In this section I want
to talk about final assembly of the aircraft itself.
In the other sections, I have discussed
building the parts, now it is time to put
them together. You
say this is the
“Some Assembly Required” section.
really isn’t a perfect order, but you can click
to see what I would recommend as a good build sequence. When I got to this point,
the following assemblies completed and sitting separately: fuselage, wings, both
stabs, elevators, rudder,
I started my final assembly by attaching
the empennage. Since
the fuselage was
still low to the
ground, sitting on a crate, the leveled fuselage didn’t get too high
air. I could still
reach everything for
the empennage from the ground. You
have to determine when it is the right time to rig
want the pushrods running through the fuselage just yet. Here is when I installed the fiberglass intersection fairing. The timing isn’t critical, any time after the empennage is installed will do.
Next I installed
took a little to raise the fuselage up enough
to make room for the gear, but it is easier to raise it with the
than to wait until after the gear for the empennage.
was next. I did
the plane on its own gear. Since
already done the fitting with the fuselage resting on the crate, it was
easy to slip the wings on. By
tooling holes and the W-730 bellcrank jig provided in the kit, I was
able to rig
the wings without having
to level the plane.
took a long time. It
was another of those cases where I had to
install, measure, remove, trim, and repeat.
I took it slow, removing a little metal at a
time. I wanted to
ensure I had a good fit to the
fuselage and also wanted the pushrod hole as small as possible.
Once the flaps were fit, I was able to make and fit the wing
and flap fairings.
now have everything
put together, and am working on the engine.