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    I think I would use thin structural epoxy like WEST for epoxy parts. If the viscosity needs to be improved, use powdered cotton flocking, it is stronger than the usual extenders like Cab-O-Sil or microballons.
    What's a go-around?
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    You can read about several different epoxy' in the aircraft spruce cat. and their applications. The problem is if the fiberglass parts are made with different resin's. Some have a wax in them that surfaces when it cures so clean all the surfaces really well with acetone. Also between each lay-up. The general rule is always go to epoxy resin when your not sure of the parts. Also be careful of too much heat by kicking off the resin too fast with the hardener.

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    not airplane, but just in general.... and this here is why you never get near/under a load... excitement starts at about 6 minute mark... glad he's ok!! he has some great videos, check him out....
    I sent him $100 for his new cable fund(bcbloc01 at yahoo.com for pay pal)... plus I have learned allot from his videos...



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    Bad day, too bad, that will take days if not weeks to recover from. Did you notice the video started in day light and was very dark at the end, long day also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by algonquin View Post
    Bad day, too bad, that will take days if not weeks to recover from. Did you notice the video started in day light and was very dark at the end, long day also.

    yup, and that was a pretty new cement floor he just poured... at least he has a video to go with the story.... and all his big and little parts are still attached to him...

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    maybe not a plane, but answers my question of how to make that skin/dobbler under cessna door post/belly... STRECH IT!


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    Mike, You would enjoy a visit to any large airplane factory. That is the method which Cessna uses to make the cowls, on a great big stretching machine.
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    why can't post?

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    what about ductworking machine? machinemfg.com

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    Mike, your shop is full of all sorts of interesting tools, machines, and devices. Can you do the annealling step, too? Or is there a heat treat shop in ANC? The video mentioned 8 hours at 200C, but I imagine the actual time and temp depend on the alloy being used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike mcs repair View Post
    maybe not a plane, but answers my question of how to make that skin/dobbler under cessna door post/belly... STRECH IT!

    I wonder if float bottoms are formed the same way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedo View Post
    Mike, your shop is full of all sorts of interesting tools, machines, and devices. Can you do the annealling step, too? Or is there a heat treat shop in ANC? The video mentioned 8 hours at 200C, but I imagine the actual time and temp depend on the alloy being used.
    i could do small stuff (heat treat) if I needed to, but not big stuff.... I hear the base here has the capability, but no idea who to contact....

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    Finally can reproduce the bead like Piper did on stabilizer inspection covers It always made them deformed and curved. Added outfeed table to straighten it as it rolls. Turned dies backwards.


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    Saw this tool over at Holliday's hanger today, a guy(I forgot his name) working there had made/modified/cut from a clamp for putting bushwheels together. Slick!! Ordered one to modify from Amazon right away




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    Not sure if 24" is overkill but I can cut it shorter. Looks much faster than the all thread method




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    MIke what about an old ratchet bumper jack with the post reversed ( upside-down, base welded to top of post ) ?

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    Maybe his name is David?


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    I still use my vacuum pump to suck the air out of the tire so no danger of pinching it between the wheel halves
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    Only took a couple minutes to modify like the one I saw at Holliday's hanger. Now I just need to remember I got it next time I have to put bushwheels together





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    Someone posted here a year or two ago about a fixture he made for pulling the wheel halves together when mounting BW's--
    two fender washers and a length of all-thread rod with nuts.
    Looked like it would work just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotrod180 View Post
    Someone posted here a year or two ago about a fixture he made for pulling the wheel halves together when mounting BW's--
    two fender washers and a length of all-thread rod with nuts.
    Looked like it would work just fine.
    Yes, all thread does work but as Mike said, it takes more time. The clamp tool looks like a good deal.

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    and that clamp WAS way to long/longer than needed... wasn't sure how they were labeled/measured

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    Speaking of bushwheels, I had to move the Rans S-7S into my shop the other day (18.5' wide door) and with a couple Harbor Freight car dollies and the Kubota's fork attachment, it was a piece of cake.
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    Found some cool tools at Oshkosh. Always need to cut a tube in some hard to reach place, this ratcheting tubing cutter worked good on the demo table, thought it was worth $8.
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    And the Apex bit ratchet that I have that I got from Matco but they don't sell anymore. A German tool company had one for $30, now if I can remember who wanted one that was here recently.
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    Found a need for a smaller Grypshon mat than the one I bought at Sun & Fun the year before last and they had one for $35. I really like these things because they don't slide nor let your tools slide and they don't scratch paint. This will fit well on the boot cowl forward of the windshield.
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    Good selection Steve. I love impulse buys and when they are practical its even better.

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    I found the Wera wrench on Amazon

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    some great OLD videos on how things are made on this channel

    https://www.youtube.com/user/wdtvlive42/videos






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