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Pietenpol Air Camper #6: Fuselage

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Blog entry by K5YAC posted 09-11-2010 11:49 PM 3875 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got started on my fuselage last night by re-leveling my tables and sorting out the materials necessary to construct this assembly. This morning I was ready to go… it was just a mater of establishing reference points and taking measurements from the plans.

I used a tight string to determine my top edge, which is a perfectly straight 1” x 1” longeron that is 172 3/8” long. See the stack of goodies on the right? That is all there is to the major fuselage construction. Doesn’t seem like much, but it should frame up nicely.

Got the longerons jigged up, now I just need to cut the diagonals and uprights. This is real similar to building a wing rib… just much bigger.

More to come…

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



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BigTiny

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 03:53 AM

Ever notice how alike building one of these is to building a wooden boat or canoe? I wonder how many folks have built one of either and found out they can’t get it out of the basement?

I knew a guy in Toronto who built one then had to cut a hole in the basement wall to get it out, and he planned it that way. Added an external cellar stair that way.

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

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K5YAC

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 02:25 PM

Hey BigTiny… yes, apparently boat building is similar in many ways. I know that there are “marine grade” materials that are suitable for use in aircraft construction. I think many of the plywood materials are similar, as are some of the adhesives.

I’m not sure how many people have found that they CAN’T get their project out, but I know there have been many that have had to modify their structures in order to get their project out. I’ve seen pictures of wing assemblies being passed out of a large second story window. Glad I won’t have to do that.

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

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#3 posted 09-12-2010 07:20 PM

I have just seen your blog serie on this , and I have enjoyed every step sofare :-)
as one who had build severel R/c planes in only balsa and wood its a joy to see
a real one build with the old tecnics /structures in wood :-)
if your plane is coming out half as nice as the photo in the first blog and I´m sure it is
then I realy look forward to follow your blog and to see her finished , is it possiple you
will make a short vidioclip of her first flight around the base , that woooood be awesome if you do

good luck on the voyage :-)
Dennis

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K5YAC

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#4 posted 09-12-2010 08:07 PM

Oh yeah, I hope to have some early video of her flying. Honestly, I hope to make it a low key event, but I’m sure we’ll document it. That day is some time away though. Perhaps a couple of years at best.

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#5 posted 09-12-2010 08:50 PM

yaah its always take longer than expected ,when you start fidling with the
small things and never seems to be satisfied with it , then it takes hours and
you will not feel any progress in it :-)
but at the same time the lounceday arive faster than you want it to, all the doubt
will line up and hammer your stomack the last month but don´t worry thats normal..lol
just try to take it easy and believe your self as you already do , thumps up :-)

ooh wait that was the speach I shuold have delivered later….well you can always take it out
of the drawer when you need it…lol

Dennis

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