Log Entries

Project Location: ID US

Entry Date Summary Description
Entry Date Summary Description
2005-08-25 Fuselage assy. Bulkheads Dry run.. just to see if it all fits in place longerons in place a little more encouraging to see this much .Whew.*
2007-02-23 my use of the poormans composite..cardboard. Corrugated cardboard comes in all sorts of styles (never thought about this before, did you?), ranging from heavy thick mushy stuff to thin, brittle material that cracks when you bend it. Somewhere in between is the right stuff -- look for a good stiff feel, thin walls, and consistent corrugations. There's no reason to go with heavy cardboard for strength: all we're trying to do here is hold the two fiberglass layers in a fixed relationship. Get material that feels clean and light, and hasn't been walked on or creased.
2008-06-18 Parts prep using local items The rudder installation using local parts.
2008-06-18 Parts prep using local items The rudder installation using local parts.
2008-06-18 foam ribs and vertical aluminum tube and schedule 40 pvc reinforced 2 in. aluminum tube Foam ribs added to vertical tube and dowles placed and epoxied to hold ribs in place parts and tubing purchased locally glassed over, epoxy and sanding Also using plastic bullnose for leading edge and for the trailing edge i used metal edging.
2009-06-18 Foam ribs for the vertical stabilizer The 2in.aluminum tube for the vertical stabilizer was purchased at local irrigation supply and reinforced inside of tubing with ridgid pvc sched.40 which exceeded the strength of the vertical tubin and still maintained the light weight.all other parts purchased locally.
2010-08-25 Bulkheads and seat area all that drilling sanding and sweat it looks like some progress...
2010-09-18 Blue styrofoam ribs with styrofoam in core using plastic bullnose for leading edge and for the trailing edge i used metal edging. The stablizer tab was much lighter than the all wood frame.
2011-01-12 Foaming the wings The wings i have decided to foam with blue styrofoam both the ribs and the surface between the ribs. Using the home made foam cutter and accessories. I didnt have to add the lighting holes but i wanted to include the drag wires and dowels and maybe off set a lil weight for the replacement of the wood spars with aluminum spars which weighed out each at 7lbs 7 oz plus the added wood cap strips All the spars are proven strength - 6061-T6 extruded aluminum with an ultimate yield in tension of 45,000 PSI and in shear of 30,000 PSI. vs sitka spruce a tensile of 10,000 PSI and in shear of 5,000 PSI probubly a bit of over kill. but also i wouldnt want to test the factor beyond the required limition of the VP2 so i figured a good comfort zone for me to fly @ 90 miles per hour or a lil over is just fine with me.


2011-01-12 More Prep and cut outs The foam wire cutter, control console, hole cutters and all other parts bought from Lowells and Home Depot
2011-01-12 More Wing Prep
2011-01-14 seat modified
2011-01-14 seat area change over
2011-01-14 Main Spar the spar is 144 inchs long with 5 1/2 inches width includes the added wood cap strips of western hemlock with the physical properties slighly higher than sitica spruce
2011-01-15 A Rand KR2 Wing a typical foam contruction using Blue Styro Foam on a Rand KR2