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REFLECTOR: Instant Cockpit: Fuselage Joining



>>I know there have been many attempts to improve the clamping of the upper
>>and lower fuselage during the joining layup.
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>Almost instant cockpit, one hour "Aeropoxy Construction Adhesive" method.
>One hour after you join the halves, you can cut off the flanges and keep
>working.
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>1. Put both halves together and line up side to side, front to back.
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>2. Use a dremmel diamond wheel and cut a "V" through both flanges about
>the middle of pilot side.  Cut "V" deep enough to get flush with the
>exterior wall of the fuselage.
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>3. Hold a straight edge in the V slot and line up top and bottom exterior
>walls until they are flush.  When walls of both halves are flush, clamp
>flanges together securely.  Drill & cleco on both sides of the V.
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>4. Go to co-pilot side and repeat the same.
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>5. Continue cutting Vs about every 10 inches" (alternating side to side)
>joining halves with clecos until all flanges are securely held in place.
>
>6. Mix a cup of Aeropoxy's 1 hr. construction epoxy  EX 6279 Parts A & B.
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>7. Get inside cockpit and have a friend cleco the halves together.  Wear
>your "gas mask" or vent cockpit with a fan through the front hatch.
>
>8. Apply epoxy all the way around the inside where halves join.  Use duct
>tape to force epoxy to stay inside the groove.
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>9. In one hour (after epoxy cures), have friend cut you an exit hole in
>one of the doors.  Be sure to cut hole smaller than size of door.
>
>10. Cut off flanges with dremmel diamond wheel.  Now you can move on
>immediately to glassing the two halves together.  After building with Jim
>Agnew for a week, I started using Aeropoxy construction adhesive on all
>joints throughout my plane.  If you want extra strength, add a little
>micro glass.  This includes all bulkhead installations, adhering the main
>spar to the firewall and especially joining strakes to the fuselage.
>
>Dennis Martin
>Velocity 173 FGE
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