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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:43 pm    Post subject: Europa-List: Re: Vertical play at stabilator tips Reply with quote

Like you, I purchased my kit from a builder that lost his hearing shortly after starting the build. One of the things I did that I found very handy later in the build was to permanently install two cleatsabout a foot aftof the“D” window that I was able to temporarily place a 3/4” reinforced plywood so I had a shelf to lay on when I had to do work back there. The“D” window bulkhead will not carry your weight when you lay on it. Also, prior to putting the top on, I marked the inside of the top where the mass balance tower meets it. I then made up a flash offour layers of BID. Then after it set, the next time I put the top back on, I marked where the brackets would go and attached them to the flash. Then, when ready to put the top on, I attached the flash to the top of the tower, applied a coat of Redux and flox so when the top goes on, it’ll squish out and form a great seal between the top and the top of the tower. Some other builders have done this so the tower is in permanently, but I made it so I could remove the tower if I ever had to. This can also be done on the rear bulkheadthat hasthe trim motor mounted on it.
My build was called the quick build kit. It came with the flaps, ailerons, and stabilators already covered with fiberglass.
Keep going….the cool winter is arriving in Florida so you can spend a lot of time on your build.
Mike

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Hi Mike,

Daytona, Florida. I'm actually not that isolated. There are two Europas in the field but, as much as I try to connect with the owners or get a ride in one, it never happens (one is two hangars from mine so it can't get any closer). Maybe one day I will be able to ride one, hopefully before mine flies Smile

So here are some pictures I just posted in my build site:

https://sites.google.com/site/martineuropaxsa291/Fuselage

The stiffening ribs behind the aft bulkhead is just an ugly attempt at preventing binding of the stab bearings. It's working well though not very elegant. As mentioned, next time around (yeah right) I will cleco the fuselage before bonding the bearings (or some other nifty way).

I thought I had a good picture posted of the cradle I have (built by the builder I got the kit from) but its not there. There are a couple of pictures of the cradle but you can't see the flat surface under the fuselage which is where the fuselage is actually resting. The cradle fuselage supports (or whatever those rib things are called) are not touching the fuselage. I trim those back so that there is about an inch of clearance all around between the supports and the fuselage skin. This was done to keep the cradle from deforming the fuselage in any way. Those supports (or ribs) are still there so that I can tilt the whole cradle and still support the fuselage. I also plan to remove the flat surface when ready to install the gear.

Enjoy perusing my site and if you see anything I did wrong let me know Smile

Chris


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