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Rolled the Canoe

September 14, 2013

On 9/10 I rolled the canoe.  Rolling the canoe is a milestone where you take the fuselage and turn it from being upside down to right side up.  It vaguely resembles a plane at this point.  This is also the point, if I understand it correctly, where the quick build builder get their fuselage.  So I have caught up with the quick builders.  I’m glad I did this myself.  The QB option is nice, but getting this far wasnt that hard.

I got help from my wife and my daughter.  We picked it up, carried it outside to the lawn and set it down.   Michelle then picked up her side and I guided it over onto it’s belly.  Easy peasey.

2013-09-10 18.32.47 2013-09-10 18.33.00I took this opportunity to clean the inside of the garage and get it swept up good.  It was pretty filthy.  Then we hauled it back in and placed it on a section of carpet and a beach towel until I can figure out what I am going to do next.

2013-09-10 19.06.43 2013-09-10 19.07.05The next day I had to go through an operation where I had to check for twist.  This is pretty important.  If you have twist in the fuselage it has to be corrected here, otherwise it will be there forever.  I thought this was going to be a huge pain, but it turned out to be relatively quick and easy.

Step one was to level the plane laterally and longitudinally.  We lifted the plane up on to a stand and I laid a level across the center section and along both longerons and with very little adjustment we had it level both ways.  Next you place the aft deck in place and check for level there.

Aft deck in place

Aft deck in place

You measure for level up by where you see the two clecos by themselves.  Guess what?  PERFECT!  No adjustment needed.  After prepping the deck you rivet it into place.  They warn you in the instruction that once its riveted any twist is there forever….so I quintuple checked to make sure I wasn’t adding any twist by accident.  Its all good.

Since Wednesday night I have been just doing a little of this and that.  I did make some gussets and get them drilled last night.

Another deck shot.

Another deck shot.

Canopy latch gusset matchdrilled

Canopy latch gusset matchdrilled

Ready for mounting.

Ready for mounting.

This gusset is for latching the canopy closed.  I worked for about 45-minutes on that square hole on two gussets.  I have to admit I am getting better working with this metal.  I dont dread it anymore and I think I am pretty good at it.  My measurements are spot on and my cutting and filing is well done.

Today I’ll try to finish the gussets and then work on the shoulder harness anchors.  Then….I have another obstacle to overcome.  It’s a doosey.   I’ve been mulling it over for days and I think I now have a solution.  More on that later.

From → Build Log, Fuselage

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