We continue to make steady progress. While the fuel tanks and “stub wings” are still a work in progress, we have been working on a variety of other projects on the airplane. Chuck has been working on the fuel system and wiring while I have been filling and sanding the surfaces of the ailerons, flaps, rudder, elevators and horizontal stabilizer. We also have filled the bottom of the main fuselage as well. We have been using Superfil which is an epoxy based filler that I find to be very easy to sand and produces consistent results. Once the excess Superfil has been sanded off with 80 or 60 grit sandpaper, the parts are ready for high fill primer! I have to admit that it is pretty exciting seeing the bigger pieces start to look like their finished state.

Chuck standing next to the vertical fin and horizontal stabilizer.

Chuck standing next to the vertical fin and horizontal stabilizer.

Elevators test-fitted to horizontal stabilizer.

Elevators test-fitted to horizontal stabilizer.

 

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Here is the rudder (the top is facing the camera) covered with the epoxy filler. It is a lot like spreading frosting on a cake.

 

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After the filler has dried, it gets sanded down as close to the fiberglass as possible.

Here are two pictures of our airplane at the beginning of February.

Main Fuselage and stubwing spars and ribs.

Main Fuselage and stubwing spars and ribs.

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Main fuselage and wings laid out for fun.

 

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