Month: April 2014
Cut the RS-12, RS-5 and RS-662 parts for the rear spar carry through at station four.
Then referenced the Hirth F-33 engine mods and started cutting the motor mount base. Cut the two plywood pieces from RS-656.
Then cut the two RS-13 and two RS-11 pieces.
Still need to cut the RS-8 that goes at the back.
Started building the station four bulkhead using RS-668. To cut the full circle with the dremel it is necessary to leave a small piece of wood about 180degrees from each other.
If this is omitted the end result will not be a perfect circle.
With a little sawing and sanding it looks like this.
Next I cut the two half circles then cut the connecting lines using my scroll saw.
Cutting the radius in the RS-655 on the tail of the fuselage sides was made easy with the dremel tool.
First found the center of the radius.
Drilled a 1/8″ hole.
Attached the circle maker to the dremel with a side cutting bit.
Cut the radius.
After a trip to the band saw the end result looks great.
Constructing the fuselage has been fairly easy so far. Since I am using a Hirth F-33 I downloaded and followed the fuselage modification plans for that engine. The only difference is the front where the engine mounts.
Here are some pictures of the progress.
The top RS-8 on the fuselage sides has a scarf joint located in the cockpit area. To make it I cut the two pieces of wood, placed them side by side and sanded them to the same profile.
The end result looks great.
Just started laying out the fuselage on the workbench yesterday and my engine arrived today.
It was packed really well.
32oz of Bluemax oil was included.
Muffler, springs, pipe and header included.
NGK C8HSA spark plugs and washable maxi-flow air filter.
Voltage regulator and starter solenoid.
Not sure on the exact name but this piece centers the prop.
While some glue was drying on the elevator I decided to make the tail brace brackets.
These are made from RS-302 and were not too difficult to make. After a little polishing they look like this.
After that I was thinking of the easiest way to drill the holes in the RS-402 brace tubes and keep the bit on center. The brackets made a prefect guide.
Started working on the elevator. Cut the center rib from RS-10 and started cutting the other ribs from RS-17.
Also cut the center plywood gussets from RS-537.
When preparing to cover the noise ribs with ply I was wondering how I would cut the angle properly for the two sides to meet together. What I did was take the plywood and stapled it to a noise rib. Then I could take the curved plywood over to the sander and shape it perfectly.
Worked pretty good.