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Pietenpol Air Camper #5: Empannage

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Blog entry by K5YAC posted 09-09-2010 10:04 PM 2875 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the wings all framed up, I could start working on the empannage (tail section).

I picked out all the spruce I would need to frame the empannage and then got busy shaping the leading edges, trailing edges, fitting hinges, etc.

The horizontal stabilizer took several weeks to complete… primarily because of the HOT weather, but also because I was taking my time to ensure that I was building it properly.

Next I built the elevators.

And then the Rudder and vertical stabilizer to round out the entire assembly.

Once I clear the tables off I’ll be able to get started on the fuselage.

-- Mark - Working on a 1930s wood and fabric airplane.



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BigTiny

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#1 posted 09-10-2010 01:32 AM

Nice job on the tail feathers. What powerplant are you planning on using? Wooden prop or metal? You going withe the traditional limited panel or a more modern set of avionics?

Good luck with the build. Are you an EAA member?

Paul (Canadian pilot lic. YZP15113)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#2 posted 09-10-2010 02:28 AM

Powerplant: 66 Corvair

Prop: Composite Warp Drive

Panel: Mixed… function over form… some steam, some digital

EAA: Chapter 10 – Gundy’s Airport – Owasso, Oklahoma

-- Mark - Working on a 1930s wood and fabric airplane.

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#3 posted 09-10-2010 04:13 AM

Fascinating blog, thank you very much for posting this! I don’t know as much about aircraft as I would like to so seeing this plane take shape is incredible!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 09-11-2010 02:44 PM

Hi again.

I really envy you with this build. Since my heart attack left me grounded, my flying has been sidelined and if I want some stick time now, it will have to be of the radio control variety, to which end I’m going to be building an 8 foot wingspan DeHaviland Turbo Beaver as a winter project. Picked up the kit, along with a 6 foot span one of the DeHaviland Otter, for only $25 from a guy on line. Considering the kits retail for over $200 each, I figure I did pretty good. Still, I’d much rather be flying something from inside! (sigh)

When you finally get this bird in the air, you’ll have to fly her up here to Winnipeg so I can see it in person! ;)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 09-12-2010 05:06 PM

Sorry to hear that you lost your ticket Tiny… but those flying models sound like fun. I haven’t flown R/C in a couple of years. I still have a small fleet that I will keep for my son to try in a year or so, but I’ve been so busy with this project that I just don’t have much time for other hobbies any more.

As far as coming to Winnepeg… the closest I’ll probably get is Brodhead, Wisconsin, or perhaps Oshkosh. ;-)

-- Mark - Working on a 1930s wood and fabric airplane.

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