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In keeping with yesterdays post this picture shows the layout of my "temporary" table to build all six tail pieces. I was still at the "do I want to do this" stage and did not want to spend my time building a table like I now have. This does show you can take some scrap lumber and old plywood and make a form surface. The underside of the plywood was shimmed at various locations to achieve a flat surface between the various plywood scrap pieces.
The elevator and rudder required different
Swedging the stabilizer tube the old fashioned way. This little tool is made from a bolt with the head cut off, a couple of nuts and a stack of oversized flat washers. The nuts are tightened and then the center two washers are ground/sanded on a belt sander to the "swedge" dimension you want. The outer washers on each side are ground down to the original size. The whole thing is tapered on each side of center so you can tap it in and then "hog" the hole a little by moving the handle in an arc each
Well I have finally got back to work after 3 months working ? Well I mean on the plane. Actually I'm not building a Piper clone airplane. I'm building a small part of the 13 rib metal wing. Like eating an elephant. So this is the first time I attempt to post pictures and I'm not sure how it will go. As to my earlier blogs I was attempting to decide how to build a light weight wing for my attempt at building a 150 horsepower 1320# gross weight supercub clone. I finally decided on recreating
Been sick so had all day for searching the web and ran accross these tidbits:
AIRSPEED - Speed of an airplane. (Deduct 25% when listening to a
retired fighter pilot).
BANK - The folks who hold the lien on most pilots' cars.
CARBURETOR ICING - A phenomenon reported to the FAA by pilots
immediately after they run out of gas.
CONE OF CONFUSION - An area about the size of New Jersey located
near the final approach beacon at an airport.
I would like to get as many opinions about the tank area of the wing as I can. Piper of course runs a strut diagonally through the gas tanks and so the tanks have the extra weight of a tube welded in them for passage of the strut. I have a set of D&E wing drawings and they use a bottom "shear" plate? I think it is called. I think all it is is just a thicker piece of aluminum attached to the ribs and spar caps at the bottom of the fuel tank area. I would really like to do the D&E type design in the