Long EZ N28EZ...Putting it together
Throughout the project, the parts have to be assembled from time to time to test their fit and align them to the other completed components. Then dis-assembled... and repeated over and over. Here are some of those test assemblies.
The first fit of some finished parts. The wings had to be aligned to the spar and fuselage before boring the holes for the wing mount bushings. The winglets had to be properly positioned. The canard had to be fitted, then a foam and fiberglass fairing had to be made to fill the gap and match the fuselage curvature. And the canopy had to be mounted, aligned and tested for fit. Note that the strakes have yet to be built, and the bare centersection spar is visible. Despite what the picture appears to show, I didn't do the above work out in the yard. The plane had to be carefully leveled, and everything had to be maintained in alignment while the holes were bored. That was done inside the garage. It was moved into the yard just for the picture.
The only time up to this point that parts were assembled just to see how it looked. The cowling wasn't trimmed yet, and was being held on with duct tape. I erased a stick that was in the picture, that was supporting the back of the upper cowl. Notice that the fairing between the strake and wing still has to be done, but that it is finished where the canard meets the fuselage. It's beginning to look more like an airplane.
In this picture, the wings and engine were mounted in order to trim and shape the pre-formed cowling and build lips and drill holes to help attach it. At this point, while I had the wings mounted, I took the opportunity to fair in the wing strakes. You can see they are completed in this picture.
This is one of my favorite photos of the plane. I took it from my roof, and looks like it might have been the precursor for the rocket Long Ez that Dick Rutan flew last week! Mean looking!
Right after I got my RX8, I took this photo. I had most of the plane filled and ready for sanding. I had assembled it to check the fit of the various parts and thought it would look cool sitting next to the new car...so here it is.
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