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Old 03-11-2015, 04:38 AM   #321
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Right wing is still able to be moved by myself, left wing is now a 2 person job. They are way lighter than they look! After this fall, when she returns from the travelling road show for the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, we'll have to do weight and balance, as she'll be suspended from the hangar.
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:48 PM   #322
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"They are way lighter than they look!"... doesn't mean that YOU can handle them by yourself...

Proceed with caution and wait for assistance...

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Old 03-12-2015, 11:40 AM   #323
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You haven't seen the crap I have to regularly haul out to the aircraft, often 200 lbs worth of crap, stokes litter, hoisting mannequin, winter flying kit, digital camera kit, Strop, flight bag, etc, etc! I'm very careful, it was simply a matter of lifting up the aft section of the wing, and sliding it under control till the leading edge touched the floor. Very little effort required!

Second sheet is now attached to the bottom left wing! Getting very close to being ready to transport to the museum!
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:19 PM   #324
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Two more panels installed, one on each wing. Left wing needs the wing tip finished off, a bit more sanding, and, if I can get some muscle, the underside of the leading edge done, then it's ready to ship, rest of the finish work will have to happen after I fit the wing joiners, set the dihedral, etc. Right wing needs one more full panel on the top, and two more panels on the underside, along with the tip and underside of the leading edge, before it's ready to ship. Hopefully we can look at transporting the left wing by Friday, which clears space to finish the right wing, and ship it early next week. I'd like to have the wing assembled for the Spring Hobby Show, along with getting the tail feathers attached to the fuselage!
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Old 03-19-2015, 06:38 PM   #325
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Two more panels installed today, one on each wing. Left wing just needs the tip finished, and then it needs to be transported to the museum, and I can work on the attachment to the center section. Right wing is coming along, but need the Left wing out of the way, it's getting way too crowded in the shop!
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Old 03-21-2015, 05:40 PM   #326
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Lots of progress today. Got the Left wing flat on the tables. Yes, all by myself, it's quite manageable, lol. Leading edge sheeting up to the spar joiner section is now done. We'd tossed around a few ideas about doing the leading edge, my fave was to use closed cell foam, sand to shape, then glass, but now that the Hurricane needs to be able to be shipped around for shows, that won't work. Even with a well padded cradle, I don't think it would handle the abuse. So, it's back to solid wood, and insane amounts of plane work. Sigh.
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Old 03-21-2015, 06:28 PM   #327
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Re: Really Giant Scale Hurricane

You may have thought of the ideas below but I will throw them out as possible alternatives for doing the leading edge and hopefully reducing the amount of planning required.

If using solid wood, can you do some pre-shaping of the leading edge before putting it on?

Alternatively could you use thin plywood that is flexible and bend it around some mini ribs shaped to make the leading edge? If one layer is not strong enough laminate multiple layers together as they are applied.

Just trying to think of some alternative ways to do the leading edge.

Good luck, I am enjoying watching the work you are doing.

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Old 03-21-2015, 06:50 PM   #328
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OK will answer in order, then explain. Just cause I'm feeling mischievous.
No, and no.
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Pre-shaping, great idea, if I had the space. With the two wings in my shop, I'm literally out of room. I can't fully open the door to the kitchen right now, and have to crawl on hands and knees into the shop till I'm past the flap section. I can't physically get to my workbench, other wing is leaned up against it!
If I start eyeballing another space in the house, I'll be shot. Multiple times. Well, we don't have guns, so probably stabbed a whole lot!

Only ply that would bend around the leading edge, especially at the tip, would be aircraft grade, super expensive, and our LHS would never stock enough of the stuff, even if we could afford it.

Hope is to build a semi-hollow leading edge in place, but can't be too hollow, as the wings will have to sit on the leading edge in cradles, for transport. Stay tuned for more, hopefully this will work!
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:38 PM   #329
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Chris, I'm doing a bit of a hybrid, only screwing in place the 3/4 clear pine, then plane to shape, screw the next layer on, etc. It will allow me to get everything rough shaped, then remove, re-assemble if need be, off the wing for final sanding. I'll post pics tomorrow, and keep you posted on the success, or frustration! lol So far though, it's going really well. Hand plane was in fine form tonight, so initial work went very quick!
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If the blade is good and sharp it should make quick work of the pine.
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