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February, 2003

February 1, 2003 - 1.5 hours
More rivets into the left bottom skins

February 2, 2003 - 3.5 hours
Finished riveting the wing skins. The wings are now ready to go on the fuse. Also turned the fuselage around in the garage and rearranged things so that I'll have room to attach the wings. Started getting the tail ready to mount.

February 4, 2003 - 1.5 hours
Fixed and redrilled the center hinge holes in the elevator control horns.

February 5, 2003 - 1.5 hours
Drilled the holes in the elevator horn where the control push rod attaches, removed the elevators and started installing the tail on the fuselage.

February 6, 2003 - 1.5 hours
Fabricated the up elevator stop and the two little spacers that go under the HS forward spar. Clamped the Horizontal Stabilizer onto the fuselage and measured it all.

Up elevator stop. It still needs to be trimmed a little.

Horizontal Stabilizer clamped in place.

February 8, 2003 - 4.5 hours
Finished installing the HS and started getting the VS clamped and lined up.

This distance from the aft deck to the tooling holes should be the same front and back to achieve the 0 degree incidence angle.

Eight bolts hold the horizontal stabilizer to the fuselage.

The horizontal stabilizer is installed!

Clamping the rear spar of the vertical stabilizer to the fuselage.

Clamp arrangement for the forward spar of the vertical stabilizer.

February 9, 2003 - 2.75 hours
Cleaned up a little bit and rearranged the garage for installing the wings. Vern, Steve and John all came over and we managed to get the wings installed. Thanks a million guys.

Trying to get the wing lined up.

Vern and Steve are trying to get the bolt into the spar.

There it is with the wings on. (The wheels were John's idea. Nice touch.)

The wings are on!!

A couple of hardware store bolts and a little wheel bearing grease hold the wings on for now.

February 10, 2003 - 0.5 hours
Checked the alignment of the wings and discovered that I have too much forward sweep. The wings are going to have to come back off so I can trim the rear spar a little more.

February 12, 2003 - 1.5 hours
Worked on aligning and drilling the VS to the fuselage.

February 13, 2003 - 2.2 hours
Shannon and Kelly came out to give me a hand with the wings and we managed to get them off and and after a little trimming they went back on and lined up just right.

To check the forward sweep of the wing, four plum bobs are hung from the leading edge of the wings.

If all four plum bobs line up then the wings are straight relative to one another.

After the forward sweep is checked and the wings are square with the fuselage I marked the rear spar with a sharpie.

February 13, 2003 - 4 hours
Finished the baffle seals on the engine baffles and spent the rest of the time trying to figure out how to seal around the inlets. I drilled the seal material for the inlets.

February 15, 2003 - 3.5 hours
Measured the sweep, incidence angle and angle from the fuse again. Mounted the flaps to make sure that they would close properly, then took them off. Then I took a long break, came back out to the garage measured everything again, stood back and scratched my head, and then once I had measured everything one more time, I finally got up the nerve to drill a 1/8" hole through the rear spar attach point. Whew a whole day and two holes.

Measuring the incidence angle with my calibrated 2x4

It's hard to see but the center of the hole has to pass through that little square to maintain the PARAMOUNT 5/8" edge clearance. That square is only about 1/4" x 1/4"

The pilot hole is drilled and I am going to wait until tomorrow to drill it out.

February 16, 2003 - 3.5 hours
Measured the wings again, and then started enlarging the holes in the rear spar attach. Finally got them out to 5/16" and started breathing again. Then I drilled the holes where the bottom fuselage skin overlaps and will be screwed to the wing once that was done I started working on the fuel tank attach brackets.

The attach points are drilled, and I donít think that I screwed them up.

This is a little gadget that I made to mark the holes on the bottom fuse skin.

Marking the holes for the bottom fuse skin / wing attach point.

February 17, 2003 - 1.75 hours
Had some trouble getting the left fuel tank bracket stuff riveted together. Finally got it all drilled and ready to bolt on and primed the steel parts, I'll finish it tomorrow.

February 18, 2003 - 2 hours
Finished the fuel tank attach brackets and drilled the hole in the tank bracket. Attached the ailerons to the wings and set the pushrod lengths. Also mounted the flaps to the wings.

Finished tank attach bracket. All it needs now is a platenut.

The backside of the fuel tank attach bracket.

The flap attached to the wing and just hanging there.

February 19, 2003 - 2.1 hours
I didn't like one of the original flap push rods that I made so I made another one. I set the right flap pushrod length and cut the funny looking hole in the bottom of the fuselage for the pushrod to move through.

February 21, 2003 - 1.5 hours
Finished the flap pushrods.

This is flap push rod / actuator attachment and the hole where the rod passes through the fuseleage.

Close up of how the flap pushrod works the flap.

February 22, 2003 - 2.75 hours
Worked on the fuel tank vent lines. The seats also came today so I put them in the cockpit.

The seats still need some upholstry but they are things of beauty aren't they?

February 23, 2003 - 5 hours
Finished both the fuel vent lines. Made the little screens that go on the bulkhead fittings that serve as the vents, and JB Welded them to the fittings.

February 24, 2003 - 1.75 hours
Finished installing the vent lines (the bulkhead fitting finally cured) and started putting the fuel valve together. I didn't finish the fuel valve because I am waiting on fuel lube to come in.

Here are my little bug shields for the fuel vent lines. They are little garden hose washer screens cut to fit and J.B. Welded to the fitting.

Fuel tank vent line

February 25, 2003 - 1 hours
Bent the fuel line that comes in from the right tank. This is the easiest of the two since the left tank has the inverted modification on it and it's pickup comes in from the front of the tak

Detail of the wing root of the right tank the small line is the vent and the large is the fuel pickup.

February 26, 2003 - 0.75 hours
I got my fuel lube in so I installed the fittings to the fuel selector valve and fit the right fuel line to the valve.

February 28, 2003 - 2.2 hours
Finished up the fuel line going from the fuel selector valve to the left tank. This is the tricky one because the fuel pickup is at the forward end of the tank so there are bends inside the wing root.

Detail of the wing root of the left tank. This tank has the flop tube modification and that is why the pickup is out on the leading edge.

This is how the fuel line runs from the sidewall to the tank selector valve.

This is all that shows of the fuel line after all the covers are installed.

Fuel tank selector tubing.

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