New Plan for the Aft Cowl

Last week Thursday, before our trip to Kanab, I got the layup on the lower aft cowl done. What an exercise in frustration. I have done quite a few layups in my building history, but this one made me feel like it was the first time I had ever seen epoxy or cloth. The planContinue reading “New Plan for the Aft Cowl”

Replicating Cowl Shape with a hybrid low and high tech method

Replicating the lower cowl shape is moving right along. In the last post we discussed how it was going to be more difficult than the top was to duplicate and mirror since it is more complex. One of the benefits of blogging and posting all about this project is the constructive suggestions I receive. ThomasContinue reading “Replicating Cowl Shape with a hybrid low and high tech method”

More Challenging, but solvable

Today was further proof that the lower cowl certainly is more challenging than the top. Even though I have determined some defining characteristics of the cowl and come up with a plan for the overall approach, it is still a challenge to blend these shapes and features together. It isn’t always intuitive how to blendContinue reading “More Challenging, but solvable”

Inventory Management fail

Started today by working on the brake system. About as far as I got was mounting the reservoirs to the master cylinders. I figured out that I didn’t have the right tubing to make the transition from the master cylinder to the fuselage lines. I had nylaflow, and need nylaseal. It seems that I needContinue reading “Inventory Management fail”

Red Eye

I got home from work today around 0500. Red eye flights are no fun… And less if you are the pilot. This one I got to nap through. Even so, a nap was more than necessary. Since the weather was good, a friend of mine and fellow builder flew up from Milwaukee to inspect myContinue reading “Red Eye”

Greg and I

I had a very welcome appearance from Greg today. He has been busy with trips and such that has kept him from the Garaggio when I have been around, and I have been working when he has been around. It was nice to have someone in the shop today, not only for the increased productivity,Continue reading “Greg and I”

Are we there yet?

When I flew Beech 1900D’s for Skyway Airlines out of Milwaukee, we had a captain that was board by the time we had the gear in the wells. Probably because he had about 10,000 hours flying the ‘Beech Airliner’ around Wisconsin and da U. P. of Michigan. He had literally been there and done thatContinue reading “Are we there yet?”

Can we move on, please?!?

Today was my travel day back to work. But I woke up early enough to sand out the primer on the cowl and the epoxy wipe on the canard. Nothing new here. Have to add some spot putty then prime again. Sand, wash, rinse, repeat. Nothing to see here… Move along. On the way toContinue reading “Can we move on, please?!?”

I’m Over Finishing Work

VERY. OVER. IT! Putting stuff on parts only to sand most of it back off, rinse and repeat is getting old. Luckily I’m feeling like there is a light at the end of the tunnel. As of today, there are only 2 major components that haven’t seen any primer yet. The canopy and the mainContinue reading “I’m Over Finishing Work”

Daylight in the Swamp

That is grandpa’s line for waking up sleeping kids, grand kids, etc. especially when there was work to be done. When the iPhone alarm went off at 0545 this morning, it was obnoxious. I thought to myself, I’d rather hear “Daylight in the swamp,” come ringing down the hallway. Either way, it did the trick…Continue reading “Daylight in the Swamp”