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IT'S A WRAP Covering the Silhavy Extra

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  • #16
    I’m honestly stunned at how nice this plane looks. Can’t wait!


    • #17
      Tonight I final sanded the hatch and sprayed 2 heavy coats of hairspray and will let that dry until tomorrow,
      I covered the plywood former that is between the cowl and the hatch. Next I cut 4 pieces of blue covering 1/2 inch X 72 inches long.
      Ironed trim strips on both sides of fuse, I will be covering the rudder next. Click image for larger version

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      • #18
        Starting with the rudder like the fuse, cover the top and bottom of the counter balance. White is the lightest color so start with that. Attach the rudder to the fuse with just a couple of hinges. Using a long straight edge mark where the covering will go including overlap. Iron the covering on and trim off excess and seal the edges.
        Next cut and iron on the red on both sides. Lay a straight edge on the side and mark where the black irons on. Last apply the blue trim stripes to match the fuse.
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        • #19
          The last piece of the fuse is finally covered. Sanded the hatch with 1500 grit and blew off the dust and started laying down the rest of the red MonoKote. After this is getting back on the wings, get them covered and get all the gear an engine installed. Once that is done the final touches to the cowl like installing baffles. After that The cowl will need covered too.
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          • #20
            While I keep thinking about finishing the wings I have been messing with the cockpit and getting it ready to glue the canopy on.
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            • #21
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              • #22
                Been a little under the weather lately so not moving real fast.
                Rudder hard point for the horns have been drilled and installed. The rudder is hinged and glued with white Gorilla glue. The white is easier to clean up and does not stain the covering. I mounted the cowl and have started building the baffles for the DA 100L. Never worked with a wooden cowl before so I am learning as I go.
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                • #23
                  ​ Put on some decals so it doesn’t look naked.
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                  Added some fill pieces, next is to sand and shape then use a little filler to smooth the gaps.
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                  Last edited by Mike Karnes; 06-16-2020, 04:28 PM.


                  • #24
                    Sanded and first coat of filler. Second picture has the baffles cut and in place but not glued in.

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                    • #25
                      While the cowl filler is drying I going to get a little ahead to the equipment install

                      Installing the headers and canister mufflers I am using knuckle headers from DA. The drop measured on this airframe using 2 canister mounts centered in the allotted space in the tunnel was 80 mm. The standards are 25mm, 50mm, 60mm, 70mm, and 90mm drop. So using knuckle headers was the better choice to achieve a 80mm drop.

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                      • #26
                        Should the cans always be supported in two spots or can one spot be used assuming header holds the other end?


                        • #27
                          I have always supported cans and pipes with 2 supports. Eliminates some exhaust vibration that using 1 mount can't do.
                          Do what works for you, this is what I do. I have seen headers break so I do not use it as a support.


                          • #28
                            Got a little done this week. Motor is mounted headers and cans in and throttle servo in and hooked up to carb. Rudder servos installed and linked together ready to attach pull/pull cables.
                            EQ 6 Turbo Smart-Fly mounted and IBE is hooked up and LED and pin switch mounted on side of fuse. McFueler mounted on other side

                            Oh and it finally has a landing gear so it's now off the building table and on the walk around set up bench.

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                            Last edited by Mike Karnes; 06-19-2020, 09:27 PM.


                            • #29
                              ​ The wings are just about complete.Didn’t realize I was short 2 servo arms for the savox servos. Ordered them last night so should not be much longer now.


                              • #30
                                Pics didn’t show up on last one