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Nice Weather Brings Out the RV

April 21, 2014

I finally got out of the house and into the garage this weekend.  Michelle and I went to storage, picked up the wings and brought them back to the house.  The goal for the weekend was to get the wings attached and drill the hole in the rear spar and its fuselage attach point.  I had wanted to put the plane in the garage with the wings on, but that wasn’t going to happen.  The plane will just barely fit in the garage that way.  We’d have to move everything out of the garage and even then I’m not sure I’d have room to maneuver.

2014-04-20 12.18.41It was pretty cool seeing this.  There was one big problem, though.  I had lots of people stopping by to talk and ask questions.  I did get the opportunity to meet many of my neighbors whom I haven’t met before.  We have a new young couple living next door and it turns out he is a pilot and he owns a Piper Tomahawk.  As far as the work was concerned Michelle, Gayle and I got the wings on pretty easily.  They fit very snugly which you would expect.  However we ran into some issues.  In order to decide whether the wings are right or not you have to hang plumb lines from the wing leading edge and then check to see that all the lines are in a row.  It is possible to have some forward or aft sweep of the wings.  I did this, but there was just enough wind to make the plumbs move, so I wasn’t able to make an accurate determination.  I think there is a small amount of forward sweep, but I cannot be 100% sure.  The other problem I ran into was that the wings are so well fit that I’m not even sure how I can adjust the wings to remove the sweep  We pushed and pulled and prodded that wing but were unable to get it to budge.  All in all we got some stuff done this weekend, but we ended up doing all this work so that we could come up with an alternate plan for next weekend.

The plan for next weekend is to only remove some of the stuff from the garage and put it together again and see where we get.  Doing some measuring we think that we can get the nose of the plane into the garage with the wings just barely in.  Hopefully this will be good enough to keep the plumb lines still.


From → Build Log, Fuselage

One Comment
  1. Paul Steen permalink

    Awesome! That’s a huge milestone. I’ve got to plan a trip to come up and see it. How about a week when you’re not traveling and neither am I. It might be easier to get all the planets to align.

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