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Old 12-07-2019, 02:19 AM
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Originally Posted by EF View Post
I would carry the aluminum angle right up to the front edge of the plywood rail (sandwiched between the plywood rail and mounting block and gear unit), otherwise you’ll have a stress concentration between the current end of the aluminum angle and the gear mount.
Also, maybe add some kind of gusset between rail and firewall?
I will be doing all those things Erez, yesterday's picture was just the preliminary fitting of the aluminum stock. You should see the completed results later on today.

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Old 12-07-2019, 05:53 AM
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If possible I would use maple motor mount stock rather than plywood,
Old 12-07-2019, 07:18 AM
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Old 12-07-2019, 09:43 AM
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Gussets flank each side of the landing gear rail and are epoxied into position.








Aluminum angle stock is tied into the structure.




Light and definitely much stronger than the stock configuration.


Old 12-07-2019, 10:00 AM
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Well that should hold up to some inevitable abuse!
Old 12-07-2019, 10:02 AM
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Now that i think about it a second.
Would it not have been better to run the angle stock under the retract also then add ply over the angle stock to make the required thickness?
Old 12-07-2019, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by BankYank View Post
Now that i think about it a second.
Would it not have been better to run the angle stock under the retract also then add ply over the angle stock to make the required thickness?
My thought exactly, see my earlier comment, continuing it under the unit would have provided a superior anchoring point for it.
Old 12-07-2019, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by BankYank View Post
Now that i think about it a second.
Would it not have been better to run the angle stock under the retract also then add ply over the angle stock to make the required thickness?
Yes it would have even better than what I have now. I had already epoxied the spacers in place before I had decided to beef up the rail system. Trust me though, what I have now is plenty strong...The gussets shown are thicker than what was supplied as well. For others deciding to build a Bonanza they will have a leg up!

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Old 12-07-2019, 11:00 AM
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It should be able to handle one of my lousy landings I think it will do fine for Vince!
Old 12-08-2019, 05:12 AM
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Shown are the 1/2" x 1" x 2-1/4" maple wing bolt blocks and 1/8" plywood wing bolt block holders. These blocks once secured to each side of the fuselage will be drilled and tapped to hold the wing in place.




I beveled one end of each wing bolt blocks to match the angle of the wing bolt block holders.




Once satisfied with the fit, each of the blocks and holders were epoxied in place.



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Nice work Vince!
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Time to mount the wing to the fuse. With the wing positioned (centered) on the fuse, I use blue painters tape to ensure that the wing does not move during the drilling operation.




I've got to drill a hole through the wing bolt plate, the top sheeting and the wing bolt block. All the while trying to keep the drill bit perpendicular to the wing bolt plate so the head of the nylon wing bolt will rest flat on the plate. I know better than to try to hand drill with that type of accuracy without the aide of a drill jig.





This jig that I made will help me accomplish all those tasks that I previously mentioned. I'm using a #7 drill bit.




The jig worked flawlessly...




I'm threading the hole using a 1/4-20 tap.




Close-up of the wood threads after tapping.




I flood the newly cut threads with thin CA to harden the threads. Once dried, I will re-tap the hole again using the same 1/4-20 tap.







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Old 12-08-2019, 03:33 PM
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Fitting of the wing dowel plates are installed next. The existing holes that were drilled in FD-2 for the wing dowels were less than accurate. So here's the solution to fix the problem. With the wing installed I slipped the 1/4" wing dowel through FD-2 and into the wing.




The wing dowel plates are then slipped over the wing dowels. I used a pencil to trace the outline of the plate to FD-2.




The wing dowel plates were then removed and epoxy was spread. Note that I kept the epoxy away from the hole.




The dowel plates were re-installed and taped into place so they wouldn't move when the wing dowels are removed.




With the dowels and wing removed, the plates are clamped. This will ensure that both wing dowels will be in perfect alignment allowing the wing to be installed/removed easily at the field...

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Old 12-08-2019, 08:28 PM
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Great work Vince! This is going to be one nice airplane.
Old 12-09-2019, 01:27 AM
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Originally Posted by FlyerInOKC View Post
Great work Vince! This is going to be one nice airplane.
Thank you Mike.
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Great milestone getting the wing attached, congrats!
Old 12-09-2019, 08:11 AM
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Great milestone getting the wing attached, congrats!
Thanks Tim, I always hold my breath when I'm joining the wing to the fuse for the first time. This one fit like a glove right from the get go...I really didn't have to adjust anything! I still need to check the wing incidence.

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Old 12-12-2019, 02:04 AM
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The plans indicated the area around the nose retract be built up with a series of small frameworks from leftover balsa that would support the sheeting around the nose wheel cutout. I however wanted to make it stronger and out of one piece...




Using left over balsa sheets, I decided to make a lamination. Laminated lumber is always stronger than one solid piece. I used the fuselage's framework as the form to clamp to, duplicating the exact curve of the fuse.




I used epoxy instead of glue for the laminations. I'm not afraid of the slight additional weight from the epoxy. The weight is where I want it...




End result, one solid 3/16" thick piece. Now it's time to cutout the wheel well for the nose wheel and strut.



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Old 12-12-2019, 05:26 AM
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The lamination should work out nicely.
Old 12-12-2019, 09:43 AM
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Hola Vincent. I am following this build entertained with each post.
My reactions. I smile and nod my head watching how complex this one is compared to the 4Star. Knowing my patience limits, I could never handle this kind of building. It requires the skills of a violin maker. Good to see each advancement of the Bonanza. Glad you did not choose the V-tail.
Keep your hands warm. It's cold outside.
Old 12-12-2019, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by SA Flyer View Post
Hola Vincent. I am following this build entertained with each post.
My reactions. I smile and nod my head watching how complex this one is compared to the 4Star. Knowing my patience limits, I could never handle this kind of building. It requires the skills of a violin maker. Good to see each advancement of the Bonanza. Glad you did not choose the V-tail.
Keep your hands warm. It's cold outside.
So glad you're still following along, I love your comments Lupe. While this isn't a kit that should be attempted by any novice builder, if one has several kits under their belt, along with fairly decent building skills it is doable. Since there isn't a lot of good information out there that helps understand the scope and sequence of this build, the pictures and narratives added in this thread along with the instructions in the manual, should help the builder better understand the process. Now, to start on that Stradivarius... lol

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Vince, watching this build I am gleaming a lot of good ideas for mods, such as the nose gear mounting, that I can apply to both the Caddell A36 Bonaza and the RCM Navion projects.

I agree with your comment about this Top Flite kit being doable if you have a few kits under your belt. The TF Gold Editions have excellent instructions and plans and your thread is the frosting on the cake.

Mike
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Old 12-12-2019, 04:58 PM
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I wish Gold Edition kits would come back. They are almost fool proof and with a little effort to detail build a GREAT looking and flying model.
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I am fortunate to have 3 Gold Edition Top Flite kits, P-51D, a partially built Corsair .60 size in need of a rework, and a Sea Fury. The Sea Fury I probably won't keep.

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