Left Wing – Final Glue

Left Wing – Final Glue

After completing most of the wing with the 3M Fastbond glue I began thinking about the differences between Fastbond and Stuarts Ekobond. Although I was basically happy with Fastbond; and based on tests that others had performed with the product, I was comfortable that...
Left Wing – Patches

Left Wing – Patches

One of the many reasons why I wanted to build an airplane was to learn the fabric portion of the build. Although I’m not totally sure why I was interested in learning, I was intrigued. By far, it has been the most enjoyable part thus far. Maybe it’s...
Left Wing – Rib Rivets

Left Wing – Rib Rivets

Using a light under the wing and turning off ceiling lights enabled me to see the holes in the ribs. Lining up the double sided tape and Lexan strips as fairly simple. The challenge was to make sure I didn’t drop the soldering iron (or slip) and hit the fabric....
Left Wing – Covering

Left Wing – Covering

I began applying glue on Friday evening and finally completed the initial ironing of the top surface on Sunday evening. Thankfully, I spent the time learning (attempting to learn…) the fabric process on the smaller items before taking on a wing. And while the...
Elevators – Covering

Elevators – Covering

As I spend more time on the covering process, my skills are improving and I’m enjoying the experience more and more. Like the Rudder, the elevators have several rounded corners. on the outside of the turn I’m having a lot of success making sure the fabric...
Rudder – Covering

Rudder – Covering

The rudder required additional time to fit around the outside curve. It was not difficult, just slower than other pieces. The biggest challenge was cutting the fabric around the hinges. One area of struggle is gluing down the fabric at the edges. The fabric wants to...
Ailerons – Covering

Ailerons – Covering

Although a fairly straight-forward process, the fact that I’m still learning to do fabric work, created a few challenges. but the process is getting much easier. My intent for starting with the smaller items (rudder, ailerons, flaps, etc.) was based on the...
Selecting a Paint System

Selecting a Paint System

This has been probably the most confusing and difficult decision to make thus far. Rans appears to recommend Superflite for homebuilders but uses a system that was developed by Brian Story here in Noblesville. The Rans- built planes are beautiful. A good friend is...
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