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Old 04-06-2015, 03:35 PM   #351
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Well, thanks to some muscle from my good buddy and helper John, we got more finishing work done on the Horizontal and Vertical Stabs, plus we were able to move the fuselage, lower the wing centre section onto a trolley, and then slide it in place. We then slid the fuse back over it, centered. Next while will be slowly jacking up the wing, trimming the ply fuse sides as required, till we get a good fit, with 1/8th gap all around for the Wing fillet. After that, we'll have to move the wing, and start building all the blocking required, to bolt the wing to the fuse. When that is done, I'll get the fillets out of the way. After that, it's fitting the outer wing panels to the center wing, build the spar joiners, leading edge, etc, one wing at a time! Should be moving the second outer wing to the museum next week. When I'm at home, I'll get going on the ailerons, flaps, canopy, etc.
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Old 04-07-2015, 07:00 AM   #352
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Its really special when a fuse starts getting its wings. Cant wait to see more of the assembly pictures as it comes along
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:09 PM   #353
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Still not sure if the Museum will let us knock some holes in the outside walls, and partition walls, to fit the outer wing panels. . .. lol. We have to fit the center wing to the fuse, get it all bolted up, and then immediately remove it, and slide the fuse out of the way, so I can lay the center wing flat on tables, and work on attaching one outer panel. Issue is, the center, plus an outer panel, equates to approximately 24 feet. We'll be blocking a fire exit in doing that. So, we'll have to work nights/weekends, during closed hours, to do that, and stop everything, clean up, and pull apart, daily! It's going to take some serious planning!
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Old 04-09-2015, 04:52 AM   #354
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Hey Dave- Not sure if you already mentioned it somewhere else in this thread- but what are you doing (planning?) for the metal hardware on this plane? Things like the main gear and tailwheel struts and oleo legs. These were originally castings, but I am sure they can be CNC machined if necessary. Wont be cheap though. Or do you have access to original spares kicking around from some salvage yard.

Just curious, since it looks like the fuse will soon be ready to be fitted to the main gear so that it can stand on its own.
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Old 04-09-2015, 05:39 AM   #355
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Well, anyone that's got a set of gear kicking around, we'll gladly take a donation! lol I've found a source for a tailwheel that's a match, still working on the mains. We'll most likely have to fabricate a set of mains, have some contacts in the machining business that can likely help. Fortunately the mains are fairly simple.
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Old 04-13-2015, 12:11 PM   #356
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This weekend was the Shearwater Aviation Museum's Annual Spring Hobby Show, and the Hurricane was well situated for viewing by all. I continued work on it all weekend, mostly getting the final details done on the tail surfaces, as well as getting lots of little things done on the fuselage. By the end of this week, all of the tail surfaces will be going to the workshop in the museum, to get fabric done, and I'll concentrate on getting the fuse ready for fabric. I've got the wing center section all set up and blocked, ready for building the wing fillets, which I'll progress next weekend, and then the fuse, minus the two belly pans, will be ready to cover. Belly pans will be framed up in situ, and then I can take those home and finish them for covering. Once the fuse is good to go, it will be moved aside, and we can start fitting the wings. At the current rate of progress, I'm hoping to have the completed airframe done, and into paint for end of May!
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At the current rate of progress, I'm hoping to have the completed airframe done, and into paint for end of May!
Wow. That is a very aggressive timetable! Good luck Dave, you have a ton of work ahead of you
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It's not too bad, tail feathers is a bit of filling/sanding, fuse needs about a day's work, prior to the wing fillets, and we've got a great plan for doing those. The wing joining/finishing will be a week or so, but all the sheeted areas are already filled, sanded, and sealed, so we've got a leg up on that. For paint, hoping we can transport the aircraft to the local Chev dealer's paint booth. Mke Herman, a member of our club, and the guy that arranged the transport of the parts from my house to the museum is an exec there, so if we can swing that, we can paint the aircraft in a weekend. Most amount of work time wise, is setting up the mounting of the wing to the fuse, and getting the landing gear setup done. Rest is all figured out, just need to execute the plan!
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Old 04-14-2015, 01:13 PM   #359
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Gentleman, I saw this craft on Saturday at the hobby Show, and Dave is doing the Hurricane proud!!

Truly a work of art....the mind wobbles..
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Over the Weekend Hobby Show, Leeann got a lot of the sanding sealer applied to all the internal areas of the Hurricane. She seems quite happy stuffed into the belly of a Hurricane!
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