Tooling Along

I have no actual airplane parts to show since my last post, but I have acquired some needed tools and supplies! Bandsaw blades, Scotch brite pads, drill bits, clecos, and a new Super Shear file from TM Technologies. These files are not cheap, but are absolutely amazing in their ability to cut aluminum smoothly.

I also picked up the metal to make my “Dave Clay” bending brake. I’m doing an 8 ft version so I can make the elevator skins. I purchased the stabilizer spars, I figured those would be too fiddly to bend on a home made brake.

Also since my last post I took a bit of a vacation and attended the Zenith Aircraft 25th Annual Open Hangar event. It was a lot of fun, and you can see all the pictures I took in this album.

While there I got to take a flight in the Cruzer, and it is a sweetheart! Did I return home even more excited to build the Cruzer? You betcha. But I also assembled a nice cover for my plans. 🙂

My next task is building the bending brake, then I will order some more aluminum and start making bigger parts. Fun stuff awaits!

Mmm… Ribs

Construction continued this weekend on plans page C75-R-1 with a couple more ribs and a small bracket. I have two more ribs to make for the rudder, then this page of parts will be complete.

Below you see a rib blank marked out, with the flange area designated using a flange marking tool I made.

The bandsaw makes short work of cutting out the rib blank. A vixen file cleans up the edges in less than five minutes.

Here’s a closeup of the flange marking tool.

Here’s how you use the flange marking tool. Simple and effective!

The rudder top rib was a right pain in the you-know-what, but it turned out OK.

Once I finish with the rudder ribs, I will move on to the vertical fin ribs. I won’t actually assemble the rudder or fin since I do not yet have a bending brake long enough to bend the rudder or fin spars. Yep, you guessed it… I’ll be making a bending brake too! Stay tuned for that. 🙂

Construction has begun

Today marks the official start of construction for the 750 Cruzer. It’s only a rudder rib, but it’s a start! 

Of course, before making that rib I had to make form blocks and the aluminum blank.

Here are a couple of action shots Liz took:

My “roll around” workshop idea is working great! It allows me to roll out the bench with the sander and drill press, as well as the bandsaw, then quickly put it all away when I’m done so the car can come in for the night.

Hopefully this marks the start of a fun adventure. If you want to see all the photos I’ve taken so far, here is a link to the Google album. Enjoy!

Where does the time go?

Jeez, the last time I posted here was in February. Half a year gone already?!? Time flies, but I surely haven’t been. :-/

There’s been no RC flying this year, no full scale flying, no building of anything that flies… But hey, on the bright side: The house is getting ship-shape, and soon (like by the end of August) I will have an insulated, well-lit garage in which to start making toys and toy parts.

Oh, and for my birthday I got a shiny new toy to play with so I guess I shouldn’t complain. 🙂