June 2011 – Bulkheads

11 June 2011 – After another few discussions with some experienced Canardians familiar with the old glory days of the Cafe Races, I decided on another modification.  Now I’m sure this  may very well elicit some groans and ha-rumphs, and maybe even a few mutterings of how crazy I am, to put it politely, but I decided I was going pulley-less and running my rudder cables from Point-A (the rudder pedals) through a curved conduit that traverses through the centersection spar, makes a semi-shallow bend and heads to Point B (the rudders).  No fiberglass strands will be hurt in the making of this modification, just merely slightly separated at the holes in the foam so that glass strength and integrity is still in tact on the centersection spar.  So, no pulleys means that I don’t require the pulley brackets, and thus no “ears” on the firewall.

Modified Firewall

Once I finished cutting the ears off the firewall, I could get to glassing it (and laying up CF on the instrument panel).

Glassing Firewall & Instrument Panel

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12 June 2011 — Ok, obviously by just that fact that I’m building an “experimental” airplane I like to experiment, at least a bit.  I thought quite a lot on how I wanted my instrument panel to look.  I wasn’t sure exactly, but I figured I would make the top layer Carbon Fiber on the front face of the panel to A) Add stiffness and B) Add coolness.  I ordered some CF in my last Aircraft Spruce order and after it came in, I assessed it one last time and decided to pull the trigger!

Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel

 

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Hey Guys,

I am still currently working the bottom cowling install to ensure its interface with the lower aft fuselage/hell hole is dialed in. The convergence of bottom cowling and bottom fuselage is slowly in progress and I figure both should be completed shortly.

I’ll then focus on the Hell Hole area to create a functional and usable hatch as well as install the belly RAM air scoop. 

While the fuselage is inverted I’ll also press forward to knock out a number of other things, including bottom strake-to-bottom wing intersection finishing and main gear leg-to-fuselage interface. 

I expect this bird to be inverted for a few more weeks before it gets flipped back upright to close out the strakes with the top skin install.

At that point it will be on to the winglet/rudder install (Chapter 20).  Then engine and top cowling install, finish and prime/paint.

 

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  4. Chapter 23/24 – Close . . . but? Leave a reply
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  6. Chapter 23 – Fiddle-dee-cowling! Leave a reply
  7. Chapter 24 – Aft fuselage glassed Leave a reply
  8. Chapter 24 – Datsa Hard Shell!! Leave a reply
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