After some consideration, I decided to put inspection holes into the fuselage bottom. Thus the AN5 bolts in the carrythroughs may be accessed from outside. Just in case I need to remove also the cross section (“X”) of the landing gear. Hole size is 2 1/4 “. The enlarged hole in […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Today I mounted the tires on the rims. This was one of the sometimes occuring tasks that take much longer than expected. The Dico tire of my kit did not really sit correctly on the rim. This was one of the problems various builder on the rebel builder list reported on. Polishing the rim […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
With the experience from the left side, the right gear was a straightforward task. Drilling the axle with the stainless steel drills was easy this time.Continue Reading... No Comments.
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This shows the safety cable for the landing gear, put inside the tubes. The first time I made a nicopress connection. It worked ok with the cheap swaging tool I have.Continue Reading... No Comments.
This simple (self made) gauge helps when drilling on the fuselage. It keeps the drill in the right direction, 90 degrees to the surface.Continue Reading... No Comments.
All parts for the tailwheel installation are done. One final thing is to tighten all bolts. The bolts where missing. I need to order the bolts and have to wait.Continue Reading... No Comments.
This is a spacer (from Delrin) to fix the tailwheel spring. Since I added a doubler (FUS-30) at the tailwheel position, the AN6 bolt is short and a longer one to be installed.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The tail wheel delivered with my kit is permanently connected, there is no handle to disconnect it from rudder during moving the fuselage. To overcome this I plan to build a small “moving platform” to put under the tail wheel.Continue Reading... No Comments.
My kit 433R is equipped with a fibreglass spring. Some of the builders love this, some do not recommend it. I decided to give it a try and installed the fibreglass spring the the swivel tail wheel.Continue Reading... No Comments.
First part of landing gear installed. Thats all I can do for now. I have to wait for some parts to be delivered from Aircraft Spruce. It’s hard to get inch sized bolts and drills here in Europe. Spruce delivering from US is the best source, but it takes some time.Continue Reading... No Comments.
To prepare installing the landing gear, I removed the construction table and fixed the fuselage on the ceiling of the garage. Looks cool. Probably the first “flying feeling” for the fuselage.Continue Reading... No Comments.
This was hard work: Drilling two holes in the axle (in the alu block) needed approximately 10 drills. Being used to aluminum this is a different experience. In the end HSS-CO drills (for stainless steel) worked well and achieved the break through. These hole will be enlarged to 5/16″ .Continue Reading... No Comments.
This picture shows the most important tools at all. – A super fine pencil to mark the parts before drilling or cutting. I probably used 10 of them up to now. – Rulers with fine ruling. Made from metal, so you can bend it. You need to buy this from US or […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
This grinding wheel from 3M is cool for aluminum. It’s not cheap, but will probably last for the whole plane. I wouldn’t know what to do without it.Continue Reading... No Comments.
This electronic level is also a tool, I can recommend. The digital display is easy to read. A small loudspeaker makes aligning parts an easy one man task, since it indicates any wrong angle.Continue Reading... No Comments.
This is the rivet tool I used. Again no need for a compressor. Just put it on the electrical drill and easily pull the rivets. Good tool made by Mauk. Inexpensive and indespensable.Continue Reading... No Comments.
This is a great machine. No need to use any loud compressor. This is all you need. It helped us to drill all of the approx. 20.000 holes into the aluminum.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The winter is getting pretty cold at this weekend. Unfortunately this forces us to a break. Temperatures below -10 ° Celsius make it nearly impossible to work in the unheated garage. So landing gear is waiting …Continue Reading... No Comments.