|Fuselage jigs: I used poplar wood. I wanted a popular plane!||Another happy longeron forming person joyfully at work. December 2004|
|My curved longerons completed.||Side Jigs. I already had some angle iron which made this an easy job.|
|The order of these parts must be correct. A puzzle explained by the book.||Masonite nailed to forms. The spacing between is not a problem.|
|Foam 5 minute epoxied to masonite form. Small strategicly placed spots.||Edge foam added. Joy stick circles and fuel tank window shapes shown.|
|Conduit shapes cut into foam.||Irwin tools holding things together. Longerons to pre-glassed foam.|
|The more clamps the better. The 45 degree jigs. Keep clamps in place.||Spar slot is formed and glassed to fuselage sides.|
|Glassing over foam forms to creat conduits for rear of fuselage.||Conduits are now put in foam awaiting glass over spar slot and conduit.|
|Sandpaper/wood tool I made shown in front of a completed fuselage side.||Aftermath: Wow, chapter 5 went pretty well.|
• It helps to look at other peoples parts on their web sites.
• Wait 2 hours before applying heat to avoid bubbles growing in the layup.
• Belt sanders tend to mess up some otherwise nice glass work.
• Hand sanding with some high quality Norton "3X" does great.
• 3x= 3 times faster cut, 3 times longer life, Coarse 60 Grit.
• Peel ply every part.
• The forward end which one spends so much time trying to get right gets cut out anyway for the canard. Dang, wish I'd known that.