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Re: Firestar II / Full Enclosure/ Sections

Postby planecrazzzy » Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:26 pm

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I made parts for both sides as I was fabricating . its easier to match the other side that way .
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After I got the lexan lip riveted in place on the front panel , it was time to layout the cut line on the door .

I used masking tape , it was easy to see in the shear . I just cut off the tape.

Then I got the door angle in place , it helps form the lexan around the curve of the fuselage .
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Re: Firestar II / Full Enclosure/ Sections

Postby planecrazzzy » Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:31 pm

Couple more pictures
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Re: Firestar II / Full Enclosure/ Sections

Postby planecrazzzy » Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:21 pm

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The escape door is done ...
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I could block the release spring with Styrofoam ?

The door can't move forward or back...it can't move inside or out.

It can only move "UP"...

Up is blocked by the spring/banding material.
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That Brace" is a busy little piece .
It strengthens the door angle , it stops the door lock , and it acts like a little handle .

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Next step is outside or the pole barn...

I need the wings on for the fit to the gap seal and enclosure .

That would be a good time for a new W&B
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I will still put safety wire on the rear lexan panels

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Re: Firestar II / Full Enclosure/ Sections

Postby planecrazzzy » Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:36 am

Going back ...and other details

First ...Yellow electric tape added a good touch , I also covered the yellow stripes with a big piece of clear tape.

The second picture has the angle to see where the door tab fits ...

Third pic has foam stuffed behind the release spring ... I took it out .

If I put something like that on it , I need to be able to pull it out easy . it really doesn't need anything .
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Re: Firestar II / Full Enclosure/ Sections

Postby planecrazzzy » Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:39 pm

More details...

Since I had a tab in the forward area of the other side , I thought it could use one on the door ,
It helps with a tight seal .
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You can see the door handle "stop"...
Its a 1/2" stainless steel rivet , with an aluminum sleeve and nylon washer .
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The handle is thicker but it flexed , I worked it with the Beader
its a lot stronger .

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Re: Firestar II / Full Enclosure/ Sections

Postby planecrazzzy » Sun Aug 16, 2020 7:41 pm

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Outside today .

Its a rough cut ...ain't it always
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I lucked out , I can get it from one of the drops .

. Oh.... The other lexan I forgot to take pictures , it looks good for a flight .

I'll cut this pattern ... I think I'll be able to set the plane up again tomorrow and work on fitting the gap seal , gap plug ...

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Re: Firestar II / Full Enclosure/ Sections

Postby planecrazzzy » Tue Aug 18, 2020 5:45 am

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I was able to do some fit-up before the gap seal was in place , using the leading edge tubes as a guide .
Then touch it up a little more after the gap seal was on.
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It snaps into place ....cool
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Re: Firestar II / Full Enclosure/ Sections

Postby planecrazzzy » Tue Aug 18, 2020 6:05 am

Hey Guys ,
I'm liking the fit... with the help of a heat gun, I bent the side lexan to wrap around the top piece .
I'll clean it up later , cut some off an round it a little .
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The Goose is helping ... in fact , she's by my side while I'm logging this .
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The last pic is a tape line... it tells me where to bend those back panels of lexan.

That will strengthen that area ...plus give me better access to the fuel tanks without making a little door .
It might be strong enough to connect the gap seal .
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Re: Firestar II / Full Enclosure/ Sections

Postby planecrazzzy » Tue Aug 18, 2020 5:53 pm

Seems I still had a little piece of lexan left ...
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Prop blast area , so heavier hardware is needed
I made some aluminum clamps
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The piece can be added to , or used to make a better one .
Its limited how close ...How much ?
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