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Re: Chucker's Sonerai II (minus)
« Reply #30 on: Sep 25, 2016 »
Finished the restraint system installation.  More photos in gallery in the "Restraint System" album.

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Re: Chucker's Sonerai II (minus)
« Reply #31 on: Oct 30, 2016 »
Back home. Back in the shop. Back to building.

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Re: Chucker's Sonerai II (minus)
« Reply #32 on: Jan 29, 2017 »
Progress photos.  Working on the turtledeck.  Braking system is next.  Then I will hang the wings and drill the carry throughs. 

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Re: Chucker's Sonerai II (minus)
« Reply #33 on: Jan 31, 2017 »
Good Progress!  Keep Going!
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Re: Chucker's Sonerai II (minus)
« Reply #34 on: Jan 31, 2017 »
Done with the turtledeck... at least until the sanding and painting begins.  Here are some final photos.

All the welding on the bow is because a previous builder had a great idea....that wasn't.  I had to modify things back to the plans.... well, close to the plans.

I'm thinking of cutting out the splice in the spine running up to the bow and replace it with a new piece of 3/8".  I know that it will work as-is.... but I just can't stand looking at it.

That said, I have a new philosophy in my building life:

Airworthy is the MINIMUM
Excellent is the GOAL
Perfect is the ENEMY

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Re: Chucker's Sonerai II (minus)
« Reply #35 on: Feb 26, 2017 »
Here are some photos of my brake handle and parking brake.  Still need to go to ACE and find a spring to hold the locking mechanism up.
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Re: Chucker's Sonerai II (minus)
« Reply #36 on: Mar 03, 2017 »
Working on the axles and brakes.  Unfortunately, Azusa does not really make a left and right brake arm.  However, I think I will use the old arms and cams.  The arms are straight and the spline provides many more adjustment options.  The new brakes came with pre-bent arms (both bent for the same side of the airplane) and square attachment shafts (meaning only four options).

Please disregard the ACE Hardware bolts.  They will be replaced by AN-4s once I determine the necessary grip.

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Re: Chucker's Sonerai II (minus)
« Reply #37 on: Mar 09, 2017 »
I thought I would share my axle straightening apparatus.  I don't have a bench and vise beefy enough for the job...so here are some pictures of my solution.

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Re: Chucker's Sonerai II (minus)
« Reply #38 on: Mar 10, 2017 »
Welded the wing support/static port tube in place.

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Re: Chucker's Sonerai II (minus)
« Reply #39 on: Apr 30, 2017 »
Thoughts?

The rising sun and sharks teeth come from my first squadron, VF-111, Sundowners.

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Re: Chucker's Sonerai II (minus)
« Reply #40 on: May 01, 2017 »
Looks cool,   I love that canopy....

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Re: Chucker's Sonerai II (minus)
« Reply #41 on: Aug 02, 2017 »
Behold my 14-gallon Sonerai II fuel tank!

With the tail down it holds 14 gallons when filled all the way to the neck. However, in a level attitude, there is maybe a half-gallon of space remaining. Over to you experienced Sonerai fliers for recommendations on how much room to leave when filling the tank. However, I am thrilled with anything over 12 gallons of usable fuel.

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Re: Chucker's Sonerai II (minus)
« Reply #42 on: Aug 05, 2017 »
Finished up my tailwheel linkage as well.  The geometry was a bit tricky.  too much throw in either direction and the wheel went over center....never to return of its own volition.  I was also getting uneven throw due to the fact that the attach point on the rudder bell crank is well aft of the rudder pivot point and the tailwheel attach point is directly abeam the tailwheel pivot point.  I added a tab to the tailwheel caster to move the attach point further aft and I now have relatively even throw....and the wheel will not go over center.

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Re: Chucker's Sonerai II (minus)
« Reply #43 on: Dec 07, 2017 »
Here is my latest bite out of the elephant.

 

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