Ailerons 18 (2.0 hr)

Today was a collection of random tasks for the hangar. First, I finally got a new torpedo heater to replace the propane heater I was using. This is a Procom 175VT factory reconditioned unit for $259. It includes some whiz-bang features like automatically variable BTU output from 125k to 175k based upon the thermostat setting, and manual btu selection. Its also multiple fuel burning kerosene, diesel, heating fuel, or jet A. I’m running tax-free off road diesel in it. 

The hangar mascot was quite cold until I fired up the heater.

I temporarily installed the bell cranks.

I also bought some new parts organization bins to organize some parts I’ve left sitting around and in anticipation of the fuselage kit’s arrival in May.

I also installed the ailerons in order to match up all the hardware for easier installation later.

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So tonight I used the Bullock Method for wing jacks to support the spars from sagging on the stand.  The Bullock Method, as I’ve named it, is pretty simple.  A couple blocks of wood and a long bolt make a very quick and effective adjustable jack stand.  I refuse to buy stuff if I don’t need it, and this was no exception.  I had most of the hardware laying around including the wood. Its even easier if you have your dog do the work!20131028-194344.jpg

Here is the result. 20131028-194356.jpgFinally, I ordered some parts from Van’s Aircraft.  I bought the replacement parts for the tie down brackets I messed up, 50′ of conduit, and the proper screw eyes for the tie downs.  Hopefully it will arrive before the weekend.