Contouring and Covering the Sides

So the summer building season has drawn to a close, and it’s time to get serious about getting caught up with the ol’ blog.  Back in June, I was preparing for covering the sides of the fuselage, and the last step is carving the contours of the top of the fuselage.  The first step in contouring the fuselage top is cutting out the section in the front for the canard.

To be CUT!

As you can imagine, this is rather gut wrenching, taking a saw to this beautiful thing you’ve been working on for nearly a year.  Anyway, it has to be done, so I cut this out with a combination of a Japanese flush cut saw and the Fein tool.

I then used the templates from the plans to carve the tops to the pleasing rounded shape. I really enjoy this kind of work, though I tend to be a bit too much of a perfectionist for my own good.

Though I read and re-read the plans, I have found yet again that perhaps I should get a second opinion on things that are a bit confusing.  I misread the section that says where the final template should taper from, and wound up starting my taper back to the spar much further forward than the plans would lead you to.  In all, it just means the outside of my fuselage is about 1/4″ wider on each side at the seatback, and the general consensus is that it will not affect anything down the line.

My parents were up visiting for 4th of July weekend, and I put Dad right to work. He, Heather, and I got both sides of the fuselage covered over the course of the 3 day weekend. Again, I can’t imagine trying to get all of that done without the extra hands.

Covered!

My posts are going to be a bit light on the text for a while, I’m going to try to see if I can get caught up since I can’t spend as much time building.  At least until I get the heat tent in the hangar reconstructed and a new outdoor cover for the heater.

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