Week 59 - 7 Januaray 2004
Hope everyone had a good Holiday Season, I know I did.
|Week 60 - 14 January 2004|
The night started off working on the elevators. The outboard ribs of the
elevator are only 1/8" thick so we added a doubler to it. Greg & Rick then
proceeded to sheet the elevators while Gary cut relief holes in the bulkhead
for control rods.
Next Rick shaped the horizontal tips while Greg & Gary started cutting out the window openings for the waist gunners. We cut the port side window first. It falls between two bulkheads so it went easily. There is a stringer in the fuse at the bottom of the window but nothing at the top. We didn't like this, so we added a 1/4 " sq balsa stringer at the top of the window.
On to the starboard window we went. The front of this window falls right behind another bulkhead. Another bulkhead falls in the rear section of this window, so we first cutout the balsa sheeting to window size. Next we installed 1/4"balsa stringers at the top of the window between the three bulkheads. Now we cut out the bulkhead out of the window opening and added a chamfer cut to the inside of the bulkhead to help hide from view of the window.
We called it a night for the "official work on the plane" and discussed our rudder control setup. Our hopes is to get the fuse finished just as far as we can before we bring the wing back home from our sponsor.
We plan on installing working tail gunner door, waist entrance door, pilot entrance door and bomb bay doors. Our problem is we can not find the actual dimensions and placement of these in "Hard Dimensions". Last year we went and seen "Aluminum Overcast" and "Nine O Nine" of which we have literally hundreds of pictures. If we have to, we can approximate sizes and locations but sure would like the actual sizes of these. If anyone out there has the dimensions would you PLEASE forward them to me before next weeks build night.
-- Gary Himes
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