Building Aero 3D Day 65

Fuselage Sides Top Sanded Back View

It is bitter sweet, though it was great to get back working on my plane last night it also means the end of another flying season. Granted there wasn’t much of a flying season for me, as had more important things to do… namely becoming a father for the first time.

The session started with re-orientating ourselves to the project. Peter was over (wearing a mask) to assist. The wing was still on the workbench from the last session in June, gluing on the leading edge.

This session was around polishing up the fuselage to get it ready for gluing on the tail, specifically the horizontal stabilizer, which should be happening in the next session.

Since the sides of the fuselage were oversized used a ruler to draw a line along the corner of the formers, bottom of the aircraft, from back to front. Using this as a guide sanded down the excess until the bottom edge of the sides were flush with the corner of the former. The end result can be seen in the two images below. One from the tail perspective (right) and one from the front up by where the wing gets slotted in. The sides in the front were sanded down to be flush with where FU6B connects with former FU6 (seen in Step 6). We sanded and redrew the line a couple times to help ensure a smooth slope, checking with a ruler to discover humps or dips as we went.

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Building Aero 3D Day 64: Leading Edge Glued

Leading Edge Glued

On June 9th Peter was over, the pandemic was less scary, and I was soon to be a dad!

This session involved removing the duck tape and pins from the previous session to see how the basla sheeting leading edge held its form. We then slapped a bunch of wood glue on the balsa and placed it back.

Once in place where we wanted it with pins we duck taped it tight to assist in holding the gluing surfaces together.

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