Friday, April 25, 2014
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Now it's time to assemble the left aileron and see if I am close.
|cutting the slots was easier than I thought it would be|
|drills and files to the rescue|
|aileron at first assembly|
|I'm having a problem getting the counterweight to seat properly. I don't want to drill anything until I know this part fits.|
When I finally got home and settled in California, I finished assembling the counterweights and drilled and assembled the drive ribs.
|glad to have these completed|
|especially the lead, wow,that was slow going|
|the drive rib is now done|
|decided to make both drive ribs and both counterweights at the same time|
I didn't get much done in Michigan this summer. I got very busy with other things. A friend of mine had 2 strokes during the winter and asked if I would fly him around in his Luscombe. I usually fly my Citabria while my husband drives the SUV. He is not a pilot and does not relish 2400 miles in a small aircraft. This year I left the Citabria in California, drove with my husband, and flew the Luscombe in Michigan. I got much better at propping and my friend got to fly. I also discovered that a Luscombe is slightly aerobatic. It was interesting to try a little acro in a Luscombe, without my friend, of course.
|I did get the counterweight ribs and brackets cut, drilled and fitted|
|meanwhile, updrilling the lead was a slow process.|
|by the time I returned, they were drilled and fitted|
I measured and cut the right aileron, then drilled it wrong. I sent for a new one. Meanwhile, I measured and cut the left aileron, using the right as a pattern. I had cut it correctly.
|one more check|
|cutting left aileron|
|I could only take small parts with me, so I decided to cut the lead and take the counterweights with me. I drilled the first holes, then packed counterweight pieces and left for Michigan|
Thursday, May 23, 2013
My next challenge was riveting in too small a space. My first try left some sticking out, which I had to drill out. I didn't want to repeat this, so I got on the EAA and watched videos of people solving this problem. I decided to make a tool for the occasion. I filed down a rivet puller on one side only. The mechanism still worked and I got the rivets in.
|new tool, from old tool|