Fuselage #3

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The back half, plus cabine and lift structure

Moved fuselage into the shed

Moved the front of the fuselage into the shed today. How exciting!!
I did slide in the back half that’s made with 7/8″ tube into the 1″ tube of the front half. Also did bend the last section of the tail shown in the photo here on the right.

Seeing the whole fuselage now is impressive. Its so big, I mean long.

And yes its a lot longer then any of the other model’s that Robert produces.


Joining fuselage sides at the back

Getting ready to join the two fuselage sides at the back, with the rudder hinges in place !
Yes perfect,





looks good ๐Ÿ™‚ –>



And then there were some horizontal tubes connecting left and right side…… And a rudder. The whole fuselage is 7.3m long now (about 22 feet) WOW…………….


Last few horizontal tubes

Did the last few horizontal tubes connecting left and right side. Now only 3 more bracing tubes in the next few days. Then all the bracing wires in the back half of the non covered fuselage, that will be interesting !!!

Every time I look at this fuselage I am impressed, looks beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

Last 3 diagonal bracing tubes

Did the last 3 diagonal bracing tubes!! Yeah

Two more things;

  • the bracing wires in the back half and
  • the cabine and lift structure for carrying the wings while stationary and holding them down while flying.

Will start tomorrow with the last item !

I have the whole week off, as I am starting a new job next week so will be doing a lot this coming week I hope.

The cabine

Yesterday and today I workedย on the cabine. This is the “tower” that is going to hold the wing when I am not flying. Steel cables will be attached going down to the wings.




Also started with the lift structure underneath the fuselage. This will have the steel cables connected to it for holding the wings down while I am flying !


This is what it looks like at the moment !!!!!!!

In the next few weeks when I have tires I will pull it out of the shed and make more photo’s of the whole “thing” ๐Ÿ™‚


Bracing back half of fuselage

In the last 3 days worked a bit on the bracing of the back half of the fuselage. Robert supplies 1/8″ steel wire for the bracing (#8 fence wire), but I decided to used steel cable, the same as used for bracing lots of other “things” in the plane. It’s a bit more expensive but a lot easier I think.



I made 20 brackets shown above. They are mounted in the “corners” of all the “boxes” that will be braced.ย Also worked on the frame that holds the tail skid. Will show that tomorrow ! ๐Ÿ™‚

Tail skid frame

Here is the tail skid frame ! Its held in position with the same bolts that I have used for the bracing brackets.




And the first bit of bracing of the back half of the fuselage is done here.

To the right of the diagonal steel wire bracing is the front half of the fuselage. Some of that will be covered with fabric.


To the left is the back half of the fuselage. All of it will be an open frame with steel wire bracing as you see here.



I also added some photos in the landing gear page as that is now also braced !!!!


Internal bracings

Yesterday and today, I finished all the “internal” bracings as the one shown above. All of that went good.

But then I started doing the “outside” ones. A problem I have there is that I can’t or at least its hard to position the crimping tool properly. There are to many tubes in the way. The tool needs to be at right angles with the crimp, and facing away from the opening of the thimble if you know what I mean ๐Ÿ™‚

So now I am thinking of getting an old crimping tool and modify it so the remaining about 70 crimps are going to be a lot easier.
Hopefully soon I can show you my new tool !!

Oh yes last week I started a new job, so at the end of the day I was a bit burned out, but hopefully coming week I can start working a bit on the plane in the evening’s………

Build a crimping tool

This is going my crimping tool. A cheap Chinese bolt cutter and a piece of steel tube with ID 8mm, the size of a crimped sleeve. All I need to do is create a hole on an angle through the cutting blades, weld in the steel tube, and get an metal hack saw and open up the tube, so the “cutter” can open and close again ๐Ÿ™‚
Be back in a few days !




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 greatย  !!!ย  see belowย  ๐Ÿ™‚



Shaving tyres

I knew it was going to be “fun”, shaving the tyres, and yes I was right..
It takes me 4 hours for half a tyre, so more fun tomorrow to finish the first one.





And after ๐Ÿ™‚

Below the “rasp” I used for removing the last few millimeters.


Bits of rubber cut off……..



Last few knobs

Almost there, the last few knobs to cut off !!
After 3 more hours on the second half the first wheel is done. Was a lot of work but it was getting easier and easier. Now a coat of black tyre paint and its all done ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh yes, the tyre went down in weight from 5.3kg to 3.5kg, so almost 2 kg lighter.



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 !!!!!

Rolled the Bleriot outside

Did it !! ย ย Finished the second tyre this morning, in only 3 hours and 5 minutes ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.




Feels great sitting in it !!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


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

A year later …….


Last diagonal

Today I stayed sick home, but couldn’t sit still, so did a few things…..

Checked out the last missing diagonal now I know where the control tube of the aileron go’s “into” the fuselage. You can see that the end is going to be bend and fit nicely in between the two tubes that are already there. This diagonal only just misses the control tube of the aileron. This is exactly what I wanted, as this way I can rivet a gusset plate to it with a hole, so the fabric can be fixed with glue around the tube controlling the aileron.

I will make the diagonal on the other side identical for obvious reasons ๐Ÿ™‚



Entry points for the aileron control tubes

Yesterday I did bend both diagonals, and started installing the first one.

Today I installed the second one. Also started with the entry points for the aileron control tubes that are attached to these diagonals. Here you can see the reason why I waited so long with all of this. It has to be in perfect position and if the diagonal would have been like all the other ones, straight, it would have been in the way for this aileron control.


Cabine and lift structure

The Cabine is the structure on top of the fuselage, from which steel cables come down to carry the wings while the Bleriot is “parked”. Today I braced this, see below.


And the lift structure, is where cables go up from, to the back spar of the wing, carrying the Bleriot while its flying. The lift wires going to the front spar, come up from the landing gear. Also this lift structure is braced today ๐Ÿ™‚