6.10.0 Canard Reinforcements

Per the notes on the right, you can see that this template spans across both the top and bottom of the fuselage. In any case, with the fuselage leveled front to back and side to side, this template is also leveled using the level line on the template. You can’t see it in this photo, but there’s another reference mark on the bottom that lines up with the front surface of the canard bulkhead. Once the template is aligned with that reference mark and leveled, I simply mark an outline and use that to cut this shape into the side. In reality, it turns out that the template is undersized so while test fitting the canard, I had to grind out more than shown here.

Fuselage - Dog House Template

After leveling the fuselage I can then level the template that's used for cutting the canard opening curves.

This is the initial cut for both the template and the dog house cover. The factory pre-marks the cut lines, but they weren’t as accurate as I’d like them to be. The front cut line used the nose of the template on each side, along with a string line, to create a nice, straight cut. I also used the nose access cover and a tape measure to check for accuracy. The rear cut was a bit trickier. I generally used the factory-marked cut line for that, but adjusted it a bit to get it straighter. I used the nose access cover as well as the front cut line and a tape measure to adjust my string line. In the end, after probably an hour’s worth of measuring and adjusting, the end result came out nice. (Measure ten times - cut once!)

Fuselage - Canard - Dog House

This is the raw dog house cutout for the canard. There's a lot more work to be done here!

Fuselage - Dog House Cover

Just a photo of the raw cover after getting cut out of the fuselage. There's a lot of work to do on this yet!

This is only the beginning of the work that needs to be done for the canard opening and installation in the fuselage. More to come later!

ui© John Trautschold 2018