Still no flying today. Finished applying tapes to elevator ribs,
applied trailing edge tape and finished rivets and tape on HS.
Had planned to go flying today - RV fly-in at Fenland. Rain and low
cloud until 3pm. So decided to have a day in the workshop instead. Finished
fitting rivets to elevators and applied tapes.
I was applying Rand-o-proof all evening to the elevators and HS.
Covering R/H Horizontal stabiliser, ironing elevators and horizontal
statilisers. Started dopeing the elevators.
Covering L/H Horizontal stabiliser - with help from Oscar.
Started covering L/H Horizontal Stabalizer.
Completed attaching fabric to L/H elevator, started covering R/H
Started covering the control surfaces. David came over to give me
a lesson on fabric covering - he is building a Great Lakes. His instruction
has really made a difference, it's okay reading a manual or viewing
a video. But having David keeping an eye on what I was doing and offering
advise as I went along has made all the difference. He has saved me
days, if not weeks or months of progress having set me off on the
correct path from the start. Davids inspector is the same as mine
so he knows what he is looking for and will be checking.
Made up the replacement wooden parts for R/H lower wing inspection
panel, ready for when I mix some glue for the centre section spar.
I have a friend coming over to give me a quick covering lesson so
I am preparing some parts for recovering.
Starting to look at rebuilding the centre section. My plan is to
assemble as much as possible, but I expect to stop to locate parts
I don't have. Already added some to the list today.
This evening I continued assembling the center section. I am only
assembling the centre section to see what goes where as the old parts
show marks where they were fitted. This makes assembly easier - a
few pictures for reference then I can start rebuilding it.
This evening I laid out what remains of the centre section. It's in a mess and most of it will need to be replaced.
Contacted the PFA today, they have my application - Francis does not see any problem to the Great Lakes going onto
a PFA Permit to Fly. We are going to work with Work Sheets rather than a Project Book. Measured up for the belly stringers
on the fuse this evening.
Finally the last part of my Phoenix shipment arrived - the covering
chemicals. They should have been in with the aircraft but there was
a problem with the shipper.
Fitting trim pipe, luggage box and left side wooden ribs.
Fitting oil breather pipe through fuselarge.I have some questions
about parts fitting in the pictures - if you can help.
Granted registration onto the UK register
. The Great Lakes
is now registered as G-GLII.
Trial fit of controls to fuselarge.
Unpacking the crates. Putting some parts on the fuselarge.