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Edge finish on main gear fittings

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Radial Skybolt Builder: 220.45% completed
Aug 21, 2006
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I'm in the process of making the fittings for the main landing gear. I saw somewhere photos of the sides of the fittings welded instead of sanded smooth.

I could be wrong about that. I thought I remember reading it in one of Tony B's books too.

Why would you weld the side of a fitting ? I would think that it would be to keep it from cracking... but why weld the edge instead of sanding it smooth ? Save a heck of a lot of time, for sure.

Comments ? Suggestion ?

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