8 FEBRUARY 2003
A rare golf-free Saturday and we both spent the
day building. After discussing the fuel tank problem with Neville at Europa,
we are sending the fuel guage back to the factory for them to test it
in one of their tanks. If their's doesn't pass the bubble test, then we
know we've got some fault in the assembly. So today we concentrated on
finishing the autopilot. Here is the finished bay before installing the
autopilot servo. Believe it or not this was 12 man hours' work.
The autopilot bay
This assembly would
have taken much longer if Peter hadn't got out his favourite tool for
Peter looking for Ian's head
13 FEBRUARY 2003
After much measuring, adjusting, sanding and swearing
we finally fitted all the control links. We also tried the joy sticks
for the first time. Fantastic. All we need now is a fuselage, wings, tail,
engine and we're in business!
took hours to get right |
Take a seat and we'll go flying!
13 MARCH 2003
Ian spent two weeks on holiday while Peter soldiered
on with the project. Peter sorted out the autopilot and fuel tank. Then
he claimed there was nothing else he could do single handed because the
next step is a two man job, so he had a few days catching up with the
rest of his life. We now have to align both wings together into the cockpit
module to set a couple of important bushes in place. This means one wing
will be in the workshop and the other out in the drive overnight. We are
praying for calm weather at the weekend because high winds will send the
starboard wing across the Surrey countryside!
14 MARCH 2003
Spent ages trying to set up the wings together using
workmates and Peter's dining chairs as supports. It was totally impossible
to get the wings to stay still and remain level. One fell off and broke
one of Peter's chairs. He was well pissed off. Decided to borrow Ian Rickard's
specially made trestles and start again tomorrow.
15 MARCH 2003
Success! Using the
right trestles made the job very straightforward. We bonded the bushes
in place with Redux. Here are the wings, inside and outside the workshop:
The wing sticking out of the garage. Hope the milkman sees it in
We agreed to meet
later that evening, after the Redux had set, to dismantle the wings and
put them away. Peter invited us for dinner with the ladies. Ian said he
would bring a starter along, then went home to do some cooking, returned
later with his wife, Anne, but left the starter in the fridge at home!
Needless to say, the Redux still hadn't set even after dinner and several
bottles of Tempranillo. So Peter pulled it all apart the next morning
aided by Lyn, but hampered by his hangover.
22 MARCH 2003
We had to set the wings up again so we could fix
the brackets for the aileron quick release system. This all seemed to
work out OK. It was a lovely day so Peter left the bulk of the work to
Ian while he went to play Golf.
23 MARCH 2003
The Redux was dry and we pulled the assembly apart.
26 MARCH 2003
Started working on fitting the fuel tank. Ian had
a heavy cold and couldn't even smell the acetone. Peter displayed his
usual sympathy and just turned the radio up to drown the sound of sniffing.