Firewall Reinforcements

To reinforce the firewall where the engine will be mounted, and to tie it into the fuselage and wing spar more thoroughly. Inside, the sides get two layups each, 2 ply of triax 6″x18″ which is laid up about 6″ onto the firewall. One is set horizontally just above the spar, the other at at […]

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Canard Rear Attach Points

Canard Rear Attach Points

In this section we need to make a attachment point on the back side of the canard to accept the torsional load of the wing. In order to do this we made a jig out of 1″x4″ covered with aluminum foil tape to make 3″x3″ pads to later accept a bolt. First we sanded the […]

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Knurled Bushing Installation in Bulkheads

Knurled Bushing Installation in Bulkheads

Installing the main gear bushings in the fast build fuselage seems easy enough, right. It’s all done, just pop the bolt out, mix up some structural adhesive, put the bolts in, and snug it up. It does seem simple, I admit, but apparently as Hamlet said “I know not seems”, because once the bolts are […]

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Battery Tray

Battery Tray

As seen in the above photo, we installed the pre-molded battery bulkhead during the┬áHead Start Program. This involves the usual light sanding of the bonding surfaces, and in this case attaching the tray with structural adhesive. We pop-riveted the tray down while it cured. All that is left is to mount the battery clamps (aluminum […]

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Glassing Bulkheads

Glassing Bulkheads

In this section the non-flanged side of the bulkheads are fastened with 3″ of bid cloth. The engine bulkhead was done as part of the fast build kit. We glassed the back side of canard bulkhead while we were in the┬áHead Start Program. Canard Bulkhead Reinforcement Back at the ranch, we glassed the front of […]

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Engine and Gear Bulkheads

The main layup in this section is a 7″x39″ piece of triax between the gear bulkhead and the firewall, on the floor to support it since there’s no foam here. It’s a pretty simple process, it just absorbs a bunch of epoxy, is really awkward to work with, and has to go over the conduits […]

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