsaw blades.
Cut and filed down five more fittings. Slow going without that
bandsaw. Only need to cut and file down eight round metal caps for the top horizontal tubes, and the metal straps for up and over the the same tubes on the pedals and then I can start welding up.