Builders Log

Total Hours: 875.90

05/25/2014

Build Hours: 5

Finally put the tail back on the fuselage this weekend. Had to restring the rudder/tail wheel cables after reading an article on the EAA website. Ordered new cable and used the double crimp method recommended by EAA. After stinging up the cable, I saw the rudder cable tangeld up in the static port system. Luckily, the rudder was not cirmped and untangeld it from that side. 

Tail back on the fuselage

double crimp method for the ends

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05/07/2014

Build Hours: 4

Finished painting the door and put the hardware back on it. Decided to replace the supports bolts with hardened steel bolts and the screws to #4 sheet metal screws.

Door placed in opening with painting finished

hardware back on door

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05/05/2014

Build Hours: 0.25

Applied a second coat on the stripe.

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05/04/2014

Build Hours: 6

Covered the door using the technique I used on the landing gear. I really like it and seems to be saving me a lot of glue and MEK. I'll need to rememer it when I have to recover the airplane in the future. Almost finished painting it and started on the first coat on the stripe. 

Door almost finished painting

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04/29/2014

Build Hours: 1

Spent the evening removing the hardware on the door and sanding the finish where the glue will be applied when I cover it.

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04/27/2014

Build Hours: 5

This weekend, I bought some hardened steel bolts and finished putting the landing gear back together. Sunday, I decided to put the landing gear back on the fuselage. However, it wasn't as easy as the directions made it out to be. I removed the pins from the hinge on the landing gear per the instructions thinking that all I would have to do is put the opins back in when I was done painting them. No so. One pin only went in about 2 inches and the other would only go in about an eighth on an inch and then bent the hinge. I had to remove the lower part of the hinge form the landing hear before I could tap the pin back into the hinge. After four hours, finally got the gear back on. Rearranged the garage to fit it all in and now the bikes are right up against the car. Karin is ok with this even though I have to back the car out before anybody else can get it.

Landing gear on the fuselage painted

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04/20/2014

Build Hours: 3

Finished painting the legs and started to put the landing gear back together. Realized that for the bolts that commect to the lets is regular steel bolts. I will feel more comfortable if I use hardened steel instead. I'll look at getting these bolts this week and finish puting the landing gear back together.

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04/15/2014

Build Hours: 4

After a several month rest, I began working again on my landing gear this weekend. Covered it with fabric last weekend and applied the first coat of primer this weekend. The method I used to glue down the fabric was the same method used on the wings. I applied a layer of glue on the edges of each landing gear leg. I then placed the material over the glue starting with the outside leading edge and wet it down with MEK. With my gloved hand, I smoothed down the material to try to remove any winkles and bubbles that I could working a 3 inch section at a time. I then turned over the the leg and continued around the piece until overlapped the starting point and finished on the inside of the leading edge of the leg. I feel that this give it a more finished look by hiding the ends underneath the leg and out of view.

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11/03/2013

Build Hours: 5

Second coat of primer is now applied. This coat is applied with the airflow. I applied the first coat starting on the bottom, let it dry, flip it over and do the top. For the sedond coat, Sanded with 600 grit paper until smooth. Applied the primer with the airflow on the top, let it dry, flip it over, and apply to the bottom. 

Second coat of primer

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11/02/2013

Build Hours: 5

Painted the first coat of primer on the wing. I paint the wing against the airflow on the first coat making sure all the cloth is covered to the best of my ability.Try to keep it as thin as possible.

First coat of primer

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