05/16/2017 this is going to be a pretty big update. haven't updated for awhile so there's a lot to go over. Strakes are almost done at this point and I just need to do the leading edge and the transition block. but I am getting ahead of myself.
Since it was still december and was cold as hell I needed to use a heat tent to keep the epoxy curing. I used the waterline and measured out everything to get the strakes the right shape. I clamped an old shelf to the bottom of the spar to use in lining things up. Decided for most things I didn't need the table as long as everything lined up.
Glad I didn't use ez-poxy for the whole plane... that stuff is stinky... Here's a few views of the t hats in place, the fuel filter floxed in place and the top ready to be installed. really tried to go overboard to avoid leak potential.
Tops on. Did everything I could to avoid leaks. wasnt enough though... Right strake had 2 leaks along the leading edge, and left strake had a leak along the fuselage top edge and another near the fuel cap. I did install them on the top skin before I installed the skin.
Ready to flip. Fabricated the half circle rollers and added a protrusion at the bottom to protect my leg fairings from hitting the floor when I rolled it. did it with my brother, in hindsight a 3rd person would have been helpful. It was a difficult 2 person job.
Made my sumps. For some reason I look at them and think they need to be cleaned.... maybe it's just because they are brown.
Used some left over wing foam to create a fairing for the sumps... the less wind resistance I can build into this thing, the better it will fly when that time comes.
For those of you who went to the Kanab fly in last year you got to meet my lovely girlfriend Anna. She is really enjoying helping me build the plane on weekends. It really helps on the big layups to have another set of hands also.
Jumped ahead a bit and did the cowling lips on the top and bottom of firewall so I could go ahead and mount the fiberfrax/firewall to the fuselage. I bought my engine mount for my io-540 with my tax return this year and am kind of stoked to see an engine on my bird for a little while.
I used an air saw to cut out the steel for my firewall and a dremel cutter for the smaller holes. Firewall installed and Red RTV is drying. All up to date for now 8)