Total OneX Build Time: 517.0 hours
  • Hundreds of Holes

    Friday was a busy day and I only got to work 4 hours fabricating parts for the main spar. This morning I fabricated about 8 more parts. Then the main spar webs. These are 2 long, heavy pieces of aluminum that provide the main structure of the main spar. They...
  • What a Mess

    Three hours after beginning work I had everything cleaned up. The fiberglass mold I laid out yesterday came off the plane very nicely. The plane is not glued together in terrible ways… whew! But boy was it a mess. Wax, silicon film, clay, and epoxy all over the place. These...
  • Tail Fairing

    I’m not at all pleased with the way the tail panels came out. See the first picture. They required lots of bending to make them fit. It was non-trivial and I think I did a poor job. This became an opportunity to try out some composite technique. First was the...
  • Tail Gear

    File! Grind! File! That’s how the day began. The horizontal tail and the rudder need to travel 25° up and down, left and right respectively. Not only that, their lever arms need to hit squarely with the surfaces they meet at the end of their travel. To achieve this meant...
  • Tight Quarters

    The tail is attached! It all began last Friday. Christoph, a colleague from 8th Light in London was in town for a conference. After we flew to Sedona for lunch I convinced him to help me attach the tail surfaces to the fuselage. We tried out the vertical tail and...