"Cloudster" Construction Project Session #67
Speed 400 Cloudster
This morning Sue and I went to early church and then out for breakfast
afterward. Shortly after noon, we drove over to Pantego to see the new
house our neighbors on the north just bought. They will be moving over there
on Tuesday and Wednesday. So this afternoon there was time to finish the
fuselage's top forward cabin stop that interfaces with the wing's notched
leading edge, but I did not get to recessing the bulkheads between the
stringers on the bottom of the fuselage.
The back side of the 1/4" X 3/8" balsa stop was lined with 1/64" plywood
and then glued to the front of the wing saddle. This balsa stop was
then carefully trimmed and sanded to shape with the appropriate slope for
the wing screen attachment. The wind screen pattern was cut out of the plans
and used to determine the right slope of the stop. This was an iterative
process of trimming the stop, checking the fit with the pattern, and then
trimming some more as shown below.
The finished cabin stop is shown in the picture below. Notice the 1/64"
plywood liner on the back side of the cabin stop that the wing's notched
leading edge butts up against.
This picture shows the wing's notched leading edge in proximity of the cabin
With the wing assembled to the fuselage in the picture below, you can see
the nice fit of the cabin stop with the wings notched leading
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