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Chris's Legal Eagle
On the gear! PDF Print E-mail

Well it's been a while since my last update again - Classes are starting to pick up and demand more of my time, so I haven't spent quite as much time building as I'd like, and since building necessarily comes before website updates, I've been focusing on the building when I can.  So with that said, I have been making at least SOME progress on it lately.  As the picture shows below the fuselage's main structure is fully welded, the gear is built and fit in place, and I have the seat built as well.   The seat I decided to buck rivet with AN470-4 rivets I had on hand from the Mustang II project as I figured it would save me a small bit of weight compared to the Cherry N pull rivets.  Not shown in this picture is the vertical fin and horizontal stabilizers which I have built up and held together with clecos.  I've used them to weld in the mounts on the tail of the fuselage.  I need to order some tubing so I can fabricate the hinges so I can get the rudder and elevator in place on it, which will then let me weld mounting tabs for the flying wires on the tail and fairleads for the rudder cables.  It's amazing how fast the overall fuselage goes together, but it's the little details that take a ton of time and make you feel like you're moving at a snail's pace.  I'm seeing where they came up with the term "90% done and 90% to go!".

 

Legal Eagle on gear with seat.

 

 
Legal Eagle Fuselage tack welded PDF Print E-mail

Time for another progress update!  I took a winterim chemistry class so I was a bit busy and hadn't updated for a bit as I didn't get as much done on the weekends as I'd originally hoped.  But with the winterim class over I was able to again commit to some building time and finished tack welding the fuselage structure up.  Next up is final welding on the entire structure followed by the seat tubes.  After that it'll be time to get it on the gear and get the tail group on.  So since there's not much excitement in posting pictures of welded up joints, it might be a little bit before I get some noticeable progress posted up here on it.  Perhaps the next picture will be of it sitting on it's own gear, or of it with the tail group mounted on it.

 Legal Eagle fuselage tack welded up.

Oh, and I have sat in it and made the obligatory airplane noises. :)

 
Starting the year on a good note. PDF Print E-mail

Now that the Mustang II fuselage is sitting vertically I'm going to make use of the shop space to "quick" build the Legal Eagle fuselage.  New years eve I built the two 2'x8' tables and clamped them together to make a single 2'x16' table and leveled them out.  Janurary 1st I laid out the stringer and station locations, clamped the lower longerons in and started fitting tubing.  By the end of January 2nd I had the tail tack welded (minus the tailpost), built the jig for custructing the "cabin" portion and started on fitting the station 3 vertical tubes.  Two days in and I'd guess I'm nearly 1/2 way done with the major fuselage construction.  I'm certainly a fan of the progress so far.  Osh' 12 or bust!

 

Legal Eagle fuselage construction.

 

 
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