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Old 04-02-2012, 06:59 PM
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A little more sheeting this evening.........when I do the other wing I won't post pictures since the procedure will be the same.

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Old 04-04-2012, 06:59 PM
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A couple more sheets added tonight.

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:03 PM
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Finished sheeting the top of one wing.

Fitted one main gear....coming along ok.
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Old 04-07-2012, 06:27 AM
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Default RE: Hostetler Lancair ES Build with retracts.

Hi,
I'm surprised no one has posted about the purpose of tabs on the wing ribs.
Their purpose is to ensure the correct alignment of the wing and to set the washout.
The tabs get pinned/glued to the building board when laying out the wing.
Doing it by "eye" is a risky proposition, especially trying to make sure both wings are identical. If they're off even by 2 degrees, you'll have a lousy flying model.
Check the washout on the wing you finished and set the other to the same angle. The washout may be wrong from what the designer intended but at least both wings will be the same.
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Old 04-07-2012, 12:29 PM
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Thanks for the tip........I was thinking about that but figured I'd cross that bridge when I came to it.
Every bit of advice is appreciated....If you have more, please pass it along.

If you look carefully, you can see the wash out in Post #52

Do you have this plane?
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Old 04-08-2012, 10:09 PM
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Started sheeting the top of the second wing.

Lots of modelers don't like to build because they don't know how to sheet wings, tail fins and fuselages.

My method is uncoventional......this is the only way that I can make it work.

I draw lines where the ribs are and then punch pin holes into the sheeting where the (lines) ribs are.

Then I hold down the sheeting with my arm and hand. While doing this, I run a bead of thin CA over the pin holes....

The CA wicks thru the holes to the ribs.

It works for me.........tried other methods but I am unable to make them work.

To draw the lines over the curvature of the wings I use a 1/32 sheet of plywood.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:48 PM
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Top of second wing.

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Old 04-22-2012, 03:56 PM
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The kit cutter sent me two aileron shaped blocks of wood which I am working on to get to the proper shape.....
I have been working on one aileron for 4 days trying to get it "just right".

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Old 04-26-2012, 06:48 PM
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Another hour and here's what I have......holes for hinges and a trial fit.
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:36 PM
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Being satisfied with the shaping results (at least for now) I have epoxied the hinges into place on one aileon.
When the epoxy has hardened, I will fit the aileron to the wing.
Next will be the shaping of the other aileron....the progress is slow but hopefully the results will be worth the extra effort.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:06 PM
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Looking good!

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Old 04-30-2012, 06:24 PM
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Thanks for hanging in there.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:39 PM
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Still watching; just being quiet
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:52 AM
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Default RE: Hostetler Lancair ES Build with retracts.

Can't sleep..........therefore I did a little more on the aileron. Trial fitted and it looked good so I drilled the holes for the hinges and put on a sheet of balsa.
There 's a little bit of fitting and fine tuning to do but I am getting the results that I want.......no hinge gap.
I will not attach the hinge until I epoxy the inside of the hinge gap and get it really nice and smooth for painting.
I won't be puting glass cloth in the hinge gap, just on the surfaces.....never did it this way before so I'm going to give it a try.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:00 PM
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Default RE: Hostetler Lancair ES Build with retracts.

I'm working on the other aileron.
Using a wood rasp again, I will attempt to get the correct shape on this one too.
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Old 05-27-2012, 02:23 PM
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Glassing the aileron.
Zepoxy (no odor or fumes)
Sizzors
6/10 oz glass cloth
stirring cup
stirring stick
artists fan brush
rubbing alcohol...to clean brush. Labeled "BAD" so that I don't use it for anything except cleaning brushes.
roll of toilet paper.

cut cloth to fit
place cloth over piece to be covered
dip brush in mixed zpoxy
dab zpoxy onto cloth (starting in the center)
carefully spread so as to not distort glass cloth.
when satisfied, take toilet paper while on roll and roll the toilet paper over the zpoxied cloth.
roll in the opposite direction that you would use to take the paper off of the roll
this will absorb the excess zpoxy and leave a nice smooth finish.
remove toilet tissue that has already absorbed the resin and throw it in the trash.
go over the cloth with the toilet paper one more time to be sure you got all the excess absorbed.
tear off and thro messy toilet paper away. You will use the rest of the roll as you glass more.
clean the brush off in the container of rubbing alcohol.
dab it dry with paper towel and let it dry for the next application.


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Old 05-28-2012, 08:26 PM
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Glassed aileron...sanded fuzz off and touched the surface with a slight stroke of the sand paper.
Tomorrow, hopefully, I will dip the hinge point pinsinto candel wax to keep them from getting epoxy on them and prevent the paint from clogging them when I paint.
Planning on using KlassKote white for the primary color.
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Old 06-02-2012, 12:04 AM
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The second aileron knocked down to approximate shape. Some sanding and I'll be ready to put hinges in.

Swap meet this weekend...hope I can sell enough to get nose gear.
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:04 PM
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Thanks, I know it is going slow but it's that time of year when flying is good and there are a lot of projects to be done and kept up with around the house.
I'm going to try to do a little on the plane tonight if I can.
Our club had its' summer swap meet today. I spent about 7 dollars and got 2 new(in the package) 22 x 10 props. Bought some other stuff too. Sold an electric plane for 10 bucks...I had paid 55 for it 2 years ago and never flew it. Sold a flight box for another 10 bucks.
Got lots of other stuff too
Iwent to the swap meet with $130 and came home with $130....For that 20 dollars I got about 100 dollars worth of stuff that I just couldn't possibly live without.
Had a great time........Ron
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I received the last of my Fowler Flap hinges today.
Purchased two of the nicest, straightest, and lightest pieces of balsa for the flaps.
In fact, they are the lightest pieces of balsa I have ever held in my hands........Midwest balsa, purchased at my LHS.

A friend of mine has been helping me get the Hostetler C150 ready for its' maiden next month.
That's where my time has been spent in the last month (besides flying).

Getting a lot of rain down here. Here's my back yard........
I have minnows in my grass.
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Old 07-08-2012, 03:29 PM
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Went to the annual 4th of july funfest.....got into hundreds of fire ants.......have bites all over my left side from the butt down...
swollen and full of fluid.....on the bottom of my feet too. can't walk
No flying for a while decided to do a little building

Flaps,,,,,,,,used different sizes of wood and laminated them to create greater stregth.

This is the lightest balsa I have ever seen....Hobby Lobby

Will file / sand to shape and fit
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Roughed out first flap...filled in small gaps with spackling.

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Both flaps roughed out....was dreading doing all that sanding but it is done now except for final finishing touch up.
Couldn't sleep tonight because I was thinking of how our country has gone down hill the last 3 or so years.
Decided to put my energies into the flaps.

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Finally someone is building one of these!

I have the plans, a full wood kit and a fiberglass fuse. I have been waiting to see how someone goes about this build so I can be sure I can talk through a build like this.

So you are building the ES and putting retracts in like the IV. Why not build the IV? The wings are bigger on the ES which could be a bonus... Just wondering.
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