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  • davzLSA
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    Hey Guys, I have been taking a little break lately from building, sometimes you just need to get away from it for a minute. Recently I have gotten back to it. So in the pics you see I have all the aluminum parts now attached and painted all nice and pretty. And as it would be I forgot to weld the handle on the rear for towing the airplane around. So I had to wire brush all the pant in the area I needed to weld. Then after I got the handle welded on I had to clean it up with the wire brush again and repaint everything again. But this is the final time these parts will be going on, they will not come off again. Maybe. Also I have something coming up that i have been thinking about for awhile now. I have been trying to figure out how to attach hard points for jacking. I believe I have hit upon the solution to the problem. It will cost a little weight but the utility of it I believe will make it worth it. I will also have pic as soon as I get it bolted on. It is a pair of brackets that are bolted on with the bottom engine mount, the brackets extend about 1 inch below the fire wall. This is a heavy duty bracket made from a cut down pieces of angle iron. I intend upon making a jacking bracket that will bolt onto the brackets that extends below the fire wall. Not only can the plane be jacked from the bottom, but with a longer bracket and a spreader bar it can be lifted from above as well. It will make more sense when you see the pics. Another thing I did that is not on the plans is the second bottom bulkhead behind the fire wall. I believe it will make a smoother transition to the fabric bottom. I think I have seen this in other builders pictures. It looked like a good idea to me so I just stole it. But that is why we post pics right?I hope you all like these pics.
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  • davzLSA
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    hey guys got a little more progress, I decided I needed a larger instrument panel so i made another one today. I have the original one and it is per the plans If anyone wants it its yours just send me a PM. I am giving it away for the cost of shipping. It has a 1\2 inch flange on it.
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    Last edited by davzLSA; 11-24-2021, 06:58 PM.

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  • davzLSA
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    I hope so Frank. I want to get the fuse in a very high state of completion before I start on the wings. Now that I have all the material for the wings I don't have to worry about aluminum prices going up on me. Ill be checking out your thread for tips as I go. Thanks for posting.

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  • Frank
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    I'm excited for you Dave! With your factory ribs and spar webs, and with your previous experience in wing building, you'll be up and away before too long!

  • davzLSA
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    Hey Guys, Big day today in DavzLSA progress. Got my aluminum for my wings today. It was a 600lb crate and a long tube crate with the cap strip. More update to come.
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  • Frank
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    Great work Dave! Maybe someday I will face the same challenge. You made it a little easier with the photos!

  • davzLSA
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    Im glad you like them Sir Newton

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  • Sir Newton
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    I love the pictures. 1 picture is worth 1000 words. You just posted 7000 words.

  • davzLSA
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    Hey Fellas, got some progress to report today, I finally got the aileron pulleys fitting and the brackets welded in place, I was really dreading that job, it took about 10 hours to get both sides done. It was one of those deals where you have to trim and fit and trim and fit until you got it where you wanted them. And then they are still not perfect. But the pursuit of perfection is probably the thing that keeps most airplane from ever being finished. So off I go!!! Hope you like the pics.
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  • NCLSA183
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    Absolutely Dave! My gratitude was meant for those guys as well, and the others. As I've stated before, in other posts, I have been following the forum for almost 4 years and those guys have been a big part of the LSA neighborhood and I have visited their virtual workshops many times. I've learned things from BTAZ and Stinger that I plan to implement on my own project some day, and from many others. I've not seen an LSA in person but I don't need to in order to appreciate it and know that it will be perfect for my needs. I did own a '42 J-3 for several years in the early 90's and the LSA should be it's younger, stronger and more capable brother. I wasn't inspecting or critiquing your work. Just admiring it and your commitment. The main point was to let you know that all the photos from all the different angles will help myself and others to get a better visualization of where all the pieces belong. And I understand THAT is pretty important.
    Mitch

  • davzLSA
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    Hey Mitch, Im glad you like my pics, Don't look too closely though my fuse is far from a excellent example of what an LSA is supposed to look like. I highly recommend you check out BTAZ and Stinger and of course Mark and Bob's LSA''s for some really fine workmanship, As far as a fridge I have a full size one in the older part of my shop. It great for keeping cold beer or water in..

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  • NCLSA183
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    Dave, the quantity and quality of your photos will be a huge asset to all of us that hope to be at this stage, in the future. Same goes to the other members who have given their time to upload photos and document their progress. It's kinda like having multiple LSA's under construction in the neighborhood and we can drop-in unannounced to checkout the progress and ask questions. Now... where's the mini-fridge, Dave??
    Mitch

  • davzLSA
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    Im happy to be of help Frank, Im going to use your method for bending angle for my wing ribs and I know are a million little pieces of angle that need to be bent. Im hoping to get the aluminum for my wings in the next couple of weeks. ACS keeps changing the date on my delivery.

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  • Frank
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    Thanks for the high resolution photos, great for reference. Great work!

  • Sir Newton
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    That is awesome. I am happy for you!
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