back to building the buttercup

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back to building the buttercup

Postby flying2nc » Sat Feb 13, 2021 12:13 am

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we are back to building our buttercup after taking quite a few years off because of "life", I am determined this time to complete the plane and putting other projects on the back-burner, First off I would like to say thank you to PLANECRAZZZY for his help in getting me back on this sight because of crashed computers and forgotten passwords, also he is a big help with information and inspiration with his butterwind build.
I am about finished with all the ribs now and will start assembling wings as soon as my spar materiel arrives, FYI I was trying to find cheaper sitka spruce from someone other than acs and when I inquired at wicks about if they had spar wood Kieth Gibbs their purchasing sales support guy told me they did not carry spar wood anymore, so I asked him if he knew of anyone else who sold or carried sitka spar wood and I was informed by Kieth Gibbs about Aircraft Spruce that and I Quote: Unfortunately they are now the only one that he knows of that deals with spruce. They have a long waiting list, and the word is they are going to stop selling spruce soon as well.
so I guess they will be changing their name to aircraft supplies then?
when I bought my sitka spar wood for making the wing ribs I purchased 1/4"x 5/8" instead of the print recommended 1/4" x 1/2" , just to make the ribs and a little beefier and I didn't think the extra weight penalty wouldn't be that much that I couldn't make it up in another area in a lighter design. because of this I had to steam and pre bend all of my top & bottom cap strips on the 3/4 and full ribs.I steamed them 20 minutes once steam started, this was good on everything except for the bottom cap strip on the full ribs,, with the pre bend jig I made I was able to steam and pre bend 2 at a time, and out of the first two that I tried to pre bend @ 20 minutes steam time one snapped!
I had put them both on the jig and clamped them down with no resistance or issue and when I checked on them a couple hours later one of them had split apart in a 3 inch failure,, so the next time I steamed a couple pieces of wood for the bottom full rib I bumped it up to 35 minutes steam time and did not have any more issues. after steaming the capstrips I let them dry in 72 degrees before attempting to glue up a rib so I am certain they are dry enough for epoxy.
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thumbnail_bottom rib pre-bend jig.jpg
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Re: back to building the buttercup

Postby planecrazzzy » Sun Feb 14, 2021 9:01 am

This "Wider" cap strip material got me thinking about fabric lacing...the reinforce weave (5/8"twill ?)
Either you gotta find the material to stitch it.... or break a 1/16" off both sides ...back to 1/2"
just a quick taper ...cause of gusset contact area ...
I think I'd put the gussets on before anything was shaped .

I don't really know's fabric protection , for both directions ..laced for pushing and pulling
A&P's on the usually have the answer ...options.
Ok...Back to dreaming about flying her .
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