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Old 01-17-2017, 08:20 PM
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Default -8 QB Fuse recommended working height

Christmas in January finally arrived!! My -8 QB Fuse kit showed up and I haven't even started the inventory yet, meaning the plans/manual are still buried somewhere within..

Curious about how others have started this part of the project as far as working height goes. How how off the ground is best for the fuse? Seems like I read somewhere of someone building a rotisserie for the fuse project to make it easier to reach in.

Also, I see where some folks get the gear on fairly early...

Thots...??
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Old 01-17-2017, 09:36 PM
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Longerons a little lower than waist high.
I have had mine in a rotisserie about that hight and then also down lower sitting on milk crates. I liked the rotisserie hight better for most things.
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Old 01-17-2017, 10:55 PM
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Id say 2 feet off the ground. Mine is on a normal table and in instantly regret all my life decisions up to this point.
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Old 01-17-2017, 11:55 PM
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Default Built a support frame for fuselage

Hello !

Just sharing...Please see my build thread here: http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...=127826&page=4

My fuselage is slow build, but I am now at the as "delivered quickbuild stage". I didn't have a suitable table to build my airplane on. Thus, I made myself a support frame that will become eventually my transport dolly. I also added some benches around the frame, such that I can either use them to put tools on or climb on-board the fuselage.

I also plan on making a rotisserie later, once everything is riveted final.

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Old 01-18-2017, 04:20 AM
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At the recommendation of Tony Partain, I purchased two Werner Alum Pro Deck Work Platforms from Home Depot. They stand 16" tall; the platforms come in two sizes and are rated at 225 and 300 lbs. I bought one of each. My QB fuselage is in Oregon awaiting shipment; we'll see how the platforms work out. I've also considered one of John's Rotisserie Kits from Heartland Machine & Mfg. The previously shared Shopify link for purchasing one has expired; not certain of the current status of that company. Wally Anderson (Synergy Air) suggests that's not really necessary; you can do everything fairly well with the fuselage about 2' off the ground.
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Old 01-18-2017, 06:48 AM
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For the most part I worked with a pair of jack stands under the wood blocks bolted into the spar box that the fuselage shipped with. I could adjust the height as needed and it worked out. Were I to do it again though, I'd definitely take the time to build a rotisserie. Reaching in rather than bending over and reaching down has got to be easier.
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Old 01-27-2017, 02:22 PM
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I used an auto engine stand from Harbor Freight as a rotisserie, and never regretted it. Along with a rolling, adjustable-height stool, I could comfortably reach most places in the fuselage with it rotated 90 degrees. This was PRICELESS during the wiring stage...which will come soon for you.
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Old 01-28-2017, 05:17 AM
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What Bruce said!

I would highly recommend that you either build or buy a rotisserie jig for your RV-8 fuse. Rotating the fuse 90 degrees from the upright position provides easy access to floors, longeron areas, wiring, etc.

IMO a rotisserie jig and an adjustable height stool are a must have and a real back saver.
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Old 01-28-2017, 06:03 AM
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I used an auto engine stand from Harbor Freight as a rotisserie, and never regretted it. Along with a rolling, adjustable-height stool, I could comfortably reach most places in the fuselage with it rotated 90 degrees. This was PRICELESS during the wiring stage...which will come soon for you.
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Old 01-28-2017, 06:44 PM
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Default Sounds like rotisserrie is the way to go!

Thinking I'll go to a rotisserrie. It doesn't appear to be terribly expensive to make and if it'll save what's left of my back...... Probably Harbor Freight's version..
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