Control stick

Worked this weekend on the control stick. The torque tube still needs to be cut to the right length.

The two elevator control cables will be fixed to the two bolts shown in the left photo, one below and one above the pivot point of the control stick. The back of the torque tube still needs the bell crank that is going to move the ailerons, but I will add that when the wings with the ailerons are done. So that’s still a little while away.

Next is going to be the LANDING GEAR. Wow making progress I think.

I am not adding the back part of the fuselage yet, because I want to do as much as possible in the garage which is not long enough for the whole fuselage, so that will have to wait till I move into the shed just 50m away from the house 🙂

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The piece of 2″ tube going to the left (forward) of the control stick is now cut of, to give me a “clear view down” !!!

There won’t be a floor so, can keep an eye on what’s below me 🙂

Rudder control pedals almost ready

Almost done with the rudder control pedals, next will be fixing them to the floor boards.
What you see here is the back, with an access hole to the nut, just in case……

The two tangs shown on the side are used for:

1 Connect the cable going backwards to the walking bar and then to the rudder,

2 Attach a spring to pull the pedal slightly forward, to stop if from “falling” backwards.

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Below are the pedals in position and fixed to the floor boards. Have used some string for now to see how they work with the walking bar. Feels good I think ! 🙂

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Piano hinge

Got a piano hinge today and cut two 5.5″ bits (the width of the pedal) for the two hinges for the pedals. That all looks good. Also I started cutting and shaping aluminium sheet to go on both sides of the pedal frame. So yes starting to look like a real one 🙂

Also I have changed the tubing a bit. The short bit supporting the bolt is now gone, and replaced by a longer one going all the way to the top of the pedal, and positioned in the center. The bolt is a bit longer as well. Will show you soon !

Rudder pedals

The beginning of the rudder pedals. Tubes for one done, next one soon !

This frame of 5/8″ tube will be covered on both sides with 2021T3 aluminium sheet.
It will have a hinge at the bottom of the pedal (is left on the photo). The cables will be connected on the AN4 bolt. The extra bit of short piece tube supporting the bolt will give it extra strength.

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Bits

Here are 2 bits that need to be welded first for the “thing” that will be positioned on the two diagonal cross tubes just behind the back carry through. One bit is open so it fits over the first existing diagonal. The second diagonal slides through the second bit.

Once its welded, I need to make two more bits to support the walking bar.

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