A Not So Takeoff Takeoff

Post Crash - Top Down

June 24th I got out flying, finally, after quite a hiatus due to inclement weather. The days events didn’t go as planned to say the least. The following is an account of what happened that day after I had some time to organize my thoughts and go over things in my head.

When I first arrived my engine woes continued… or perhaps more specifically to start it was prop/spinner woes. My previous time out the engine backfired and sent the prop, spinner, nutt & washer flying (without the aircraft! :S). On my 4 Star 60 at this time is the second hand engine I bought for my Aero 3D, the same as the original engine on this aircraft, a Saito 100. The original engine is awaiting a full diagnostic and a parts list to be ordered and replaced.

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Building Aero 3D Day 61 – 63: Wing Work

Balsa Leading Edge Molding

Early last week Peter was over and we sanded the previous application of filler. Then thursday mixed up another batch of filler and did some, hopefully, final touch-ups in a short session preparing for covering. This included the leading edge touch up in the bottom image. In that image you can also see some wires, the smaller one with the ends bent in the same direction is the piece of wire for connecting the two elevators.

Today, seen in the featured image, we worked on the leading edge. For this cut a 4″ 3/32” balsa sheet in half (length wise) and then marked the center at the edges after cutting it length wise to fit from the edge of the WC assembly to the the end of the leading edge and repeated for the other sheet.

Next, I soaked the piece of balsa with hot water and pinned it in place while Peter folded it over and held it in place. Started by pinning down the center line and then the edges. Once that was done realized needed some additional help to keep the shape and duct taped it down. You can see how we left it to dry in the featured image above.