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Chad Baker
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"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." Leonardo da Vinci
"When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." Leonardo da Vinci

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Ch 9.4 Main Gear Cover (1 of 2)
While I'm waiting for the main gear mounting parts to arrive from the Cozy Girrls, I decided to keep moving and work on the main gear access cover. I did not follow the plans method for this.  Instead I followed Wayne Hicks method which I highly recommend. ...

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Ch 9.3: Main Gear Installation (2 of 4 cont'd)
With the outside LG tab layups now complete and straight, I can now accomplish the inside layups to finish off the LG tabs and be ready to start mounting the gear between the bulkheads. Once the outside tabs are built and shaped, the inside tab layups are p...

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Ch 9.3: Main Gear Installation (2 of 4)
Creating Attach Tabs Layups in place and "gently" clamped Now that the gear was jigged, it was time to fabricate the attach tabs which form the structural connections for connecting the main gear to the fuselage.  There are two layups.  First, a 25 ply UNI ...

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Ch 9.3: Main Gear Installation (1 of 3)
Gett'in Jiggy With It.   As bought, the strut doesn't have any way to attach it to the fuselage so you have to provide those by way of fabricating attachment tabs. Note to future builders...Don't rush these steps.  Take your time, check and recheck measurem...

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Ch 9.2 - Preparing the Strut...continued
With the reinforcements out of the way, I'm back to preparing the strut. Glassing the Glass... The next step is a 4 ply layup, ~35 degrees to the leading edge (LE), that provides the strut torsional strength that it doesn't have out of the mold.  The entire...

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Ch 9.2: Preparing the Strut
Main Gear Strut, sanded, cut to 95" total length w/legs cut at 8 degrees up at the trailing edge. I jumped ahead and started at step 9.2 because my shop heater is broken and I can't do any layups in the current temps.  Step 9.2 is the prep of the main gear ...

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Ch: 9.1 Main Gear Reinforcements (3 of 3)
Last But Not Least Ok...down to the last strength reinforcements of the landing gear bulkheads.  This one beefs up the area between the forward and aft LG bulkheads themselves.   This is the area where the main gear bow will actually be installed. Piecing t...

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Ch: 9.1 Main Gear Reinforcements (2 of 3)
Center NACA foam between the Firewall (left) and Aft LG Bulkhead (right) (view is looking from right side of the a/c) Adding strenght between the firewall and aft LG bulkhead.   First the center foam piece is glassed w/2x BID (left).  This is the foam that ...

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Ch: 9.1 Main Gear Reinforcements (1 of 3)
By the time I'm done with Chapter 9, I'll have the main landing gear, wheels, brakes, and speed brake installed.  It starts with reinforcing the area around the landing gear bulkheads so it can hold the main gear bow and take loads from landings. Strength i...
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