Sunday, July 22, 2007

I spent about four hours on the wing today before getting blocked. We put the nose skin back on ( I can't wait to not have to ratchet strap anything again ) The top and nose skin were drilled to together on the outboard side along with the spar extension. The slat supports were also drilled into place.

The wing tank stills needs to be tested, but I want to wait until my Jeep's tank needs a little fuel.

The blocking issue is the fluting / crimping that needs to be performed on some extrusion so the wing tip can be placed. It's amazing what extent some of the prefabrication on the CH-701 is, providing predrilled skins, assembled spars, ect... but in the same breath expect you to flute extrusion without even telling you "oh, by the way... buy a pair of fluting pliers" is just strange and inconsistent.

So I attempted to make a pair with some wood... that didn't work out to well. That excursion took a few hours. Hopefully I can find a pair to borrow... that or UPS will make a ton on overnight delivery from me.

Is it just me, or does the AMD Patriot ( aka Ch750 ) look more like a Cessna than the Cessna 162 Sky Catcher? And yes... I'm drooling over the 162... and yes I want to be the first to fly one when they make their way up here.

Project Status:
Wings: ~126.5h ( 1h, 1h, 0.5h, 2.5h, 4h, 1h, 1.5h, 1h, 1.5, 4.5, 1h, 1h, 2h, 4h, 1h, 3h, 1h, 2h, .5h, 1.5h, 2h, 2h, 2h, .5h, 1h, .5h, .5h, 2h,3h, 1h, 3h, 3h, 4h, 2h, 3h, 7h, 3h, 1h, 4h, 1h, 1h, 1h, 4h, 2h, 2h, 2h, 2h, 1h, 2h, 3h, 2h, 1h, 3h, 2h, 2h, 1h, 2h, 3h, 2h, 1h, 1h, 1.5, 2h, 2h )
Flaperons: ( DONE! ) 23.5 hours spent ( 3h, 1h, 1h, 1h, 1.5h, 3h, 6h, 3h, 4h, 1h )
Paint Design: 2 hours spent ( 1h, 1h )
Elevator DONE!: ~31.5 hours spent ( 3h, 1.5h, 3h, .5h, 3.5h, 2h, 4h, 1.5h, 2h, 4.5h, 1h, 6h )
Horizontal Stabilizer DONE!: ~28 hours spent, 3 pieces replaced ( 3h, 2h, 2h, 2h, .5h, 1.5h, 3.5h, 1.5h, 5, 4.5, 2h, .5h )
Rudder DONE!, minus horn : ~16 hours spent, ( ~8h, ~8h )
Total Done: ~228h

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