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Old 08-05-2014, 04:37 PM
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Thanks, that makes sense, in thinking from "the inside out" I guess it does not really matter how the skeleton is held together, it is just holding shape for the skins. I also plan on predriling the skeleton, then clamping on the skins and drilling from the underside through the pre drilled holes into the skins.
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Old 10-15-2014, 03:26 PM
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Here's a few pics of the progress so far, tail is done ,one wing finished and the other getting close


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Default Painting ..... 90% done, only 50% to go.

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Wow, I'm impressed! that is a great looking paint job. Planning to travel to Texas anytime soon?
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Wow, I'm impressed! that is a great looking paint job. Planning to travel to Texas anytime soon?
Thanks Colin,

In fairness, I only built the aeroplane. The painting is being done by a company called Lant Lane Bodyworks who have painted quite a few RV's before. I was a little apprehensive about the choices of design and color I had in mind - but now I'm getting to see it all on the aeroplane I've become really enthusiastic . The quality of their work is first rate.

I also have help from my friend Tom who is doing the airbrushing for me. (where would RV builders be without help from friends !). The next batch of photos should show the results of this.

I've spent quite a lot of time in the U.S. over the years - but never in Texas so far.

One day, definately !

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More progress - we now have wings, tail feathers and at least one wingtip

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Here's a safety tip. On my HR-II, I have similar stipes on my wings, but they extend over the leading edge.

After paint, I lost about 6 knots in top speed. Oil drop testing showed that the paint ridges on the stripes were tripping the airflow in the critical area near the leading edge of the upper wing.

Since my paint was already done, it was a horrible feeling to get out the sandpaper and sand the ridges smooth. I was able to do this and i am now ready for flight testing to measure the effect.

If you have the opportunity, now is the time for the paint shop to address this issue.

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Here's a safety tip. On my HR-II, I have similar stipes on my wings, but they extend over the leading edge.

After paint, I lost about 6 knots in top speed. Oil drop testing showed that the paint ridges on the stripes were tripping the airflow in the critical area near the leading edge of the upper wing.

Since my paint was already done, it was a horrible feeling to get out the sandpaper and sand the ridges smooth. I was able to do this and i am now ready for flight testing to measure the effect.

If you have the opportunity, now is the time for the paint shop to address this issue.

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Thats interesting Vern.

The orange on my wings goes completely around the leading edge and covers about the 1st 25% of the underside of the wing. The paint is clear coated on top of the orange so the "step" is actually relatively smooth and rounded.

It will be fairly easy for me to remove this with 2000 grit wet and dry and re polish. I had considered doing this - but purely for cosmetic reasons before your post.

Right now I'm focussed on getting through my paperwork approval process (it takes around 13 weeks in total here in the UK) during all the "waiting for paperwork" time methinks I'll do some sanding and smoothing.

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Old 02-16-2015, 07:27 AM
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http://vimeo.com/119671683

Probably only a week to go now till first flight.

I'm Excited !
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http://vimeo.com/119671683

Probably only a week to go now till first flight.

I'm Excited !
Maybe it's just me but I'd love to see that video without rock music drowning out the beautiful sound of the engine.
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