Learning a New Technique

Vacuum bagging is a skill I have yet to master, as was proven when we attempted bagging the old design upper tool cowl. so why not take it one step further and try to learn vacuum bagging and vacuum resin infusion all at the same time? I like to take big bites of the elephant,Continue reading “Learning a New Technique”

Induction Inlets

Over the last week or so, I have been working on my induction inlet for both front and rear engine. The design of it comes from my day long visit with Dave Anders, of worlds fastest RV-4 fame. He has written many articles for Kitplanes and is very upfront about the science he uses. OneContinue reading “Induction Inlets”

Air, spark, and starter 

Greg and I are continuing working on engine stuff. There is a relatively long task list. But we actually checked quite a few things off today.  Greg spent a lot of time working on the air induction system. He got the alternate air door/filter mount fit to the firewall and drilled to match the mounting.Continue reading “Air, spark, and starter¬†“

Canopy Blues

Jon Myers had the day off, so he came over to help keep me motivated to sand. Which is kind of an oxymoron because if there is one thing he dislikes about this project, it is the sanding. We basically kept going where Greg and I left off yesterday. I continued on the cowl andContinue reading “Canopy Blues”

Odds and Ends

Yesterday’s priming session went well. I am still very much not an artist with the spray gun, but the results were certainly passable in most areas. I did have to sand out a few runs in some localized areas. We also did a once over of the entire bottom side of the fuselage with 180Continue reading “Odds and Ends”

A few tasks knocked off before going to work

I have to work today, but luckily not for a few more hours. That means I got quite a bit of time in the workshop this morning and it was quite productive. I keep knocking off little tasks here and there, getting ready to do the finishing on the bottom of the fuselage. The listContinue reading “A few tasks knocked off before going to work”

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”

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”

Rough River Motivation Episode 7

Today the Garaggio had cameos from Craig and Andy. They need to build twin time, so the flew up to help on the Ez. Thanks a ton guys! Craig gave the contoured surfaces an inspection and was pretty happy with them. He did find a few areas to watch once I get primer on. HeContinue reading “Rough River Motivation Episode 7”