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What are you, oblivious to popular culture?

Ah, "Stimpy, you idiot!"

 

I'm trying to purge myself of popular culture, get off the grid, and focus on complete cosmic convergence.

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Hmmm. I never really thought Ren&Stimpy was popular, gross, imature and strange perhaps. Really I was kind of an antifan of the show, but I liked PTM because he flew backward.

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Ok enough with Powered Toast Man, just a little to silly for me I think.

 

I have completed the first practice lay up and it weighed in a 9-7/8 oz. This is a little lighter than called out for in the instructions. There are no voids or bubbles or anything so I can't think of why its so light. Perhaps the scale is not accurate. I will take the piece down to the post office and double check it there. It will be nice to know if my scale is even close.

 

More about this and other things on my blog....

 

http://flyingbackward.blogspot.com/

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Ok enough with Powered Toast Man, just a little to silly for me I think.

You brought it up! I'm betting that avatar doesn't last through chapter 4.

 

I have completed the first practice lay up and it weighed in a 9-7/8 oz.

It does look like you have a bubble or two through the 11 through 4:00 positions. What's it "supposed" to weigh?

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You brought it up! I'm betting that avatar doesn't last through chapter 4.

 

It does look like you have a bubble or two through the 11 through 4:00 positions. What's it "supposed" to weigh?

What I think you are seeing is dust from my hands. If you could see it up close the finish is a uniform color, thickness, etc. I can see no bubbles or areas that appear dry. The instructions say that the lightest one should expect is 10-1/2 oz.

 

Frankly I am not too worried about it. I might have been a little anal in getting rid of the excess epoxy.

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PTM,

Try vacuum bagging. You'll love it. Every time you peel away the batting, you feel the weight you are saving on the part you just made. :D

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After VERY close examination I did notice what might some tiny tiny (smaller than a flea) air bubbles. I will take care in the future to not pull out too much excess resin.

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FIRST PART!

 

Today I received a call from my brother in Seattle. I tasked him with finding for me 1/4" 5 ply birch plywood.

 

Not only did he find the plywood, he also cut out the firewall for me!

 

We have lots of extra plywood left over so if anyone is in needs some, let me know. I can probably provide it for less than through wicks or AS&S. If someone needs a n Open-EZ firewall I could duplicate mine in a short time with my router.

 

Your can see my progress at

 

http://flyingbackward.blogspot.com/

Flying Backward

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Progress has been slow, but yesterday I finished the rear seat back. So I now have about half the bulkheads complete.

 

Also my brother was kind enough to pick up some aluminum extrusion for the landing gear brackets. Unfortunately he made a mistake while fabricating on of the larger rear brackets. So I am in need of about a 5" long 2"x2"x1/4" piece to complete the landing gear brackets. If anyone has a scrap that size I would be happy to take it off your hands for a price.

 

Photos of my progress can be seen at:

http://flyingbackward.blogspot.com/

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I have finnaly finished chapter 4! Just for the fun of it I clamped everything up the workbech to get an idea of how this will all fit together.

 

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You can check out more at:

 

http://flyingbackward.blogspot.com/

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Thats really great.

Somehow I am jealous, I'd have loved to have built a Long-ez when I was younger, something between a magic carpet and a personal fighter. Though our Cozy should be comparable in performance I do not think the experience will be the same. Looking forward to seeing your future progress.

Regards, Chrissi

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WOW! I think your fuse looks a lot lighter than mine. :D

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It probably would be if not for the fact that the fuselage bottom is made from 2x4s and MDF!

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Thats really great.

Somehow I am jealous, I'd have loved to have built a Long-ez when I was younger, something between a magic carpet and a personal fighter. Though our Cozy should be comparable in performance I do not think the experience will be the same. Looking forward to seeing your future progress.

Regards, Chrissi

On my way back from my first x-country solo I had a brief moment of relaxation, knowing that I could find my way back and that the weather was just about perfect. Flying over slightly rolling green hills of southwest Washington at 3500 ft I got a real appreciation for flying and really felt like I was atop the flying carpet I thought about as a child.

 

I hope I will have one or two moments like that in the Long when its flying.

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Though our Cozy should be comparable in performance I do not think the experience will be the same.

I'll second that!

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Chapter 5 started yesterday. Today I cut and started to glue up the foam for the sides.

 

Any words of wisdom before I carve and glass up the sides is welcome.

 

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Martin

 

 

http://flyingbackward.blogspot.com/

Flying Backward

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Last weekend my brother stopped by and helped me glass up the fuse sides, you can see pictures and more details at http://flyingbackward.blogspot.com/

 

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Yesterday and today I installed the lower triangular stringer. I should have another update in the next day or two.

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I'm so jealous, we really should have built a couple of Long-ez's

...Chrissi

One extra left wing, one extra right wing, one additional cannard....

 

then cut the cozy fuse in half...... etc etc....:)

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Well today I floxed the landing gear extrusions to the fuselage sides. Unfortunately I ran across a little problem. Two holes in the forward extrusion were drilled to close to the perpendicular side. This did not allow enough room for the washers to sit flat...

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One solution I came up with was the grind off one side of the washers. This seemed to do the trick, but I am a little uneasy with this for some reason.

 

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Is this an ok solution? Any suggestions are welcome.

You can see higher resolution pictures at:http://flyingbackward.blogspot.com/

Flying Backward

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Not sure if it will fit but what you may want is a piloted counterbore to spot face the area where that washer goes. The tool looks like a long end mill with a smooth pilot sticking out of the middle that fits in the hole on your part. Question is do you have enough clearance, in other words is the interference just the material in the radius or is it the wall as well?

Those knurled tubes look mighty nice though :D

Regards, Chrissi

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ALSO;

 

I can't tell from these photos, BUT, shouldn't there be a insert in the hole that the large bolt goes through?

 

I seem to recall these LBGs were to be drilled oversize and an insert installed. This would prevent the elongation of the bolt hole later in life.

 

 

Waiter

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Waiter,

I seem to remember somebody mentioning that in a CSA that a SSTL insert like gets pressed into the tube but the thickness of the aluminum bracket, the shoulder side towards the tube?

I just know we are going to have to start making the LG brackets with the SSTL bushings already pressed into place aren't we? :rolleyes:

...Chrissi

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ALSO;

 

I can't tell from these photos, BUT, shouldn't there be a insert in the hole that the large bolt goes through?

 

I seem to recall these LBGs were to be drilled oversize and an insert installed. This would prevent the elongation of the bolt hole later in life.

 

 

Waiter

I do not recall that mentioned in any of the CP newsletters. Any reference material would be appreciated.

 

Observant folks might also notice that the "bolt" and nut are not the correct parts. I am using, for now a threaded rod and hardware store nuts untill I can find the AN6-80As.

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