Landing gear

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Vaseline on the wheels

While watching the Olympics tonight, I have put Vaseline on the wheels. A friend said that the metal could easily rust, and Vaseline would prevent it from rusting. So there you go. That’s done now.
Tomorrow back to fuselage !!!

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Ovalized aluminum tubes

No photos to show about the work done so far, but have done a lot of preparations.

The main landing gear frame consists of 6 tubes. Four of them are ovalized aluminum tubes with a piece of 1 ” square steel pipe inside.

Drilled a lot of holes, getting everything ready to assemble. You will be impressed in the next few days, when I can show some phhotos !!   🙂

Top LG ovalized tube

Mon 20 May 2013:
Below the top tube for the fuselage that’s been ovalized with a 1″ square steel tube inside.

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Above the top of the vertical tube that will be mounted into the top horizontal tube and against the fuselage. It also has a 1″ square steel tube in it with a AN5 nut welded inside.

Below the bottom of this vertical tube.

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Left, the bracket that’s used to fix the top tube and the vertical tube into place.

Starting to look like a plane

Look look !!!! Today I spend 7 hours fitting the bracing tubes, see below. I slowly worked my way through the bits for this. Went really well, and really happy with it 🙂

Slowly this box of tubes is starting to look like a plane! A real plane, wow !! 🙂

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Below the tang for the diagonal brace that supports the weight of the plane “going  into the wheels”

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Above, the bracing fixed into the bottom longeron, and below the tong for bracing the lift structure.

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Left, ready to mount the bracket that connects the bottom horizontal tube that completes up the “landing gear frame”.

Banging 1″ square tube

Spent 2 hours but felt like it was all day on banging the 1″ square tube inside the bottom oval tube. But with the help of Rutger, my 12 year old son it all went a bit easier. The big problem is that the tube has been squashed a bit to much by Robert. But its all looking good now !

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Next some brackets to make the connection (see below) between bottom tube and two tubes going up.

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Finished 2 forks

Spend a few hours this weekend on the landing gear. finished the 2 forks, see photo above, and started with the connections from the bottom of the fork, back up to the slider. You can see this “slider” in the same photo above at the bottom of the round tube. I might get some tires this week, so that I can roll the front fuselage out of the garage next weekend. Its all getting a bit heavier now with the landing gear almost completely in place !