Prepping the Shop!

Shop Prep Begins!

13 March 2011 — Once I finished my fuselage mockup, and had checked & ensured that whatever specialized parts there were that I wouldn’t be able build or make would be available to buy, I started prepping the shop for the build.  The first order of business was a decent work bench along the wall.  I made this one collapsible just in case I needed more space.

Sidewall Work Bench

Sidewall (collapsible) workbench

Once I got the workbench in place, I started in on the flip-down glass cutting table.  The glass cutting table also serves as the glass roll storage cabinet.  I think it was the Cozy Girrrls who showed this on their site, along with the thermostat used to turn a light bulb on at a certain temp to keep moisture out of the glass cabinet.  I put the flip down portion of the glass table so that it would come down right next to and be even with the sidewall workbench I had just built.

Glass cutting table/Glass storage

Glass Cutting Table

Glass cutting table (fold up)

 

 

 

 

 

Next, I needed a hotbox to store the epoxy and hardener in when not in use.  The warmer the epoxy and hardener is, just about like every other liquid, the runnier it gets and the easier & faster it wets out the fiberglass strands in a layup.  BTW, most of the components that I made on this page were made out of scrap lumber I had laying around.

Epoxy & Hardener Hotbox

Epoxy & Hardener Hotbox

Besides the wall-mounted workbench, I wanted one that was portable and could roll around.  So I made this guy below.  It had a large enough table top to be used extensively for glassing small to medium sized pieces, and it had storage underneath.  Also, I made the top flip up and it was the perfect size for storing the plan’s A-pages (the big drawings) inside the compartment just below the flip up top.

Roll-around work bench

Roll-around - Plans storage

Besides the main 13′ long work bench (spelled out in Chapter 3), this was all there was for building the shop’s major working surfaces.

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Project Update

Hi Folks,

I am slowly plugging along on the bottom of the plane, with it inverted as it has been for months now.  In my estimation I’m happy to report that I’m moving into the final phase of tasks to finish up the bottom of the plane that will allow me to flip the plane back upright and continue my quest to get it finished.

All the bottom surfaces of the plane are in primer, and I will start painting most of those surfaces soon.  I am also on the verge of doing the micro finish, primer and paint on the bottom components of the plane: bottom cowling, RAM air scoop/hell hole cover, landing brake, nose gear doors, nose gear strut fairing and main landing gear legs/fairings.  

The main gear leg-to-fuselage interface fairings major glassing is complete, and I’ll be permanently mounting them to the gear legs soon.

In addition, I have some ancillary tasks to complete on the nose gear actuator and main gear wheels/brakes/axles.  Once the finishing/painting tasks are completed and these ancillary tasks done, it will be time to flip the bird back upright.

I expect this bird to be inverted for another week or two before it gets flipped back upright to close out the strakes with the top skin install.

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

 

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