Bolts through carry through

Tightened up the 4 AN5 bolts that go through the 2″ carry through, to lock them into the fuselage frame. You can just see one of them in the big photo above, on the left side of the front carry through.

You might remember that the 2 vertical tubes on each side of the carry through have a second tube inside, to make it all nice and strong !!!

The same 4 bolts also hold the four 1 and 7/8″ inserts in place that now stick out on each side of the fuselage (again see big photo above for the front right insert). The 2″ wing spars will slide over these when attached to the fuselage.

Also started with the cross tubes (connecting the left and right side) where the two floor boards go. These cross tubes don’t “hang” underneath the bottom 2 longerons, but I am placing them on top. Will show you on Saturday what that is going to look like.

Cutting ply

Waiting for some welding to be done on the fuel tank and the first stage of my seat.

So today I cut the ply that goes on the side of the fuselage. It fits perfectly. Looks a bit strange right now, a bit naked.


Also today, I started with the the cabane struts. In wire-braced monoplanes, e.g. the Blériot XI, the cabane struts (generally referred to as the cabane) form the structure above the wings to which the wing’s bracing wires are attached.


Control stick

In the last few days I have finished all the diagonals that I could do, and now before I can continue with the seat I have made the control stick, or at least the start of it. This way I can find out how far it needs to be positioned forward so I can start with the tubes carrying the seat 🙂


Yes summer is really slowing me down. So many other little projects and big gardens to maintain.

Every day when we come home from work, we spend at least half an hour in the garden, looking for weeds, planting plants, mowing lawns etc etc.

And then half an hour or more working on the plane, before we start preparing tea. That way there is more time in the weekend.



But before Xmas I am finishing a path with pavers, so that will take a few days, and them before you know it, its the end of the year.

But really enjoying building the Bleriot !!!!!

How am I going to do the seat

Turned the fuselage around again, the right way up and started on the diagonals.

Also started thinking how I am going to do the seat, or more precisely what framing to create to mount it on. So in the near future I might be doing some work with ply to create a nice authentic looking seat 🙂

But before that I need to put the fuel tank in, as I can’t finish the cross tubes and diagonals because they would be in the way.