Engine Off

Well, there have been no posts for the last few workshop sessions. I made many missteps in fabricating the engine stand, most of which were due to my poor geometry and lack of ability to cut compound angles in steel. I only have a horizontal band saw for making semi-accurate cuts and it only doesContinue reading “Engine Off”

Door Actuation and nose bumper

Today Greg was in the shop with me. I showed him the progress on the gear doors since last time he was here was when we had our no good day and found out the gear doors weren’t working with the old setup. We then got to work and started with the nose bumper. ThisContinue reading “Door Actuation and nose bumper”

All is not for naught

We had a cameo appearance from John today. It was nice to have him back in the shop. Today started with cleaning up the layups from yesterday. I am pleased to report that these layups went well, and I am happy with the installation of the anchor plates. We installed the pivot anchors and hingeContinue reading “All is not for naught”

Third time is the charm?

It is November in Minnesota, and it has been a weird fall. Unfortunately, that means at least half the leaves are still in the trees, and we are forecast to get 4-7 inches of snow between tomorrow night and Wednesday morning. Of course it could be 60 and sunny too, lets hope. But I hadContinue reading “Third time is the charm?”

Trim, fit, prep sand, layup

The gear door layup turned out well. I released the gear door blanks from the airplane, and marked and trimmed them. The rest of the time in the workshop was spent shaping the foam on the back side to have the carbon to carbon bond around the edges and to shape the foam for theContinue reading “Trim, fit, prep sand, layup”

Gear doors, nut plates, and EZ Points…. Oh my

Yesterday’s layup turned out well. I started this morning by cleaning up the rough edges. While cleaning up the edges, I did find a few air bubbles around the gear sight window, and that will end up getting a little attention. One more ply bid over the top of the area will do it. ByContinue reading “Gear doors, nut plates, and EZ Points…. Oh my”

Another day, Another Layup

Today was our anniversary, so only had a few hours to work in the workshop. I was able finish getting the nose gear well laid up. The hinge pockets, exposed foam, gear sight window, and strut gear well all got laid up today. The layups were then heat tented to expedite the curing. I didn’tContinue reading “Another day, Another Layup”

Nose Strut Door

Today started with cleaning up after yesterday’s layup. The nose gear was also reinstalled to ensure I still had full retraction and all is well. Now for gear doors. I already had made one strut gear door for the previous installation. I decided that the exterior of the door was good, but the foam/glass ribContinue reading “Nose Strut Door”

Gear Well Progress

Today started with prepping the nose gear well (strut area) for bonding. There was lots of sanding and rounding over corners etc. Then I released the new SC from the mold, the part of the gear well that houses the gear strut. The part turned out well. I cleaned off all the foam mold materialsContinue reading “Gear Well Progress”