January 21st, 2008 1.5 hrs - 137.0 hrs total. Bought some more clamps
yesterday. Made two more clamping braces and fit them in place. Have about 6
more to do on the nose ribs, and 4 on the mid section before I can remove the
stab from the jig.
January 24th, 2008 4.0 hrs - 141.0 hrs total. Made four more clamping braces
and clamped in place on nose ribs. Still have four more to make for the nose ribs
and either two or four for the mid section. Very time consuming as each one has
to be made to fit exactly, and be exactly square. Have to cut to close shape and
sand to final fit.
|Most of the clamping braces in place.
|Detail of typical clamping brace.
January 25th, 2008 3.5hrs - 144.5 hrs total. Bought about 15 or 20 more clamps. Made and installed two more
clamp braces for the nose ribs. Started on the last two.
January 26th, 2008 5.0 hrs - 149.5 hrs total. Finished last two nose rib clamp braces and clamped in place. Made
all four mid section clamping braces. Clamped in one pair. Cut some stock to make the 1/16 backing plates for the
blocking on the trailing spar. Removed all the temporaroy bracing from the jig.
January 27th, 2008 4.5hrs - 154.0 hrs total. Made all six 1/16" ful span backing plates for hing point blocking.
Sanded flanges down slightly to make them flush with back of blocking so backing plates would sit flush. Glued them
all in place.
January 28th, 2008 2.5 hrs - 156.5 hrs total. Removed clamps from last nights glue job. Sanded down some excess
epoxy. Clamped last two clamping brackets in place. Clamped #6 ribs back in place - had to remove them to glue in
backing covers yesterday. Marked trailing spar for location of mid section jack ribs. Removed stab from jig and hung
upside down above jig. Will be able to glue in main spar blocking without glue dripping out now.
February 1st, 2008 1.5 hrs - 158 hrs total. Glued in main spar blocking. Used a new steam iron and steamed one of
the mid section jack ribs that was warped as well as one of the trim tab hinge plates. Clamped them flat and will let
them dry for a couple of days and see if it worked. Picked up the eleveator and rudder hinge plates, elevator pushrod,
and some other parts from the machine shop today.
February 2nd, 2008 1.0hrs - 159 hrs total. Aligned elevator spar web in jig. Looks like I'll be able to use it as is.
Dry fit elevator ribs to plan width for flanges. Will cut them 7/8ths X 5/8 in stead of X 1/2. Will recommend to
Terry he change the plans. Rather than spreading the flanges out on the web - just use 1/8" wider stock to allow
sanding to shape.
|Control pushrod, 3 rudder and 7 elevator hinges, control horn bracket.
|Reinforcement plates welded in place.