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Hagle347
 Post subject: Re: N218TH flying
PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2020 9:55 am 
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In fabricated a few mounts. Made from angle stock and riveted some .032 sheet metal. They attach to the wing tip row of screws. I also drilled and countersunk #6 screws on the Hero 7 mount. I know their adhesive is good, but I prefer screws. This mount faces forward. I have another at 45 forward and 90 to the airplane. For formation shots, I can turn the camera 45 out to get a neat view.

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Ryan Allen
 Post subject: Re: N218TH flying
PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 7:06 am 
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Terry, are you still pleased with your oil cooler location? Do you happen to have any photos of your install of the oil cooler and its location? I would like to copy your location.


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Hagle347
 Post subject: Re: N218TH flying
PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2020 8:12 am 
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Ryan, I sent you a couple photo of the install. Yes, I’m happy with the location. The cardboard form you see on the one photo is to set the size for the duct. I’m taking air from the right side and use skeet hose to feed the duct.
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Hagle347
 Post subject: Re: N218TH flying
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:01 pm 
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Even in the ‘age of COVID’ I’ve been able to make steady progress on completing Phase 1. As of today, I have 2.5 hours until I reach the magic 40!
Today was big in its own way. It was the first time I’ve been able to fly the airplane 2 days in a row. Tomorrow afternoon will make 3 in a row....weather permitting. I wasn’t happy with the canopy trim- so I made a new one out of fiberglass. It fits much better.
The October plan is once the 40 hours is done- the paint job prep begins. Fall is awesome on the gulf coast- humidity is lower and the temperature more conducive for paint. That is , more conducive for the folks that will be suited up and in the spray booth.
Paint prep begins after October 17th.

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Ryan Allen
 Post subject: Re: N218TH flying
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 7:31 pm 
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Thats looks great Terry, I wish I had your fiberglass skills.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:29 pm 
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Terry,
How many layers of glass did you use? I'm assuming that you laid it up in place on the airplane.

inquiring minds want to know 8)

I like it, you may have just cause me some more work.

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Hagle347
 Post subject: Re: N218TH flying
PostPosted: Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:14 pm 
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Hey Bruce, yes...I used the airplane as the mold. It was one layer of matte glass. West Marine 105 and 205 activator. And some west 407 and 410 microballoons. The secret is In the 3m Mylar tape that the cured epoxy doesn’t stick to.
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Hagle347
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:24 pm 
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Today we had awesome weather along the Florida gulf coast. I was able to do my ‘long’ course and arrive back at home base at exactly 40 hours....Phase 1 now complete.
It’s the first of many milestones, the next one being paint.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:48 pm 
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Terry,

What are those 3 things below your windshield in the pictures? Decals?

How do you like the GRT EFIS? I like their CHT and EGT trend lines.

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Hagle347
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Now the outer wing panels are off. Time to prep for paint
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Hagle347
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Now the outer wing panels are off. Time to prep for paint
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In the morning, the canopy will come off. The canopy trim will be removed. Seats come out, baggage area trim removed so that I can disconnect the flaps. I’m tracking the timeline and trying to come up with a best case date that I’ll be done. ? Mid December- fingers crossed


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fytrplt
 Post subject: Re: N218TH flying
PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2020 8:47 pm 
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I am able to remove and disconnect the flaps by bringing the turnbuckle through the slot without removing the baggage floor. Just a thought.

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leewwalton
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:53 pm 
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Bob, that is pure genius ... I never even thought about that option!

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bfinney
 Post subject: Re: N218TH flying
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:12 am 
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Bob, let me see if I understand your method. With the flap lever in the up position you pull the flap hinge bolts and you snake the -638 mast through the slot in the fuselage and then you are able to disconnect the turnbuckle from the mast horn. Is this correct?

That would have saved me a lot of grief when I disassemble the airplane to paint it. My battery box sit above the right flap mast and is a pain to get to let alone being able to see what you are doing.

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fytrplt
 Post subject: Re: N218TH flying
PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:51 am 
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Bruce, you have cracked the code!

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