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126. Ply cover

06/08/2014

The ply hoops are needed to mount the ply cover on. This is one of the scarier jobs, since it requires holes for the cabane struts, cabane rigging and oil tank lid, all of which appear in more or less random spots in the middle of the ply.

Obviously this was a job for Rick, and while it’s taken a couple of days to sort, the end result is not quite a work of art, but more than just a job well done.

Fettling the ply cover. Each of those holes is very hard to place exactly, and getting the shape right is a complete nightmare!

Fettling the ply cover. Each of those holes is very hard to place exactly, and getting the shape right is a complete nightmare!

Each of the holes is precisely placed, and, despite being weird shapes, there’s a pretty even gap of 3mm or less around each. Fitted, it makes the fuselage look altogether more complete, and is a huge psychological boost.

And this is what it looks like in place. The height, length, and each of theose holes is accurate to within about 1mm. Amazing!

And this is what it looks like in place. The height, length, and each of those holes is accurate to within about 1mm. Amazing!

One of the things we noticed as we were doing it was how very much smaller the cockpit opening was than before, so we were understandably keen to see if we could still get into the bloody thing! Happily it proved possible, even for myself (I’m the tallest of us) and to prove it, Rick demonstrated the technique for getting out.

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