I only have a little bit to say about my airplane this week so today’s post starts in a different direction. My friend, Don, and I got to talking last night. He is building a wooden sailboat in his garage. How cool is that?! As it turns out, it’s a bit too cool for Don to work on it this time of year.
Don, this is for you: Here is a photo of the NewAir G73, 5000W, 240V electric heater that I had installed. The thing does wonders for my two-car, insulated garage. You need something like this for your garage. It has a thermostat on the back so I can turn the temp down at night and then back up at lunchtime the next day. By the time I am done with may day job, the garage is up to 65 degrees-ish, which is plenty comfortable for me if I put on an extra layer. (Click any photo to see a larger version.)
Progress on my Bede BD-4C airplane this week consisted of:
- Priming the rear seat frame. Monday’s weather was warm with calm winds so I got the pieces outside and sprayed primer on them. Not very exciting but it had to be done.
- Trying to fit the ventral fins and discovering that I bent the “spine” of them too tight. I used a 0.25 inch bend and I think it needs to be 0.5 inch. As fabricated, the fins are too narrow to fit over the 0.5 inch tube from which the tail skid is made.
- Drilling lots of little holes for rivets through the seat frame attachment plates into the fuselage.
- Returning to the fuselage skins (next to the rear seat). I added a few more little holes so I could cleco them in position and get them to lay flat. A bunch of screws and bolts have to pass through holes in the skins. Getting it clecoed in position will let me make the holes in the right places.
I had to mail order the drill stop to keep from going too far into the fuselage and dinging the aileron push-pull rods. While I was ordering the stop for the #30 bit, I also ordered them for the #40 and #12, the two other sizes that I use a lot. I was pleased to see that the drill stops are colored the same as the corresponding size clecos. Here is a photo, including the fasteners that go through each size hole.
For those who have not seen them before, the top fastener is a dome-top rivet. The middle fastner is a smaller, countersunk rivet. The bottom fastener is an AN3 bolt.