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Old 08-30-2017, 12:20 PM
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I've had hardly anytime to work on the plane the last week mostly because I was blocked by not having enough double sided tape. Got the elevator's trailing edges taped in, foam ribs sealed in and the edges riveted.

On the wing side I've completed all of the large parts inventory. I'm half way through the ball of fasteners and bags. I've checked off all of the bags measured by weight and gone through all of the bags that require counting of parts that contain only one part (like bags of pop rivets). Basically I've gotten all the low hanging fruit and have only the bags containing random parts and bags of multi sized screws and endless nut plates.

Here it is in action:
https://youtu.be/PQe7DmQ9YM8
https://youtu.be/xFtbyS2e8ic

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Old 09-02-2017, 08:59 AM
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Old 09-07-2017, 12:33 AM
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Hi all,

So I've polished off most of the elevators. The leading edges are done. I learned from my rudder experience and these went down very smoothly. I only accidentally put the lower skins on top of the upper skins on only one section of one elevator. Thankfully that was caught before riveting.

Anyways I've moved onto the wings. Inventory is done which is always fun. I've started on the ailerons first. I'll be doing those and the flaps first since they're small and I can hide them away. I'm basically doing all of the smaller work first. I may even do the tanks before the main wings? Not sure yet.

One thing I do know is that I bought crappy drill bits and trying to drill holes through that stainless steel counterweight bar has ruined about 3 drill bits so far.

On a side note my available building time I'm afraid is going to possibly be going down. The maintenance officer on the board of my flying club has retired. I was approached for the position and I've been elected to do the job. Now on top of my plane I'm responsible for maintaining a fleet of 4 aircraft and the 130 member's lives that fly them. It's a crash course to be sure but I'm leaning a lot. Just hired a great A&P to be the club's mechanic and I'm learning everything I've ever wanted to know.

Anyways, here are some videos from working on the wing. Enjoy:

https://youtu.be/40I_mF8KRF8
https://youtu.be/oTdtstz9zos
https://youtu.be/xmULgWlxM4M
https://youtu.be/h3w2p08yDdU
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Old 09-11-2017, 01:29 PM
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So the last week has been interesting. I had taken the week off in hopes of rest and recuperation. Instead it was frantic work and trying to get my head wrapped around the responsibilities of being a flying club maintenance officer.

Anyways, that's all still a mess but there is at least a light at the end of that tunnel. I did manage to get some build time in between work emergencies and plane maintenance work. The ailerons are now doing just fine that I secured some proper drill bits. High speed steel = ****. I mean they're fine for aluminum but stainless steel just laughs at them. I almost had a L vs R mirroring part issue but I managed to avoid that so no ordering of new parts for me!

Here are a few of the vids I put together. There's a few more but those will have to come later. Enjoy:

https://youtu.be/q3WajKiDe0k
https://youtu.be/M0Zg2D9fka8
https://youtu.be/t9xsDNkS5Jc
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Old 09-15-2017, 11:55 AM
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I've been continuing work on the ailerons this week. I finally got the correct bits and have made the counterweights succumb to the cobalt! After completing the stiffeners I've finished the left aileron though those videos won't be out until next week.

It's been hard balancing doing my build and my club's maintenance but I believe I've found a good way to strike a balance and have members help out enough to make it sustainable. The best perk is that I get to do any maintenance test flying and bill it to the club

Here are the latest vids:

https://youtu.be/32RHbMpQBb0
https://youtu.be/kN3LM3oszKw
https://youtu.be/lwdpg1SvtVA
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Old 09-19-2017, 01:55 PM
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Default Another week.. more deburring

So aileron work continues. Nothing very exciting really. Deburr, deburr, deburr. Here are the next few videos in the series. Enjoy.

https://youtu.be/w-UJhzdb8II
https://youtu.be/-E-e93GKgtE
https://youtu.be/tBlQEgHUOSk
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Old 09-26-2017, 05:27 PM
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Aileron work continues. I've gotten the left one completed and I've just got a box from vans containing the replacement aileron top skin for the right aileron. Why do I need a replacement aileron skin? I MAY have scuffed, primed and dimpled the top right aileron skin on the wrong side... which is ironic because I'd written all over the skins with 'inboard', 'outboard', 'fore', 'aft', 'top', 'bottom', etc with arrows just to avoid this very thing from happening. A ounce of prevention is worth $13 in shipping costs apparently!

Thankfully unlike a rudder skin, the aileron skins can be rolled and shipped in a much smaller box!!

Anyways we'll get to that **** up and fix in the next set of feeds. For now here are the next videos of the aileron construction from earlier. It goes through deburring, dimpling, riveting etc. Enjoy.

https://youtu.be/c66mfZ0sOBA
https://youtu.be/M5HkZWjLbg8
https://youtu.be/M5HkZWjLbg8
https://youtu.be/oVoc3xOVSHM
https://youtu.be/MVRgcW4QsSA
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Old 09-28-2017, 10:05 AM
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Why do I need a replacement aileron skin? I MAY have scuffed, primed and dimpled the top right aileron skin on the wrong side... which is ironic because I'd written all over the skins with 'inboard', 'outboard', 'fore', 'aft', 'top', 'bottom', etc with arrows just to avoid this very thing from happening. A ounce of prevention is worth $13 in shipping costs apparently!
Isn't that the way it goes? You really have to focus on the task at hand and be thinking constantly about each step. I creased my rudder skin because I ran off the back rivet plate. It sounds so simple to avoid such a, frankly, silly mistake, but it will happen the moment I lose focus.

It's the same effect that causes a lot of fumbled exchanges in football, throwing errors in baseball, and missed shots in golf. Even the best professionals in the world make mistakes because they lose focus.

Regain the focus and move on! You are doing great! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-28-2017, 12:59 PM
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Isn't that the way it goes? You really have to focus on the task at hand and be thinking constantly about each step. I creased my rudder skin because I ran off the back rivet plate. It sounds so simple to avoid such a, frankly, silly mistake, but it will happen the moment I lose focus.

It's the same effect that causes a lot of fumbled exchanges in football, throwing errors in baseball, and missed shots in golf. Even the best professionals in the world make mistakes because they lose focus.

Regain the focus and move on! You are doing great! Thanks for sharing.
Ironically that's exactly what I did to my rudder skin as well!
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Old 10-03-2017, 11:30 AM
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I've finally finished off both of the ailerons. Once I redid the top skin for the right aileron everything fell into place nicely. I've now just started in on the flaps. There aren't many pieces thankfully so it'll probably just be one full day of deburring.

It's sad that I think about it like that. It's not, 'oh wooo the flaps' its, 'oh woo more deburring'.

Anyways in my side job as maintenance officer I've got some interesting real world stuff coming up. Going to assist in a field change of a cylinder on one plane and change out a starter and battery on another. By the time I get around to having my plane completed I think I might actually be ready for it.

Here's the latest vids of the aileron work including finishing up the left aileron, the foul up with the right aileron, the fix of that and most of the right aileron riveting. Enjoy.

https://youtu.be/mViaJt2wc8s
https://youtu.be/1I3WRkub-i4
https://youtu.be/nxJV6OVZcSg
https://youtu.be/r2G9_gLFVE8
https://youtu.be/VmZXvKmNc3I
https://youtu.be/2Z-AstBtOU0
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