Rolled the Bleriot outside

Did it !!   Finished the second tyre this morning, in only 3 hours and 5 minutes 🙂 I must be getting a lot better doing it, but glad its done. Off to the closest petrol station and pumped up that tyre. Back home straight to the fuselage to put both wheels on, and rolled my Bleriot outside.

The front looks a bit funny with only the front covered with the ply. Just remember that 2 more sections are going to be covered with fabric.

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Feels great sitting in it !!!!! 🙂

 

Next the engine. That’s going to be exciting………………………….


A year later …….


 

30 PSI for now

Today went to a petrol station at lunchtime to pump up the tyre, but wasn’t sure what pressure to go to. Luckily there was a biker pumping up his tyre as well, so I asked. He said he always went up to 34, so I figured I would get to 30 PSI for now.

I pressurized the tyre but one part didn’t pop into the rim, and I thought that it was the tube stuck or doubled up there. So I deflated it and went back to work. I rang the motorbike shop I got the tyre from and asked. They said you can easily pump it up to 100 PSI to pop it into place and then deflate it. So after work, drove past another petrol station, pumped it up to 50, and yes after a minute it popped nicely into place. Then let some air out and now its just beautiful. Really happy with the result !!!!!

Welding

A few weeks ago I bought a welder, here you see my first little job. Welded the “ring” into the two sides of the cutter and then cut it open with a hack saw. After my first crimp, I made a little adjustment so it crimped a bit tighter.

 

 

All work’s really well. After I crimp the sleeve on an angle, I can finish the job with a normal crimp tool from the side and crimp it to the final correct size. Looks great  !!!  see below  🙂

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