This photo is of the prototype during the
earlier phases of construction.
May 8 2010 3.0hrs - 996.0 total. More sanding of the
glue joints, cargo compartment, lower longeron, etc.
May 9 2010 1.5hrs - 997.5 total. More sanding....
May 16 2010 4.0hrs - 1001.5hrs total. Cut, shaped
and glued in seat support rails. Glued in shoulder
strap reinforcement plate on back of BH-11.
May 17 2010 2.5hrs - 1004.0 total. Cut, shaped and
drilled the seat back reinforcement strips. Mounted
and aligned seat side supports to check alignment with
reinforcement strips. Drilled holes in BH-11 for
strips. Also drilled holes in floor through seat rails and
trial fit seat.
May 24 2010 3.0hrs - 1007.0 total. Bought some
mold release agent and coated some 1/4" smooth
Glued in seat back reinforcement pieces using the prepared bolts to clamp them in place. Used extra epoxy to seal
some areas and fill some spots on the tail web, etc.
May 26 2010 1.0hrs - 1008.0 total. Removed bolts - release agent worked! Sanded more of the previously sealed
areas on BH-11.
June 11 2010 1.5hrs - 1009.5 total. Sanded new glue joints around seat back and bottom supports. Sanded several
other spots where glue or fill was still shiny.
June 13 2010 1.0hrs - 1010.5 total. Sanded more glue joints and fills, in the tail this time.
June 14 2010 1.5hrs - 1012.0 total. Located full size template for reinforcing piece that goes on backside of BH-5.
Finished sanding cockpit floor and sides. Finished sanding BH-11 shoulder strap reinforcement plate and shaped and
sanded inside of slots.
June 19 2010 1.0hrs - 1013.0 total. Sanded the large areas on the front and back of the baggage compartment walls
where I'd tried various pigments in the sealer. Sanded down a couple of small sots that I'd missed in the cockpit and
behind BH-11. Vacuumed up and wiped down same areas in preparation for sealing.
June 25 2010 4.5hrs - 1017.5 total. Painted one coat of sealer on front and back of BHs 8 and 11, top of cockpit
floor and upper and lower longerons on port and S.B. sides between BH 8 and 11. Let it dry for about 4 hours then
added a second coat. Added some pigment to the second coat for a couple of the batches so I could tell where I had
applied it. Tried using a brush for part of it, but a roller works much better and uses much less glue.
June 27 2010 4.0hrs - 1021.5 total. Painted first coat of paint in cockpit area where sealer was applied. The paint
helped to reveal several pits and splits in the surface layer of the plywood bulkheads along the edges. Sanded these
areas along with some other bumps that showed up. Mixed up a small batch of thickened epoxy and filled in all the
pits and cracks. Mixed another large batch of sealer and painted the top of the main diaphragm and inside of lower
longerons in that area. Added second coat after about 4 hours.
|BH-11 front side after first layer of paint and some freshly applied thickened epoxy patches.
|Back of BH-11 and main diaphragm after first coat of sealer.