During this past week Rick got the other 3 weed eaters,
Gary got the motor mounts made and Greg checked on possible carb
replacements. We have decided to put off replacing the carb for a
Work started off with talking a little about the modifications required
for the motor. We then figured the needed firewall placement, which
is further back than shown on the plans and cut off the nacelle splines as
Next, the nacelle formers needed to be sanded to allow the splines
to slide through. All 4 nacelles were first put together for a
"dry run" then checked for accuracy. You must be careful
because no two nacelles are the same, they are all left and rights similar
to the wing panel construction. Once we were happy and had every
thing triple checked, we
then glued the nacelles together.
Now after some more studying, measuring and checking we made the cut into
the wing for the outboard starboard nacelle and tack glued in place.
With this being done we called it a night.
For a little orientation for the pictures. All pictures tonight, are
taken with the port outboard panel removed and the starboard outboard
panel installed. Even though only one nacelle is installed, the
others are shown in the appropriate position on the wing panels.
This week left Gary & Rick to work alone again as Greg
is on vacation in Idaho.
Tonight we got the other three basic nacelle structures cut into the wing.
Next we got the nacelles properly lined up and permanently glued into place.
This really don't sound like much, but it took us a total of 6 man-hours to
I have been known to air my complaints when the arise. This one lays
on Don Smith's Plans. Because of the dihedral the wing ribs are
sitting at an angle. The nacelles formers are sitting vertical.
Now the problem, the inboard nacelle former falls dead center with one of
the wing ribs. This means you must groove or notch the center of
this rib to allow the nacelle former to be in the proper place.
The pictures are shown tonight with the out board sections installed.
In the small building room I had a hard time getting a picture of the
whole wing, so attached is my best shot.
-- Gary Himes