WEEK 8 - 15 Jan 2003
Between a couple hours Saturday and some tonight we now have installed 6
more pieces of fuse sheeting. We ended early tonight because of the
pending snowstorm, since Greg & Rick have so far to travel home.
Also fuse sheeting is not very exciting and has to be done in small doses!
We discussed that next week we will sheet the starboard side of the
vertical fin. Then with that done we feel that enough fuse sheeting
is in place that we can remove from stilts. We will then make a
cradle for the fuse so we can rotate as necessary to ease the installation
of more fuse sheeting. Our plan is while 2 of us continue fuse
sheeting the other can start building the horizontal stab, as the stab
will need installed before some of the fuse sheeting can be installed
around the tail section
WEEK 9 - 23 Jan 2003
We didn't work last night because of the snow and stupid people on the
roads! We, however, did work tonight. Rick sheeted the
starboard vertical fin while Gary & Greg figured out the horizontal
stab. Yes the rearward sheeting is missing from the vertical.
We will leave like that till down the road, this allows building progress
to be made while
leaving us flexibility in hinge design and servo placement.
The horizontal stab is built like the fuse, as you build one side from the
center line out, sheet, then turn over and build the bottom side to the
top side. Kinda neat construction technique. It took us a
while to figure out the construction for the stab. Remember, there
are no instructions for this kit, we are supposed to be experienced enough
to know what to do. Anyhow the horizontal stab has a span of almost
5 feet with the tips installed. The plans shows the spar to be cut
center section. Greg and Gary had trouble with this so they spliced
the spar where the splice would be towards the end of the stab and bent
the spar as required at the center section. Because of the slow
progress tonight there are only two pics, a close up of the Vertical stab
sheeting and a pic of the Horizontal stab.
If at times I seem too wordy in these reports, it is because we are trying
to help some other person in the future with a like project. We have
looked around and can't find any sites as detailed as ours. Wish we
could find one. If nothing else it would confirm that we are moving
in a proper sequence and direction.