Tonight I am going to start backwards and explain the
pictures first. Picture #1 shows the outboard wing panels setting
atop the inboard wing panel with all the leading edges rounded to shape.
Picture #2 shows the major nacelle forming parts on top of the nacelle
details plan. Picture #3 shows the two boxes that the wood was
shipped in. Looks like we are getting towards the bottom of both
The night started with Gary using the razor plane to rough shape the
leading edges. Next Rick stepped in and shaped and smoothed the
leading edges using sandpaper. Meanwhile Greg was locating the
nacelle parts & plans detail sheet and studied them. The leading
edge was shaped in its entirety in about 1 hour. We spent about
3-1/2 hours each or 10-1/2 total man-hours working tonight.
A lot of time was spent figuring out the plans and discussing what motors
we are going to use. We are intent on staying with gas motors.
We are not exactly sure which one yet, therefore the decision
was made to mount the firewall as far reward as possible. We are
placing the firewall more rearward than the plans show. The landing
gear was the determining factor on how far we went. This should
allow for all possible circumstances. If, by chance, the fire wall
would be too far back we will add metal spacers behind the motor to get
where it belongs.
Once the nacelles are built and installed the visual progress will
probably slow way down. We have been side stepping a lot of details
as far as hinges, servos, control horns, etc. and etc. This soon
will catch up with us.
-- Gary Himes
Tonight no work was done on the plane. We had one more
discussion on our motor choices, then off shopping we went. We
ended up at Wal-mart and bought a Weedeater Brand "Featherlite"
weed eater for $58.76.
We then returned to Gary's house and began tearing the weed eater
apart. It is a 18cc motor. Next we laid it on the plans to
check fit. The cylinder head does not stick as far out of the cowl as
we envisioned, however the carb may stick out a little also. We made
the final decision, to go for it. The motor is held to the case via
the backing plate (just like model motors) being molded into the plastic
shrouding. The backing plate was cut from the rest of the shroud and
installed back on motor.
Gary is going to see about getting a mounting plate made, Rick is in
charge of buying 3 more weed eaters just like this one and Greg is going to
check on different carburetor options. All 3 of us are going to check
to see what other people have done on conversions.
We spent tonight a total of 4.5 man-hours discussing, purchasing and tearing
apart the weed eater.