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1-30-2005
The longerons are all aircraft quality 3/8" x 3/4" fir sandwiched with offset 15:1 scarf joints.

My fuselage sides are 15" longer than the standard KR-2S.

T-88 Epoxy throughout.

3/32" Mil-Spec Aircraft Plywood was used on the Fuselage sides.

7-7-2005
The worktable is ready for me to lay out the fuselage sides and begin installing the cross members.

You can never have too many drills. :)
The box on the table is full of White Pine and Douglas Fir for the fuselage.

The line down the center will be the reference for just about everything, so special care was needed to insure it was absolutely straight.

 

7-26-2005
After many hours of fighting the dreaded "Banana Boat" bending of the top longeron I finally have a shape I'm happy with and the fuselage sides are all set for installing the belly cross members.

You can see the first 3 rough cut cross members sitting on top (technically the bottom) of the fuselage sides. I hope to be cutting and fitting all of them this weekend. The red light you see is my little laser level mounted to a camera tripod, just to help keep everything centered up and nicely symmetrical.

9-16-2005
After a bit of a delay due to my work schedule, all of the belly cross members have been fitted and centered. Very little adjustment of the jig blocks was needed to achieve a symmetrical shape after fitting.

10-9-2005
The first Three cross members have been glued into place with T-88. I'm just waiting for a little more spruce so I can set the tail spars and firewall.