HOMECOMMENTS/ARTICLES2020 HCAA CONTACTSPHOTO GALLERY

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Jun 6, 2020 - After a long hiatus over the winter, I finally got
back to working on the plane.  Here I repainted the rear bulkhead
that had been scratched up from so many attempts at getting the
rear canopy to fit.  Also added some ventilation.
 
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Jun 11, 2020 - Attached Molex connectors to rudder side wiring
and fuselage power for ADS-B tail beacon.
 
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Jun 11, 2020 - Turned on Master switch and checked for power
to output end for the ADS-B.
 
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Jun 23, 2020 - Built a dispenser for the 3M vinyl wrap material
I plan to use for the plane in stead of painting.
 
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Jul 21, 2020 - Started to attach turnbuckles to rudder cables, then
found I did not have the proper AN3-5 bolts.  Have to wait until order arrives.
 
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Jul 31, 2020 - AN3-5 bolts arrived.  Measuring length of cable needed.
 
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Jul 31, 2020 - Been several years since I did my last swage, so
naturally I screwed this one up.  I tried to cut it off, but no luck.
 
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Jul 31, 2020 - Had to cut the bad swage off, which means I
have to run a new cable !
 
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Aug 4, 2020 - After more practice on throw-away pieces, I made
a successful attempt at installing the rudder turnbuckle on the right side.
 
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Aug 6, 2020 - Time to run new left side rudder cable.  I fished
in the new cable, and taped to the old cable so I could pull the new
cable through the various fairleads in the fuselage.
 
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Aug 6, 2020 - The new cable attached to the rudder control.
 
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Aug 6, 2020 - The new successful left side rudder turnbuckle installation.
 
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Aug 8, 2020 - My first attempt at setting the elevator cable failed. 
Cut it too short.  So, have to run another cable, again !!!
 
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Taking a break from cable installation and letting my blood pressure
settled down.  Based on an idea from Dallas Harding, I fabricated and
installed some custom tow bar brackets.
 
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Aug 11, 2020 - The brackets are made from 1/8 inch aluminum
angle. Side holes drilled to accommodate tow bar purchased from Zenith Aircraft.
 
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Aug 11, 2020 - The tow bar ready for use.  The bar is collapsible
and can be stowed in the luggage area behind the seats.
 
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Aug 14, 2020 - Setting the elevator to near level position. 
Also set what I assumed the sticks to be in neutral position.
 
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Aug 14, 2020 - After installation, I tried to lift the elevator, but
could only get half up deflection before stick hit seat.  This cable too short !!
 
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Aug 20, 2020 - Made a measuring device to determine how much
to lengthen the DOWN cable.  Came out to 1-1/2 inch.
 
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Aug 20, 2020 - Another NEW longer cable DOWN cable installed.
 
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Aug 20, 2020 - The UP cable installed.
 
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Aug 20, 2020 - Up angle is 31.7 degrees.  Of course, everything
has to be properly tensioned at final assembly.
 
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Aug 20, 2020 - At full up elevator, the stick just touches the seat.
 
 
 

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