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2008 Recap

Beej

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Here are the goals that I pasted from a post I made one year ago:

Goals for 2008


-go to Oshkosh
nope. (went to the biplane expo instead)


-have the fuselage on gear
nope. (still toying whether to use Groves or not)


-acquire engine mount and paint
yup.


-all 4130 primed
nope.

-all controls working
nope.


-plus whatever else I can afford/ fit in


-weld good enough to trust myself beyond tacking.
nope (but close).



I did deviate a lot however. What I did achieve was:


-made new instrumentpanelsand modified all instruments to white faces (huge undertaking it turned out).


-finished all aileron linkages plus slave strutsto completion including rigging, all primed and mothballed for final assembly


-built I-struts and I-strut lower attachbolts modifiedwith a tie-down ring, all primed and mothballed


-all wings rigged, drilled and set in stone,then disassembled the plane


-modified an existing fuel tank (added a fuel sender), primed and top coated, made new tank retaining straps, final dry fit then mothballed


-modified rudder pedals (added stops fore and aft), painted to top coat, now finished


-fitted upper wing center glassfairing (not an easy task..was a pain)


-finished center bow and center upper wing leading edge ply


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Goals for 2009


It seems goals are meant to be broken, but here goes in no particular order:



-finish torque tube andelevatorlinkage up to paint


-finish all welding 'extras' on fuselage then paint it


-complete landing gear


-add floors or foot boards


-add seats and backs


-choose and fit an elevator trim mechanism


-fit a fuel valve with extender arm to rear pit (for top tank)


-fit tail wheel


Above all, I really want this thing on its gear and growling by the end of 2009, well, maybe not growling, since it probably wont have an engine yet, but you know what I mean.....




So, what did you do in 2008? And what are your goals?







 

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