WEEK 11 - 5 Feb 2003
As you know, we didn't work last week because of the death
of our Friend Leo Hylton.
We did work on Saturday. We got one side of the horizontal stab
finished and sheeted. We also installed fuse sheeting enough to pull
from board next session. Also preliminary cuts were made in the fuse
for the stab and wing area.
First order of business tonight was to make the cradle for the fuse. With
that done we unpined the fuse and removed the stilts. Out doors we
go to take pics while daylight is still here. Next to the scales we
go, fuse only weights in at 4-1/2 pounds at the start of the night. Next
we unpin the horizontal stab and hold up to fuse for yet another pic.
One more picture down the throat of the fuse. Now we are ready for
some real work tonight. Greg blocks up the horizontal stab to the
building table and starts building the other side to it. Meanwhile
Rick & Gary add 3 more sheets to the fuse. First is port side
top in front of the vertical fin. The other two were on the nose at
the top, both port & starboard sides.
We took pictures of both port and starboard side of fuse and called it a
night. For the last two pictures we turned the cradle up side down
so you can see the fuse better with out cradle blocking the view.
If you look real close at the last picture, you will see glue bottles on
top of a picture frame, these are empties used so far in the project.
With the visual progress made tonight there was a happy atmosphere.
Now for a running time tally............113-1/2 hours spend on project to
date. -- Gary Himes
Week 12 - 12 Feb 2003
Tonight's building was not particularly exciting. Greg jumped in and
worked on the horizontal stab again tonight. He got all the ribs
installed on the 2nd side and ready to sheet 2nd side.
Meanwhile Rick & Gary install all the sheeting (3 sheets) on port side
bottom from nose to tail next to crutch. These were left out because
of the stilts we had attached, so we could pin to the building board
while we built the starboard side of the fuse.
All the sheeting is done to the fuse for now. Starboard side top
rear around the horizontal is not sheeted yet to allow for the
installation of the horizontal stab. Both port & starboard side
in the wing area is not sheeted, this is to allow for the cutting out of
the belly pan and wing area. The box area in top of the fuse is not
yet sheeted also. All of the construction pics I can find, do
not sheet this area till last. I could not figure out why this is so.
After looking ahead and talking it over we feel that the box area is not
sheeted till after the wing is installed. This will allow us to look
in and work when fitting the wing. -- Gary Himes