Happy New Year: January 2012
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My Kit arrived on January 31st. Now to get down to
The Kit has
Arrived!!!! Conway delivered the pallet to the office just before
2pm. The driver was supposed to call me 30minutes prior to
delivery, but he did not, so I got a phone call from receiving telling
me the shipment was here. By the time I got over there, My good
buddy Rob was unloading the pallet from the truck with his Forklift.
That was a Huge Help! Thanks Rob.
Roger, Jeff, and
Kendall were kind enough to help me unpack the pallet and put the
contents in My Truck and Roger's Truck. The four of us drove back
to the house and unloaded the contents into the garage!
*** Jeff noticed that one of the boxes
said "Duel Stick" Uh Oh, I ordered the Center Stick. (Not to
worry, it will all get worked out!) After I got home that night, I
began to unpack some boxes and start the inventory.
Delivery Day Photos!
Fabrication today. Earlier in the week, I received notification
that the full kit had been shipped, and would be arriving the following
week! I spent today trying to finish cleaning the garage and
organizing my new tools. I finished cleaning the work bench and
hung up the parts bins.
today. I sorted my new hardware into bins, updated the website and
my Google Log :-)
control inspections. I am pleased to announce that everything
passed! Fuselage parts F14-08R&L and F14-09R&L were checked and
More quality control
inspections. I am pleased to announce that everything passed!
Two parts received a Marginal Pass, but, in a good way; they might
require some sanding (not a re-make). I passed L05-07, L05-08,
W11-03 (Qty. 4), and W11-05 (Qty. 2).
Tool Shopping at Sears. I spent way
too much money, but, I did get some cool stuff!
off a week of Quality Control Inspections. This task is very
boring, but I feel it is necessary. Tonight, I checked, and passed
F03-05R&L, F03-06R&L, F13-06R&L. Good Job me! I've found
that I've been paying closer attention to the details and have been
making fewer mistakes.
working on F14-08R & L and L05-07 & -08. I fine cut the part edges
on the Mill and then sanded the bevels tangent to the milled radii.
I began cutting
bar stock! I decided not to make all of the stock parts for
various reasons. I rough cut the Stock for the Brake Handle and
the Flap Handle. I also cut a few spacers and quantity 4 of the
W11-03 blocks. I made a simple jig in the mill to "Mass Produce"
the W11-03 parts.
fabrication today (Gotta go get buff at the gym). But, I updated
my Google Docs log and this website.
Back to Work! I began fabricating the last 4 parts in the 1.5"
Angle set. I worked on L05-07&-08. I also began to re-make
the parts I scrapped earlier in the week, F14-08R&L. I called it
quits at midnight after roughing the last cuts on the band saw.
I'll come back later and face the edges on the Mill.
Friday the 13th! I
finished Making F14-09 R&L and started and finished F03-06 R&L. I
followed the directions this time and bent the parts first, then cut
them. I think it worked out a little better this time.
No Fabrication today.
I did however work on organizing the garage and I got some tools,
including an Air Compressor (Finally)!
Nothing Exciting today.
It was a lazy airplane building weekend. I flew my first Young Eagles
on Saturday and went on a 6.5 mile run on Sunday as part of my 10K training.
My gym appointment was moved, so I'm working on this website.
Hopefully, I'll be able to keep it up adequately in the future.
Today was not good.
I wasted almost 4 hours working on ill fated parts F14-08R&L). I
veered from the directions because I thought I had the tools to make it
better, but, I failed. In addition, I grabbed a 1 1/8" mill bit
thinking it was a 1" mill bit and did not check. So, everything on
the left part was off by 1/16" TOTAL FAIL!!!
I Gave up and started the Fab process for F14-09 R&L.
I fabricated F03-05 L&R after work before
heading to the Gym... Hey, I've gotta get skinny so I can maximize my
I fabricated 2 pieces of
W11-05.. some "Wing Angle"
Happy New Year!!! I decided to
postpone work on 2 of the remaining 4 pieces due to possible pending
design modifications. I am thinking about maybe changing how the
canopy attaches. So, I'll wait to Fab the upper longerons (where
the canopy mounts) until I've had a chance to analyze any changes.
I did however finish the lower longerons. I also Cut all of the
1.5"x1.5"x1/8" Al Angle stock to rough length in preparation to start
the new set!
I fabricated my first
1.5"x1.5"x1/8" Al Angle Part, W11-08!
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